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Dr. Geraldine Connor - Bio - Women in Pan

Geraldine Connor

Geraldine Connor was born in London, in 1952, to Trinidadian parents and Caribbean cultural ambassadors Edric Connor, singer, actor, folklorist and film-maker and Pearl Connor, cultural activist, theatrical agent and black theatre consultant.

Geraldine Connor is a freelance Theatre Director. An ethnomusicologist by profession, she was a senior teaching fellow at the University of Leeds (1992 – 2004) and holds a MMus (London)., LRSM, Dip. Ed. She held a two year appointment as Associate Director (Music) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (2001 – 2003). A composer, performer, musical director and vocal animator specialising in mainstream rock and pop, Caribbean carnival, Caribbean folk and African American Gospel, Jazz and Blues styles, she conceived, composed and directed Carnival Messiah , a radical theatrical reinvention inspired by George Fredrick Handel’s Messiah (1999 and 2002, West Yorkshire Playhouse: Port of Spain, Trinidad 2003 and Carnival 2004), and also directed the acclaimed premiere co-production between the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Adzido Pan African Dance, Yaa Asantewaa, Warrior Queen, which successfully toured Britain and Ghana, Africa, in 2001/2002. This year she has directed Carnival Messiah (Queen’s Hall, Trinidad and Tobago), Blues in the Night (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Vodou Nation (UK Arts and West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Performance Poet Ras Anansi-I for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

She is the recipient of the second highest National Award of Trinidad and Tobago, the Chaconia Medal Gold, for outstanding and meritorious service to that country, and is also regarded as probably one of the most influential Black female theatricians to emerge in 21st century Britain, where she specialises in creating epic, live, large-scale spectacular, ethno-culturally diverse, carnivalesque musical and dance theatre events.

click to read - Dr. Connor in her own words

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Comment by Randi Curvan on March 5, 2015 at 2:31pm

How far do we drift apart through time.

The first and probably the last time we spoke was way back in London 1955. Our parents were very good friends.

She accomplished so much in her brief time with us.

Comment by Sherwin Campbell on March 9, 2014 at 12:15pm

Large scale production taking place on the other side.

Comment by Joy Rabien on October 12, 2013 at 12:40pm

Does anyone know where anyone can purchase a video of the Carnival Messiah?  Does such a video exist?

Comment by S. F. Thomas on October 28, 2011 at 10:21am

Condolences to her family, she passed too soon! But God's ways are not ours easily to understand. May she rest in peace.

- Big Sid

Comment by Ayesha Mohammed on October 22, 2011 at 4:39pm
Condolences to family and friends! She was brilliant musical genius artist-trail blazer!  Give praise for her life! TT has lost another marvelous icon.
Comment by vera m haynes on October 22, 2011 at 3:43pm

A great loss!  May her soul rest in eternal peace!

Condolences to her family!

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