Trey Anthony

Trey Anthony (born 1983) is a British-born Canadian playwright, actor, and producer, best known for her award-winning play and television series Da Kink in My Hair.[1] As a producer, she worked for the Women's Television Network and the Urban Women's Comedy Festival.[2] She founded Trey Anthony Studios, a television and theater production company dedicated to producing new works of theater.[3]

Trey Anthony
Born (1983-02-18) February 18, 1983 (age 38)
London, England
OccupationPlaywright, actor, producer
Notable worksDa Kink in My Hair
Notable awardsNAACP Theatre Award (2007), Gemini Award (2008)
Trey Anthony Studios

Personal lifeEdit

Born in London, England to Jamaican parents, Anthony arrived in Canada at 12 years old with her mother. They lived in the working class city of Rexdale before moving to the suburbs of Brampton. Before leaving for Canada, Anthony's mother had left ahead, leaving her from the ages of 6 to 12 to be raised by her grandmother.

Anthony's grandmother had in turn left her mother in Jamaica when leaving for the UK.[4] Anthony's grandmother had been part of the Domestic Scheme Act, allowing her to go to a first world country if she proved she had no family ties.[5]

She has a brother, Darren Anthony, who is also a writer.[2]

Anthony is openly lesbian.[6]


She is a regular on the Canadian comedy circuit. She began doing stand-up comedy during African Nubian Comedy Nights where she honed her comedic wit and timing.[7] She soon became a crowd favorite and began writing and producing her own sketch comedy shows at Second City. These shows sold out monthly and Anthony moved her monthly shows to a bigger venue, growing her audience, and creating more demand for her theatrical work and projects.

She is a recipient of the prestigious Harry Jerome Award for the arts and the recipient of an Eve Ensler Award of the Arts.

In 2017, Anthony launched her new brand, Black Girl in Love, which features the first lifestyle planner/organizer geared at professional black woman and also includes merchandise, workshops and retreats.

She has performed at The Second City, the Urban Womyn's Comedy Festival and Toronto's St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. She was also a writer and performer for Kenny Robinson's sketch comedy show After Hours with Kenny Robinson and a writer for The Chris Rock Show.[7]

In 2017, her play How Black Mothers Say I Love You debuted at the Factory Theatre, Toronto.[8] She is currently working on turning How Black Mothers say I Love You into a feature film.

In 2020, Anthony appeared in CBC Gem's Queer Pride Inside special.[9]

'Da Kink in My HairEdit

Her hit play and television series, 'Da Kink in My Hair, has received tremendous critical acclaim, and was named one of the top ten plays in Canadian theatrical history and the winner of four NAACP and received several Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Originally set as a one woman show, 'Da Kink documents the lives of women in a Caribbean style Jamaican hair salon in Toronto.[10]

Starting out at the Toronto French Festival in 2001[10] 'Da Kink has been produced in California, New York, London, and was the first Canadian play to be produced at the Princess of Wales Theatre.[2]

Anthony is the first Black Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network. A television series version of 'Da Kink in My Hair began airing in 2007 and Anthony was a cast member before the show was cancelled in 2009.

'Da Kink in my Hair is currently touring again in Canada.

Trey Anthony StudiosEdit

Trey Anthony Studios was founded by Anthony with the mission to "produce television and theater for urban audiences."[2] It has produced and continuous to produce Anthony's works and has also produced Secrets of a Black Boy, a play written by her brother Darren.[11]

Selected worksEdit

  • 'Da Kink in my Hair
  • I Am Not a Dinner Mint, The Crap Women Swallow to Stay in a Relationship!
  • How Black Mothers Say I Love You
  • Black Girl in Love (with Herself)


  • Eve Ensler Vagina Warrior Award 2005[12]
  • NAACP Theatre Award 2007[13]
  • Gemini Award 2008
  • Harry Jerome Award 2009[14]
  • Egale Canada – Queering Black History Award 2009[15]


  1. ^ Swartz, Shauna (28 March 2007). "Trey Anthony Brings Black Women Onstage - AfterEllen". AfterEllen. Retrieved 4 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c d "Trey Anthony Studios". Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  3. ^ "Trey Anthony Studios". Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  4. ^ "The story that inspired 'How Black Mothers Say I Love You' | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
  5. ^ The story that inspired 'How Black Mothers Say I Love You', retrieved 2018-05-17 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "I was the target for a volley of taunts, says playwright Trey Anthony | The Star". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  7. ^ a b DeMara, Bruce (4 December 2007). "When doors closed, she hired herself". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 4 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Clay, Chris (1 March 2017). "'da Kink in my Hair' playwright Trey Anthony explores family relationships in new play 'How Black Mothers Say I Love You'". Retrieved 4 March 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Peter Knegt, "This Pride, come inside for a digital queer cabaret unlike anything else". CBC Arts, June 22, 2020.
  10. ^ a b National Arts Centre (2016-10-18), Trey Anthony - 'da Kink in my Hair, retrieved 2018-05-17 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Secrets of a Black Boy | Theatre Passe Muraille". Retrieved 2018-06-16.
  12. ^ Kish, Cuauhtémoc (2005-09-15), 'Da Kink in My Hair', archived from the original on 2015-09-24 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  13. ^ Lostracco, Marc (2007-02-20), Local Play Wins Four NAACP Awards
  14. ^ James, Royson (2013-04-26), Harry Jerome Awards offer a gift to a whole community: James
  15. ^ Rau, Krishna (2009-02-18), Naming Canada's top black queer activists

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