EINTOU PEARL SPRINGER
Eintou Pearl Springer is a poet, author, storyteller, award winning actress and activist from Trinidad and Tobago (TT). She is the Creative Force of Idakeda and the originator of the ‘Kambule Theatre of Resistance’ which addresses the social challenges of vulnerable young people through the theatre arts. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of TT.
Ms. Springer is the first national to perform her poetry at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival and held the title of Poet Laureate of Port of Spain from 2002-2009. As an author, she has published four books of poetry, ‘Loving the Skin I’m In’, ‘Moving into the Light’, ‘Out of the Shadows’ and ‘Focussed’, as well as stories and poetry for children entitled ‘God Child’. She recently launched her latest title ‘Survivor’, a collection of her plays.
Eintou has been a traditional storyteller for more than three decades. She has regaled audiences in the USA, UK, English and French speaking Caribbean and Africa. She has conducted storytelling workshops for teachers and educators all over the world and is herself a creator of original stories in the folk tradition of her native country.
Eintou is the recipient of a national award, the Humming Bird Silver Medal, for her contribution to the development and propagation of Arts and Culture. In 2004, she was awarded the Vanguard Award of the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NDATT), an organisation that she helped to form. She retired as Director of the National Heritage Library of Trinidad and Tobago, an institution which she holds the distinct honour of creating and developing.
As an academic, Eintou has spoken at numerous prestigious global conferences on issues such as African History and Politics, Caribbean Information Systems, women-related subject matter and the Orisa belief system.
As a devotee of the traditional African Orisa religion, Ms. Springer worked with a team of committed researchers and practitioners to successfully lobby the T&T government to change laws that actively repressed the belief system. The Orisa community of Trinidad and Tobago has twice honoured Ms. Springer for her commitment to this cause.
She served as the Cultural Chair of the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, an organisation that pioneered Emancipation celebrations throughout the African diaspora.
Eintou is the mother of three children, the grandmother of five and the unofficial mother, grandmother and mentor of countless children in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
Her career as an activist, educator and artist has been a lifetime of service to dispossessed youth, the vulnerable and any bright spark with the gleam of the future in their eyes.