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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

'The Story of Samuel Stout' by Uju Umenyi & Theatre on the Ridge


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Port Perry Anglican Church of the Ascension

266 North St.

Port Perry, ON



Offered in English.


The quaint town of Port Perry, Ontario, holds hidden histories. Theatre on the Ridge commissioned actor and writer Uju Umenyi to create a play inspired by the life of Professor Samuel Stout, the first Black resident of Port Perry, Ontario. The play will explore hidden stories, unpacking the ways history is written and erased, and seeks to share Samuel Stout’s experience of racism in a small town in Ontario. For her Ontario Culture Days residency, Umenyi will develop and lead a series of interactive audience and community engagement workshops with a focus on both the theatre creation process and exploring local Black history. The residency will culminate in the first reading of the script during the 2022 Ontario Culture Days Festival.

Artist’s bio:

Uju Umenyi is an emerging writer and performer located in the GTA. Along with being an active member of the theatre community, Uju has also won a performance award for her role in Doubt: A Parable and is currently an artist in residence at Theatre on the Ridge in Port Perry. Music will also play a big role in the eventual production of this project.

Partner bio:

Theatre on the Ridge produces theatre and storytelling events, engaging artists, audiences and the broader community to tell their individual and collective stories. Through their educational programming and community events, they aim to increase access to theatre programming in the Durham, ON region.



Ontario Culture Days

The Ontario Culture Days Festival is an annual celebration of arts, culture and heritage taking place each fall. The Ontario Culture Days Creatives in Residence programs aim to let people in on the artistic process, as we highlight and share the work of creatives from across the province.