This year’s ensemble is a diverse group of emerging theatre artists who demonstrate talent, skill and potential in their respective disciplines. They include: 2 directors, 2 designers, 2 playwrights and 9 performers. Over the course of the current season, they will work alongside some of Montreal’s most sough-after theatre professionals, leading up to our popular Industry Showcase in early May. We couldn’t be happier to welcome them all to the BTW family!
Actress, scriptwriter, citizen of the world and idealist, Oumy is an eternal jack of all trades dedicated to exploring the human condition as it confronts present day concerns.
Oumy Dembele recently graduated from Dawson College’s Theatre Program where she received the 2019 Bertrand A. Henry Memorial award. Also a graduate of cinema and scriptwriting, she was awarded the One Country One Film scriptwriting contest in 2015, has participated in short films and plays, and has performed on stages in Spain and Tunisia. A few years ago Oumy moved to from France to Canada to pursue her acting career. Always eager to learn and develop her craft, she is thrilled and proud to be part of the Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship program.
Rahul is an actor, director, and creator. He’s currently focused on his acting career, and as a recent graduate from Concordia University, he’s excited to be mentored through this transitional stage in his life. Notable credits include Louise in Hudson Village Theatre’s production of Private Lives, as well as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, directed by AMP alumni Sophie Gee.
Comédienne et co-fondatrice de la compagnie Les Écorchés Vifs, Nadine Jean a terminé ses études en Interprétation Théâtrale à l’Option-Théâtre du Collège Lionel-Groulx en 2009. Artiste authentique, elle est passionnée et follement amoureuse du Théâtre avec un grand T. Comédienne polyvalente, Nadine obtient son premier contrat de télévision en campant une infirmière dans la série Trauma. Depuis, elle a fait plusieurs apparitions dans divers téléromans et séries québécoises et même française. Cette année vous pourrez la voir dans la série Rupture. Récipiendaire de la première bourse Inclusion et équité du TNM en 2017, Nadine foulera les planches de ce théâtre au printemps 2020.
Renée est née à Montréal et est d’origine africaine et haitienne. Polyvalente, elle pratique le chant, la danse et le théâtre, depuis très jeune. En 2009, elle fit ses débuts à Vrak Tv dans l’émission jeunesse Vrak la vie sous le personnage d’Estelle Chatelle. Depuis lors, nous avons pu la voir, de près ou de loin dans différentes productions tels que : 30 vies- Unité 9- Hairspray… Après avoir parcouru le Canada et la France en 2018 avec la comédie Paw Patrol par Nickleodeon, elle a bien hâte de remonter sur scène et vous partagez sa passion et son talent!
Born in Burundi and raised in Ottawa, Stéphie Mazunya speaks fluently French, English, and Kirundi. She trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, where she had the chance to work on a vast theatrical repertoire with several renowned directors. In addition to her training at NTS, she has acting experience in both English and French, in productions such as Le Règne de Karugaju (directed by Diane Ntibarikure) and Makambe K. Simamba’s MUD (directed by John Collins) at the Ottawa Little Theatre. She has also been seen on television in 2018 in Vraiment Top!, a youth show produced by Xavier Hovitov for TFO.
In 2019, she will be on stage in the production of Soifs Matériaux directed by Stephanie Jasmin and Denis Marleau and presented at FTA and Espace Go, in The WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe directed by Solène Paré and in 2020 she will be performing on stage in France in Notre Innocence by Wajdi Mouawad. Stéphie is a multidisciplinary artist; she is equally interested in singing, writing, and translation.
Sarah is excited and grateful to be a part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. After finishing her undergrad at the University of Waterloo in political science she decided to make theatre her full-time career. She thanks her family for all their support.
THEATRE: Church lady in The Color Purple (Royal MTC & Citadel Theatre), Church Lady in The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre), Mrs. Hubbard, Judge and The Machine in ALECK BELL: A Canadian Pop-rock Musical (Tweed & Co.), Fairy Godmother in Cinderella the Panto (Drayton Entertainment), Mrs. Muller in Doubt: A Parable (Lost and Found Theatre).
Patrick Park is a Montréal based performer and graduate of Concordia University’s Theatre Performance program. Featured credits include: Prom Queen, Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Segal), Hairspray (CSLDS/Centaur), Any Night (Kerosene Theatre), Punk Rock (BCT/Centaur), and Attempts in Flight (Dai Bao/MTLFringe). He is also a member of the dance group, East2West, performing on stages across Canada and the US as well as on YouTube for an audience of over one million subscribers. When not on stage, you can find Patrick eating ramen or sobbing to Sara Bareilles’ music – sometimes both at the same time, even! @patrickpark
Born and raised by Haitian parents, Schubert is a bilingual actor, writer and poet. Starting with school plays, he eventually went on to learn about improvisation, comedy and sketch-making in high school. He then furthered his training at MTL Improv. Later, he forayed into film and television, with performances in the independent production “I AM” produced by Seema Arora and Alexandria T. and TV Series “Fatal Vows“. Schubert also appeared in Darren Schilling’ & Aly Slominski’s “Potentially Sketchy“. Later this year, Schubert will also be playing “Paul” in Epic Production’s rendition of “Den of Thieves“. He is excited and honored to be given the opportunity to hone his craft and grow within the mentorship and looks forward to being part of the ensemble.
In his writing, Schubert likes to explore the human condition and its relation to the world. He also touches on subjects such as the black experience, society, politics and mental health. Storytelling lies at the basis of his passion, and so he seeks to reach out to as many hearts as he can.
Mélissa is a Haitian-Canadian Actress born in Montreal and raised in Port-au-Prince and New York. She has appeared in over 15 film, television, and theatre productions. After landing her first role playing a Diva Model in the web series B.J. Fletcher: Private Eye (2008) she has since appeared in over 15 theatre, film and television productions including: The History of Sexuality ( 2018-2019 Conseils des Arts et des lettres du Quebec recipient) , A Chorus Line (2016),The Full Monty (2014) as well as feature films and television shows ( X-men: Dark Phoenix, Lemonade, Darren Aronovsky’s Mother, Hallmark Presents: Love Locks, Rustic Oracle, TomClancy’s Jack Ryan, Fatal Vows,The Disappearance, Quantico, Art of More and CityTV’s Bad Blood 1). Melissa has trained with several well known Canadian acting coaches and schools including Miriam Laurence, one of Toronto’s top on set acting coaches, and Straeon Acting Studios.
Holly is a Production Manager, Technical Director and Designer, living and working in Montréal. She fell in love with set design as a student of McGill’s Theatre and Cultural Studies programs and her involvement in Montreal theatre has continuously developed from there. While working on design projects with various independent companies, Holly has gone from theatre student and technician, to Carpenter, to Technical Director and she currently works as a Production Manager. With experience developing theatrical design from many standpoints, Holly is excited to have this opportunity with Black Theatre Workshop to further develop her creative practice.
Courtney Orbin is an industry professional with dual degrees in both Film Production and most recently Design for Theatre. She now resides in Montreal working as a designer in props, set, and costume. While in her hometown of New York City, she worked as an Art Department Assistant for Emmy-award winning shows Smash and The Good Wife. Her love for theatre originated by going to Broadway and Radio City as a child and only deepened whilst living in London grabbing matinee discount tickets to any show on the West End. As a mother to two daughters, Courtney is committed to using theater as a powerful catalyst for change.
“I build worlds ANYONE can see themselves in.”
Debora recently co-founded the independent musical theatre company Contact Theatre, as a new space for collaboration, creation and experimentation with emerging as well as developed artists. Contact Theatre was created as a response to the lack of risk taking in musical theatre; leading this with their first production Bonnie and Clyde which she Directed and Choreographed to critical acclaim. Previously she directed and choreographed Chicago (AUTS), and The Addams Family (WISTA) for which she won the Broadway World award for best director. Born in Mexico and raised in Vancouver she fell in love with Montreal and Montreal theatre after moving to the city in 2014. She is thrilled to be a part of the Artist Mentorship Program with Black Theatre Workshop.
Alessandra is a director, stage manager, and devised theatre artist based in Tiohtia:ke/Montreal. She has trained at Concordia University in Performance Creation with a minor in Human Rights, combining two passions in the aim of creating socially engaged work. Select directing credits include Bite Your Tongue (SortOf Productions) and Crossings (Concordia University/Friedrich-Alexander Universitat). Most recently she’s had the pleasure of directing, producing and creating the Frankie Award nominated Attempts in Flight at Montreal Fringe 2019 (Dai Bao Productions). Alessandra is grateful to be a part of this year’s BTW AMP ensemble and collaborate with a group of amazing artists.
Kathleen Mary Charles
Kat is a young writer, poet, spoken word performer and singer in Montreal. She’s currently pursuing a career as a therapist to work on healing immigrants and QTBIPOC fems from intergenerational trauma using community-based group therapy, drama therapy with story telling and cognitive behavioural therapy to restore the mental health of these populations. Her poetry explores the trials of immigration as a woman of color, queerness within communities of color, anti-racism rhetoric, black girl magic, mental health and self-actualization. She’s performed at showcases such as the Revolution They Wrote 2019 festival and the Rose Festival 2019. Her poetic performance is made to heal, to validate, to inspire and to tell the stories of the voiceless, or at least the voiceless for now.
Adjani is a multidisciplinary theatre artist who sometimes experiments with sound art and radio. She is passionate about creating work that is unabashedly queer, feminist and anti-racist. She is thrilled to have performed, written and co-created work presented in the Montreal Fringe Festival, Revolution They Wrote and The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival. She is the co-founder of On Life and Living, a documentary theatre and oral history project that explores the history of AIDS Community Care Montreal. Adjani studied acting at the DOME and is a graduate of Concordia University specializing in Theatre and Development and Sexuality Studies. She is an alumni of PWM’s 2018-19 Young Creator’s Unit where she began writing her current play in development: a sci-fi adventure exploring queer identity, family, love and the end of the world.