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AIRBORNE is a musical play about Bessie Coleman (1892 - 1926) who was the first African American aviator—and female—to receive her international pilot’s license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1921.  Bessie astonished audiences with her daring aeronautical tricks and is known as a pioneer of flight who paved the way for future pilots.  AIRBORNE is a play about perseverance, passion and the importance of the imagination. 


In October, 2016 Firebrand hosted a workshop (thanks to support from the Ontario Arts Council) where actors, musicians and writers gathered to hear the  music, songs and story from this exciting new play.

Written by Michele Coleman and Beau Dixon

Music and Lyrics by Rob Fortin and Susan Newman

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