Rita Shelton Deverell

Black Sparks

Dr Rita Shelton Deverell

Co-founder of Vision TV
Theatre and Media Artist

    Dr Rita Shelton Deverell, EdD OISE/UT, dissertation on Arts Policy, is a theatre and media artist. She is a co-founder of Vision TV, former News Director at APTN where she mentored her Indigenous successor, and a Member of the Order of Canada. Her awards include two Geminis and the Black Women’s Civic Engagement Network Leadership Award.   In 2019 Deverell’s book American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom was published by University of Regina Press and her play Who You Callin Black Eh? garnered two Ontario Arts Council Theatre Recommender Grants. She is a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum and a member of the President’s Council on Truth and Reconciliation of Lakehead University.