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Searching for Eastman

Presented by Canadian Stage


Created by the wind in the leaves collective based on poetry of charles c. smith

Julius Eastman (1940-1990) was a Black and queer minimalist composer. Outspoken about his social identities, Eastman was a provocative character who infused his remarkable compositions with these sensibilities. Through music, poetry, theatre, dance, and video, Searching for Eastman reveals the complexities of this extraordinary artist and his art.

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Looking for some bonus programming to go with your ticket to Searching for Eastman? We've got you covered! You're invited to attend:

  • Friday, April 5th post-show talkback at 9:40pm at the Berkeley Street Theatre with charles c smith

This performance contains coarse language and some scenes of violence.


Creator, Artistic Director, Author

  • charles c. smith

Created by

  • wind in the leaves collective

Lighting Design/ Production Stage Manager

  • *Sharon DiGenova

Projection and Sound Design

  • Matthew Maaskant


  • Kevin A. Ormsby

Rehearsal Director/ Assistant Stage Manager

  • Jillia Cato

Assistant Rehearsal Director

  • Dwauntea Chambers

Associate Rehearsal Director

  • Allison Cummings

Promotional, Educational and Experiential Video Director

  • S-Quire Johnson

Vocal Coach

  • Anita La Selva


  • Emily Duckett
  • Kéïta Fournier-Pelletier
  • Nickeshia Garrick
  • Julianna Heft
  • Rumi Jeraj
  • Bakari Lindsay I
  • Mafa Makhubalo
  • Abbey Richens
  • charles c. smith
  • *Yui Ugai


  • Jillia Cato
  • Dwauntea Chambers
  • Katie Couchie
  • Kevin A. Ormsby
  • Abbey Richens

Music Credit

  • Evil Nigger
  • Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc
  • Stay On It
  • Gay Guerrilla
  • Composed by Julius Eastman
  • *Presented under license from Music Sales Corporation, copyright owners. G.SCHIRMER, INC. & Associated Music Publishers, Inc.

Canadian Stage's New Work Development Department is generously supported by the Fabio Mascarin Foundation.

Searching for Eastman is supported by the K.M. Hunter Foundation. 

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