Catherine Claire Robinson
Akanda was born Catherine Claire Robinson, December 29, 1946, to Heber and Frances Robinson in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1953 the family moved to Denton, Texas until 1961 when they moved to Beverly, Massachusetts. She graduated from Beverly High School in 1964.
Shortly after that she started an acting career in Boston. In 1971 she starred in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” at the Charles Playhouse there. The next year she moved to Denver and was active in theater there for many years.
In 1978 She attended the Astro Consciousness Institute for Self Enlightenment and Peace, earning a Bachelor of Divinity degree.
In 1981 at the Steamboat Repertory Theatre, Steamboat Springs, she played in “Rainmaker” as Lizzie Curry. She also appeared in “Camelot.”
In 1983 at the Germinal Stage in Denver, she played the title role in Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.”
Akanda moved to Estes Park and occasionally acted in local productions put on by the Fine Arts Guild. She sang with the Estes Park Chorale and the Oratorio Society. Akanda worked in various retail stores downtown most recently Awesome Shirtworks, Rock Wall-T’s and Forget Me Not. For the most part she led a quiet life for the last twenty years. She never married and had no children. Akanda died peacefully in her sleep June 2, 2009 at age 62 after six months of difficulties with her heart and asthma. She is survived by her brother John Robinson, living in Massachusetts, and Bill Robinson, in North Carolina, as well as her uncle and aunt, David and Lenore Vanderkooi in Nashville Tennessee.
Her laughter and free-spirited personality will be missed by all that knew her.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. See www.allnutt.com to see Akanda’s on-line obituary and send a message to her family.