drenia frederick

Drenia Frederick

Drenia is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts (Jamaica, 2002). As a freshman at UWI, her version of Tallawah, staged at the 1999 annual Performing Arts Festival, won awards for Best Director and Best Production from the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts. During that period, she created quite an impression on her professors and her peers, who still remember her as that underestimated dynamo of creative independence. A playwright and an actor involved in the arts in St. Lucia for over 27 years, her directing credits include several major works: Pappy show Park (1998), Desiree (1999), Revelations (2000), Jesus of Conway (2002), Sarafina (2003) and (2010), Anthem (2004) and Tin day (2006), Urban Drift - the Saint Lucia official dance and musical production done in Trinidad for CARFESTA at Queens Hall, Thumbelina (2009), Esperance: Hope of an Island, commissioned in 2009 to mark the 30th Anniversary of Saint Lucia’s Independence, The Coloured Museum by George C Wolfe produced by her own theatre company Zenaida Productions; Navel String done for The World Black Arts Festival in Senegal (2011), A Woman’s Song Book (2018), Three Stool and a Piano Take 2 (2018), and Saint Lucia’s production for CARFESTA XIV “A Little Folk Tale”(2019)

In 2002 Drenia directed the short film By Choice by Chance produced by the Aids Action Foundation and Right-Angle Imaging. Her work later took her to Boston (2004) directing the Iyanola Experience a multi-media immersion project for the Port Castries Animation Centre. She later wrote and directed the musical Masquerade Master (2007) and wrote the screenplay Koudmen (2008) a short film for children.

Drenia Frederick was the first Artistic Director of the St. Lucia Arts Festival Company, a position which she held for three years (2004-2006). During this time, she played a major role in shaping the annual Kalalu World Music Festival as well as Word Alive a performance poetry event. She was also the Artistic Director for the Dennery/Mabouya Development Project in 2011, taking the lead in developing community-oriented entertainment.

In her work, Drenia Frederick has managed to bridge at least three generations of playwrights, producers, filmmakers, and performers so that she is respected by senior and junior practitioners alike across the creative spectrum in Saint Lucia. In 2008, she founded the independent theatre group Zenaida Productions, comprised mainly of young students, 85% of whom were female and many of whom have gone on to establish their own careers in production, broadcasting, film, and the creative industries sector.