Greg Birkett

birkettGreg Birkett is a York University and OISE University of Toronto graduate with degrees in History and Education. He teaches English and History in the high school division of the Toronto District School Board. Greg is a published author (Black History: Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas – Emond Montgomery Publications), award-winning poet (H.K. Girling Award – York University), recognized community teacher (Governor-General Award for Teaching Excellence Finalist, 2011) and co-writer of “The Litany of the Gun” (co-written with Toronto Star columnist Royson James – performed at schools and community functions throughout the GTA). He has also written freelance for the Toronto Star, and was featured in an article in Sway Magazine highlighting his innovative approach to classroom teaching and education. In July of 2012 his play entitled Do You Remember Me was performed at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto’s largest theatre and performance festival. Do You Remember Me, which is written and performed entirely in the art form of slam poetry, received praise and positive reviews from critics and attendees alike for its creative and unique approach to addressing issues such as infidelity, gender-based inequality and single-parent households that continue to provide challenges for Black families. The buzz surrounding the play landed Greg an interview with popular radio talk show host Matt Galloway on CBC Radio One’s Metro Morning, the most listened-to radio show in Toronto. A provocative and engaging play titled Something to Offer that Greg has co-authored with accomplished novelist and playwright Yvonne Rodney, will debut at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in February of 2013. Greg is the founder of G.I.A. Productions, a youth-focused organization that uses the artistic mediums of spoken word, drama, dance, and music to stage original productions that promote education, history, and positivity in the community.

Greg is a Toronto native of Barbadian parentage.


6 thoughts on “Greg Birkett

  1. saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay word my teacher is in here 😀 birkett!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XD

  2. My name is akim I wanna say this MR. Birkett is 1 of the best teacher I ever meet trought out my school days he help me a a lot I just want to say congraulation to him

  3. My brother from another mother, I am extremely proud of you. The foundation of a tremendous legacy is inspiring and commendable. Thank you for being AMAZING! Love ya bro

  4. I just want to say, I was once a student of his and in all my years I never met a teacher who cared about us as much as him. As a man and as a teacher he was a powerful and influential person. We seen him as a friend, some might even say the father figure for the small time we knew him. He always put me on the right track even after I left the school, if we could have at least 1 Mr.Birkett in every school the younger African American generation would be two steps ahead. We need more like you ! If you see this one day just know me and my bro appreciated everything u did for us YOU ARE GREATLY MISSED!!

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