Shauntay Grant

Shauntay Grant is an author, poet, playwright, and multimedia artist who lives and works in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia). A multidisciplinary artist with professional degrees in creative writing, music, and journalism, she “creates artworks that are engaging and accessible, but also challenging, rigorous, and informed by deep research” (The Royal Society of Canada). She is the author of The Bridge, published by Playwrights Canada Press and winner of a Robert Merrit Award. Other projets include Beyere (commissioned by Obsidian Theatre for its 21 Black Futures project in partnership with CBC Gem), Passing (commissioned for Eastern Front Theatre’s Micro Digitals Creation Project), and Identity: A Song Cycle (commissioned by Against The Grain Theatre). She’s been a playwright in residence with 2b theatre company where she is currently developing Maridzambira, a musical play created in collaboration with Zimbabwe’s “Princess of the Mbira” Hope Masike. She is the editor of the forthcoming anthology From The Ashes: Six Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, 2023) and the author of the children’s picture books My Fade Is Fresh (Penguin Random House, 2022) and Africville which won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. A member of The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, she teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

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