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Errol Sitahal lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada but hails from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
 
He is a member of both the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA[►] and of Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA) [►].
 
In addition to acting, Errol is also a writer and filmmaker.
 
Education:
He graduated from high school at Naparima College [►] in San Fernando, Trinidad.  Naparima also offers a two year college program, but Errol went to England to further his studies.  He received a BA in English from the University of Bristol [►] and followed this with a Diploma in Theatre Arts from the University of Manchester [►].
 
Montreal:
After schooling in England Errol settled in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  He worked some in television with the CBC.  Additionally, from 1970 to 1980 he taught at the Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel [►] or "CEGEP" (College of General and Professional Education), at Vanier College [►] Montreal.  He is pictured at the History of Vanier College - Faces from the Past: 1970s - 1980s [►] page.
 
Black Theatre Workshop:
In 1972 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada the Black Theatre Workshop was formed as an outgrowth of the Trinidad and Tobago Drama Group.  Errol was an artistic director in the early history of the theater company.  He formed the initial workshops for what would become the Black Theatre Youth Players.
- Derived from the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia [►] article on Black Theatre Workshop [►].
McGill Player's Club:
While teaching at CEGEP - Vanier College, Errol began acting with the McGill Player's Club, a theatre group affiliated with McGill University [►].  He acted in the following:
Return to Trinidad:
In the early 1980s, Errol went from Montreal back to Trinidad and Tobago.  He continued teaching English.  He also became involved with Banyan Productions and the Gayelle television programme.  He also worked in theatre as an actor, director and scene designer for several theatre companies.  While working with the Alternative National Theatre he did the following:
  • in 1983 he designed and directed The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria by Fernando Arrabal
  • in 1984 in a version of the novel The Dragon Can't Dance by Earl Lovelace, he played Pariag
  • also in 1984 he designed and directed The Devils by John Whiting
  • he designed and directed Moon on a Rainbow Shawl by Errol John
  • he directed Jahaaji, a play he wrote showing Trinidad as an East Indian person would experience it
  • in 1987 the play Monster March which Errol co-wrote with Dennis Hall was produced.  The play gives a history of trade unions on the island nation.  It features original music by fellow Trinidadian Andre Tanker.
Hatuey Productions:
  • in 1986, in Sanctuary by Raoul Pantin, Errol played Ramon
  • in 1987, in Hatuey also by Pantin, he played Don Berrio
Warwick Productions:
Toronto:
In 1991 Errol returned to Canada, settling in Toronto, Ontario.  He continued to travel to Trinidad and Tobago and acted both there and in Canada.
 
In 1994 he acted in Tommy Boy and A Little Princess.  Both of these films were released theatrically in 1995.
 
Southeast Asia:
From 1996 to 1998, Errol taught English in Kwang Ju, South Korea.
 
He also traveled to India and to Bali in Indonesia.  In 1999 in Bali, he shot footage for Bali - Altar of the Gods.
 

Nominations, Awards, and Grants:
  • Developing Stories: And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, the documentary co-written and co-presented by Errol, won numerous awards.  See the page for details.
  • Errol won Canadian Council for the Arts awards for his playwriting on two occasions
  • The National Drama Association has awarded him for directing and acting
  • In 1999 Errol was nominated for a Dora Award in the Independent Theatre Division for Outstanding Performance by a Male for his performance in Coups and Calypsos 
  • In December 2003, Errol was the recipient of a $5,000 grant for Visual and Media Arts, Emerging Artists: Film and Video category from the Ontario Arts Council.  This was to aid in the completion his film Malini.
  • In 2006, Errol was nominated for a Cacique Award for Supporting Actor of the 2005-2006 season by the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago for his performance in The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club.

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