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Paul Keens-Douglas of Trinidad and Tobago

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Paul Keens-Douglas

Paul Keens-Douglas was born in Trinidad but spent his early childhood in Grenada, where his family resides, and where he attended Presentation Boys College. He holds diplomas in Commercial Broadcasting and Radio & Television Production from Announcer Training Studios and RCA Institutes of New York, an Honours Degree in Sociology from Sir George Williams University (Concordia), Montreal, Canada, and has done two years post-graduate work at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Jamaica.

Active in drama from an early age, he has a wide and varied background in Theatre and the Creative Arts. Since his return to Trinidad in 1974, he has focused on highlighting the Trinidad & Tobago and Eastern Caribbean vernacular in poetry, storytelling, dramatic presentations, and advertising, both as writer and performer.

A self-published author, he has to his credit seven volumes of works, twelve albums and one video. He has produced several radio and television storytelling series, and is the founder/producer of the annual Tim Tim Storytelling Show and the Carnival Talk Tent which focuses on the oral traditions. His work has been featured in several anthologies and well known international publications. and has been highlighted on the BBC and on Canadian and American radio and television.

An active Rotarian, he is a founding member of the Association of Black Storytellers of America, and holds the Zora Neale Hurston Award. the Caribbean American lntercultural Organisation Award, Washington, and the Beryl McBurnie Foundation for the Arts Award, Trinidad. A total professional in control of his management, talent and properties, he makes regular tours of the Caribbean territories and metropolitan countries lecturing, performing and doing workshops.

A former Creative Director with McCann-Erickson (Trinidad) Ltd. Paul now freelances within the Advertising Industry, developing programmes, concepts and promotions for a variety of clients. With this wide and varied background. it is not surprising that he has moved into the field of Management and Staff Training, focusing on inter-personal and cross-cultural communication. and is as much sought-after conference presenter and after-dinner speaker.


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