“Mentoring is integral to my creative process. It’s what my elders taught me.”

Language is a powerful tool, and no one knows better than d’bi young anitafrika. Using language with intention and vision, changing the very name she goes by, d’bi has welded theory and practice to become a masterful performer. Raised as Debbie Young in Jamaica, d’bi moved to Canada in 1993. Since then, she has performed in plays, tv shows, and bands. She has written multiple plays and books of poetry.

Her creative works have not gone unnoticed: she has won many awards within the performing community and has evolved into one of the most innovative educators in Canadian performance art.

“I’ve learned that I can’t present controversial subject matter and expect my audience to go home and be okay. There has to be a process where we can dialogue about the work."