As part of its Alumni Week activities, the University of Windsor Alumni Association will host an online discussion of “Black Excellence in the Performing Arts,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
Dwania Peele (BA 2011, BSc 2011) will moderate a panel of three graduates of the School of Dramatic Art making their mark in theatre, film, and commercials:
- Kevin Hanchard (BFA 2012) is a television and film actor, known for his starring roles in Hudson & Rex, The Porter, and Orphan Black.
- Alexis Gordon (BFA 2012) is a stage actress, currently appearing in her fourth season at the Shaw Festival. She earned the 2022 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role for her performance as Ma in Room, produced by the Grand Theatre, Mirvish Productions, and Covent Garden Productions.
- Jamaal Grant (BFA 2003) is an actor, known for national commercials in Canada and the U.S., most notably RBC and McDonald’s with fellow UWindsor alum Reid Janisse). His most noteworthy television appearances include Super Mighty Makers, The Expanse, and Chucky as well as upcoming series on Netflix: Graymail, Painkiller, and Gray.
They will share how they got started in the business, how their paths cross with other UWindsor graduates, and what they are doing to help other Black actors excel in the performing arts.