Since comfortably settling down in Ontario, Canada, Douglas is slowly finding his feet, and enjoying the gradual increase for his work across the GTA.
2015 – Ebony Nile Productions presented Basil Dawkins’ critically acclaimed “DIVORCE PAPERS” starring Oliver Samuels. It played to full houses in several venues before leaving for more bookings in the USA.
2015 – Ebony Nile Productions followed up on the success of “Divorce Papers” by asking Douglas to direct another Dawkins hit. This time “A GIFT FOR MOM” was produced with an all Canadian cast except for Dahlia Harris who came up from Jamaica to complete a strong cast. This also was very well received.
2016 – Basil Dawkins and Oliver Samuels collaborated yet again for Douglas to direct “GUILT TRIP”. After almost 150 performances in Kingston Jamaica, it celebrated a series of sold out performances, in Brampton, and Scarborough.
2106 – With “World Premieres” becoming his forte, Douglas was asked by Atlanta based lawyer Mark Jennings to bring his new script to life – “MARRIAGE BIZNIZ”. It was so successful in Montego Bay it went on to present a few shows in Kingston also. Hopefully, negotiations can me made to have a brand new presentation of “MARRIAGE BIZNIZ in Canada.
2016 – While busy with another project in Kingston, the Law Faculty of the Norman Manley Law School at the University of The West Indies grabbed Douglas to also direct their annual SILK production, entitled “TRAPPED IN THE COURTROOM”. Word is that this one was one of their best presentations ever! Yet another highly successful “World Premiere”!
2016 – Kingston, Jamaica was treated to the 3rd collaboration of Basil Dawkins, Oliver Samuels and director Douglas Prout with “FOUR CAN’T PLAY”. This cleverly written comedy/drama was an instant success there going to do over 100 shows before taking on the larger audiences of Canada and the USA.
2017 – was very productive for Douglas directorially, as he started to concentrate even more on plays in Canada. Marcia Brown Productions had Douglas in the Director’s chair for the extremely popular “BLOOD TICKA DAN WATAH”. Such is the overwhelming demand for this play, that having opened early Summer it is still running now and even has dates scheduled well into 2018!
2017 – “A LITTLE WHITE LIE” written by Troy Crossfield sold out in Ajax before moving to a larger space downtown Toronto. Plans are afoot to have it presented in schools across Brampton- where the subject matter of facing consequences for choices and coming clean and doing what’s right is found to be empowering for people of color. This one has a bright future with many shows on the cards for other venues.
2017 – Douglas had the distinct pleasure and honour to work with the iconic Grace Lyons and her “HERITAGE SINGERS as they did a celebration for their 40th year called ”REFLECTIONS”. This had 2 sold out performances at the prestigious Toronto Centre For the Arts inside the Lyric Theatre.
2017/18 – Douglas will wrap up the year by undertaking the latest gem from the pen of the multi-award winning playwright, Basil Dawkins. This new play is to be called “PRESSURE DROP” and will open in Kingston Jamaica on December 27, 2017, and run there until April/May before undertaking other engagements overseas.
2018 – Once back in Canada, Douglas will be directing Paul Beale’s “HEAD GIRL” for the newly formed Real Queens Productions. This opens in April 2018 and is scheduled for several locations across the GTA before contemplating an ambition run in the USA.
2018 – Will also see Douglas embarking on a new initiative. He will be offering his services and expertise to convene workshops on the Theatre Arts for youth and young adults across the GTA.