Black Theatre Workshop is proud to present you with our 2019-2020 Season 49 line-up of events & productions! As the longest running Black theatre company in Canada, Black Theatre Workshop continues to promote cross-cultural understanding and diversity in the arts through storytelling from an Afro-Canadian perspective.
Join us as we proudly celebrate Season 49!
BTW Rehearsal Hall
Our Ensemble for our Artist Mentorship Program begin their meetings in September! The accepted artists will work alongside the Artistic Mentorship Program Coordinator throughout the season in scheduled meetings, and engage in intensive workshops led by some of Montreal theatreʼs most exceptional professional artists in the community, including members of BTW.
Look out for our announcement of the lineup coming soon!
BTW 5 à 7
OCT 11, 2019
BTW Rehearsal Hall
For the past three years we’ve started off the Fall season with our annual community meet and greet in the form of our BTW 5 à 7, where we invite folks to come get to know our team, and find out what Black Theatre Workshop is all about!
by Omari Newton
OCT 21, 2019
Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal
This season begins with our Discovery Series in which we present a staged-reading of Black & Blue Matters by Omari Newton. This play tells the story of white presenting police officer David Harrison, a few years after he has been found innocent of shooting and killing Sammir Frederique. Though he maintains his innocence, he is haunted by the slaying.
by Djennie Laguerre
NOV 4 – 17, 2019
CAM en Tournée Play
Various Centres Culturels
Rendez-Vous Lakay, Djennie Laguerre’s tale of two sisters’ first journey to Haiti for their estranged father’s funeral, will return to Montreal stages in November as one of the Conseil des arts de Montréal [CAM] en Tournée touring productions.
Double Bill: Dark Red & Cry Baby
plays by Willow Cioppa and Kalale Dalton-Lutale
DEC 10 – 15, 2019
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
For the first time ever, Black Theatre Workshop & Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal will be presenting 2 one-act plays in a special Double Bill at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). BTW places the spotlight on two playwright alumni of our Artist Mentorship Program with a ‘Double Bill’ presentation of their recent work: Dark Red by Willow Cioppa and Cry Baby by Kalale Dalton-Lutale.
VISION Celebration Gala
Black Theatre Workshop takes great pride in bringing Montreal our luxurious annual Vision Celebration Gala. An official launching pad for Montreal’s Black History Month celebrations, the event serves to pay homage to outstanding Black artist changemakers who contribute to the development of arts in Canada and celebrates the vision of growth, solidarity and unity inspired by the great historical and contemporary figure, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Image: 2019’s Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award recipient Fabienne Colas and BTW Artistic Director Quincy Armorer.
Simone, Half and Half
by Christine Rodriguez
Black History Month School Tour
Public Presentation: TBA
BTW presents the world premiere of Simone, Half and Half by Christine Rodriguez. Simone is a teenage girl who is mixed-race, who struggles to figure out where she fits, in a world that still judges people on the basis of the colour of their skin. Touring Montreal schools for Black History Month.
To book your school for the tour contact:
AMP Information Session
with AMP Coordinator Warona Setshwaelo
5 à 7
Black Theatre Workshop
We begin accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Artist Mentorship Program from February 1 – April 30, 2020. Every year we have a general information session about the program. This is the ideal opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have before submitting your application.
3680, rue Jeanne Mance, Suite 460
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 514.932.1104
by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy
MAR 24 – 28, 2020
A Co-Presentation with Espace Libre
BTW and Espace Libre team up once again, to co-present Obaaberima by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy. Imprisoned in Canada for committing a violent crime, a young man from Ghana tells his cellmates a story on the eve of his release. Although there is great risk in sharing his tale, he must tell it to be truly free. Through storytelling, dance and live music, Obaaberima chronicles a young African-Canadian’s journey across continents, genders, races and sexualities.
August Wilson’s Fences
APR 23 – MAY 10, 2020
453, rue Saint François Xavier
Box Office: 514.288.3161
Closing out the season will be a co-presentation with Centaur Theatre of August Wilson’s Fences. This classic play by one of America’s most beloved playwrights will reunite Quincy Armorer and Lucinda Davis on stage, under the watchful eye of META Award-winning director Mike Payette. In this 1950s snapshot of blue collar America, this play tells the story of Troy Maxson, an African-American garbage collector and ex-convict who once had a promising future in baseball. His circumstances as a youth led him to prison, after which he settled down with Rose and made a family. Troy fights to be a better husband and father to protect his family, at the risk of tearing them apart.
453, rue Saint François Xavier
Box Office: Tickets Online or 514.288.3161
Facebook Event: Coming Soon!
MAY 1, 2 & 3, 2020
5170 Cote St Catherine
In the final weeks of our Artist Mentorship Program (AMP), the ensemble begins rehearsals for the Year-End Showcase – an opportunity to share their talents with industry professionals and the general public. It is a “cabaret” of scenes, monologues and special skills, including excerpts of work created by our playwrights. From the directors’ vision to the design, from behind the scenes to the stage, this show is created entirely by the ensemble, with support from Black Theatre Workshop.
50th Season Launch
Black Theatre Workshop is arriving at it’s 50th Season and we have many things in store for you! We are looking forward to letting you know what we have planned