Weekes, Yvonne (PhD.)

Dr Yvonne Weekes is currently a lecturer in Theatre at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus. She started her teaching career in London in 1980 where she taught English and Drama. Returning to her parents’ homeland of Montserrat she continued her love for Theatre forming the Rainbow Theatre Company which performed at several cultural events across the Caribbean.
She was the first Director of Culture in Montserrat and worked extensively in the region as an actress, Theatre Director and spoken word poet. Since moving to Barbados over 24 years ago as a direct result of the volcanic crisis in Montserrat, she has continued to work as writer and has published three full length works one of which Volcano one the Frank Collymore Award in 2004 and was later published by Peepal Tree Press in Leeds, UK. Nomad, her first
collection of poems, was published by the House of Nehesi was published in 2019 and launched in St. Maarten. She enjoys learning new art forms and was awarded best Director for her first short film Grief by the Barbados Video and Film Association awards in 2019.