The Creative Imagination at its finest
The Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts at The University of the West Indies, Mona provides a safe haven for the development of the creative imagination among staff and students. The Centre is home to the University Singers, the University Dramatic Arts Society, the UWI Panoridim Steel Orchestra, the UWI Camera Club, the University Chorale, the University Pop Society, the University Jazz and Classical Ensemble and the University Dance Society.
The University Players, the Centre’s resident theatre company, has received numerous awards in the International Theatre Institute (Jamaica Chapter’s) Actor Boy Awards, which are presented annually to outstanding Jamaican theatre productions. In 2014, the Players received 15 nominations, and won awards in several categories, including Best Drama for the play Departure in the Dark, while Staff Tutor, Dr.Brian Heap, was named Best Director for the same production.
Assistant Staff Tutor, Michael Holgate, along with recent UWI graduate Jon-Joseph Nepaul, received the award for Best Musical Score for the Players’ production Jonkanoo Jamboree. Technical Manager, Nadia Roxburgh, also copped the award for Best Lighting Design for Keiran King’s play Taboo.
The birthdays of Co-Founders of the Centre, Sir Philip Sherlock and Professor Rex Nettleford are celebrated in February. Sir Philip’s birthday is marked each year by the Philip Sherlock Lecture, as part of the annual Philip Sherlock International Arts Festival.