The Velvet Duke Productions logo and watermark is a white line drawing of a crown resting on the shoulders of three performers, incorporating their heads as bigger jewels. Below the logo are the words Velvet Duke Productions. All centered on a black background. The crown and performers represent the "I is We" nature of community, and creative energy within the world

Velvet Wells is The Velvet Duke

Black. Autistic. Queer. Disabled. Nonbinary – They/Them

The Velvet Duke is the 2023 Laureate IBPOC Emerging Artist Ottawa Arts Council

Velvet is the multi-award winning creator of “All Request Radio”, “(Re)Tired Magical Black Man”, and “Djinn Joint”. They are a Director-Mentor of the 2023 Youth Infringement Festival and Producer Pod Mentor with the 2023 Toronto Fringe Festival


A black-background image for the show "All Request Radio". Title font "All Request Radio" with All/Radio outlined in white with black fill, and Request in white fill. The "All Request Radio" logo -- a microphone, with brown eyes, wearing red headphones Under the title, in white font, Playing Your Favourite Made Up Songs Velvet, a fat Black person of a certain age, expansively extends their left hand out to the side while speaking to the audience through a microphone Across the middle of Velvet, in white font on a rounded black background, Ottawa Fringe June 15-25, 2023 Logos: Ottawa Fringe, City of Ottawa, Velvet Duke Productions Photo: Melody Maloney Photography

All Request Radio box office is now open! Also, check out where they are performing (in Ottawa and abroad) as well as notable past performances

“Velvet Wells is an entertainer in the truest sense of the term”

Ryan Pepper, apt613


Multi-award winning professional devised theatre artist

Workshop Facilitator

In addition to performing-producing, they have facilitated for corporations, in community, and at the Stratford Festival and Edinburgh International Improv Festival. An agent of empowerment, leading improvisational workshops to give people space to develop their competence, consciousness, self-efficacy, positive connections

“Velvet’s wonderfully joyful infectious energy stays long after the sessions are done”

Athira Vidyadhar

Velvet Duke Productions

Velvet Duke Productions is an award-winning transmedia hybrid company featuring the work of Velvet Wells — the award-winning Black, autistic, queer, disabled professional devised theatre artist living in Ottawa

Wells Written Thoughts (Occasional Blog Updates)

All Request Radio – Audience Care

Noting the content and access solutions for the Ottawa Fringe Festival production of All Request Radio Audience Care (Content) As creator-producer, I actively uphold a pro-Black, pro-trans, pro-queer, and pro-disabled space. My work is anti-racist — and anti- (every other phobic position) weaponized against marginalized people As an improvised…

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Presenting Sponsor

Velvet Duke Productions was a proud presenting sponsor of the inaugural From Another Mother Improv Festival (F.A.M. Fest) on June 17-18, 2022, Baltimore, Maryland

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