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Yanna McIntosh


B: 1970 in Jamaica

Yanna McIntosh, pictured in a production still from the 2015 production of Antony and Cleopatra at the Stratford Festival. A professional theatre artist with a wealth of experience, Yanna McIntish was born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto. She began her theatre training at the University of Toronto before graduating from the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University. She taught at the National Theatre School and Humber College, directing students in productions of Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and Richard III. Her performance as Pat Barrows in the 2006 made-for-TV movie Doomstown brought her a 2007 Gemini award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series. In 2011 McIntosh became the first ever person to win the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in Ruined. For this role she also won the 2011 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Principal Role. She had previously won Doras for both Florence Gibson’s Belle, and for Athol Fugard’s Valley Song.