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My Black Girl's Journey

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Debra Ann Byrd in Conversation

  • Creative Centre Auditorium - YSJ University

About the Show

25th April, 5:30pm - Creative Centre Auditorium, YSJ University Free to attend - please book a ticket in advance Debra Ann Byrd in conversation with Dr Anne-Marie Evans, Head of Humanities, York St John University In her dynamic solo show, Actress, Director and founder of Harlem Shakespeare, Debra Ann Byrd, explores the collision of her personal story with that of the iconic Shakespearean role of Othello. Defying those who told her that she could never be a Shakespearean actress, Debra Ann is now a lauded and honoured member of the international Shakespeare Community. Here, in conversation, she talks about her life and career, and her Black Girl’s Journey. This is a free festival event, with a Q and A at the end of the session.

Booking Information

On each of our events we offer a ticket option called Pass It On! If you purchase any number of these tickets, we will gratefully pass them on to people who otherwise would be unable to attend due to financial barriers, with a special focus on refugees and asylum seekers. Would you like to be considered for a Pass It On! ticket? Contact us at --- All tickets for our events have an added 20p to help cover our ticket processing surcharge. Tickets purchased in person are not subject to this charge, but we cannot guarantee availability without booking in advance. --- There is a hearing loop and a limited number of wheelchair spaces available at this venue. Please contact us via phone call at 07784819412 or email at to discuss accessibility measures or to request a wheelchair ticket. --- No longer able to attend? We understand - things happen. If you are no longer able to attend we ask that you let us know as far in advance as possible so we can re-sell your ticket. We will offer refunds and aim to process these within 30 days. Contact us at for more information and to request a cancellation.

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