Danielle Ayow

Danielle is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and comedian. After theatre school, she understudied on the prestigious Second City Mainstage in Toronto and acted alongside 49 of Canada’s leading actresses in the English adaptation of Tout Comme Elle (directed by Brigitte Haentjens, Artistic Director at Canada's National Arts Centre French Theatre). She’s appeared in many commercials and TV shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, Spinning Out, and Shadowhunters. From her time on set, she developed a keen interest in the other side of the camera. As a frequent guest co-host on the popular Royal Canadian Movie Podcast, she’s picked the brains of numerous film greats and made it onto the CBC/Radio-Canada Playlist. As a writer, she focuses primarily on stand-up and sketch comedy, drawing from her personal life. Her dry wit and comedy played an integral role in writing But You’re Not Black. In 2017, with the help of the Toronto Reel Asian International FIlm Festival’s program Been Here So Long, Danielle developed an 8-minute proof of concept version of But You’re Not Black to secure funding for the 20-minute version. This is her first time directing and her first time writing a documentary.

Artist Code: 2136


But You’re Not Black

2019, 19:17 minutes, colour, English with English subtitles

Critical Writing

A New Documentary Is Exploring Chinese-Caribbean Identity In Canada
by Monique McIntosh. Island Origins Magazine, Oct 13, 2018.