The Kansas African American Museum's First Theatrical Production
Canaan tells the coming-of-age story of a teenager and his community, caught between love, activism, and spirituality during one of the most tumultuous years in American history – 1968.
In Canaan, generations collide as Washington, D.C. neighbors must decide where their loyalties lie when the Civil Rights Movement takes a downward turn following the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.
Written by Micah Ariel Watson, an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and screenwriter, from Wichita, has a gift for bringing powerful stories to life, on stage, and on screen. Watson's work centers the blurred lines between the sacred and secular in Black culture, often employing poetry and hip-hop to do so.
Sheila Kinnard, a noted performer in numerous productions, will be making her professional directorial debut. Ms. Kinnard brings to Canaan her decades of experience in the Wichita educational system, as a drama instructor, and her countless roles as a Thespian in the theatrical community.
“Having lived through the 60s, it’s important that we never forget these years of struggle and progress. I am excited to bring to the a fresh look at the other issues that plagued our country then and continues to persist today”.
-- Sheila Kinnard, Wichita, Ks
Audition for the Show!
Canaan auditions will be held on January 4th-5th and January 11th & 13th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water St., Wichita, KS 67203. Interested parties must bring their head shots with them to auditions and sign up for a time slot at a link below.
Save the Date
Canaan will be showing April 1st – April 3rd at the Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS. 67218. Visit this page for updates on how you, your family and friends can get to tickets to this inspiring show!
Meet the Playwright & Director
Micah Ariel Watson
Micah Ariel Watson is an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and screenwriter, from Wichita, who has a gift for bringing powerful stories to life, on stage, and on screen. Watson's work centers the blurred lines between the sacred and secular in Black culture, often employing poetry and hip-hop to do so.
Micah’s words and images seek to remind people of the African Diaspora that they are complex, beautiful, diverse, and made in the image of God.
In 2018, Micah graduated from the University of Virginia (African American Studies and Drama) and received her MFA (Dramatic Writing) from New York University Tisch School of the Arts (2020). Currently, Micah serves as an Artist in Residence at the Democracy Initiative – University of Virginia.
Micah’s theatrical work has been recognized by the Kennedy Center, receiving multiple awards for Canaan and other theatrical presentations. She has also received multiple screenwriting awards from various film festivals.
Sheila Kinnard, retired Drama Teacher from Wichita Public Schools is well known in the community for her beautiful signing with ARISE, as well as her immense talent in local theatrical productions, extensive community service and wonderful, cheerful personality that brings love and joy to everyone she meets!
Ms. Kinnard is no stranger to performing, and has portrayed a wide array of characters, in addition to directing the performances of her students, collaborating with colleagues, and singing with church members.
As Director of the Canaan project, Ms. Kinnard will achieve another accomplishment in her stellar career.