Gail Nyoka is a storyteller, author and award-winning playwright.
She won the Chalmers Canadian Play Award: Theatre for Young Audiences with her stage play Mella Mella which has been produced by Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal, Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto and toured in Ontario with Carousel Players.
The story, set in long-ago Zimbabwe, becamea powerful novel for eight to thirteen-year olds, Mella and the N’Anga: An African Tale. The novel was a finalist for many awards in Canada and the US: the Governor General’s Award, the TD Children’s Literature Award, the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, and the Silver Birch and Red Cedar Children’s Choice Awards.
Gail’s storytelling performances include Nuit Blanche for Theatre Local and the Toronto Storytelling Festival, as well as schools and libraries. She conducts workshops with storytelling for adults.
Last year she performed her original pieces at Festival at the Edge in Britain and the Chicago Fringe Festival.
Her original stories which touch upon the culture and history of Zimbabwe, and explore personal history where it intersects with the famous and not so famous.