How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Mainstage Production
Directed by Tamara Brown

Starting a better life in Canada is a dream for many immigrants, but for Daphne the decision presents an unthinkable sacrifice. This is a story of separation and reconciliation infused with a bold original score that blends gospel, reggae, and R&B with classical music.  Playwright Trey Anthony, the first Black woman in Canada to have her own television series (da Kink in my Hair, based on the hit play of the same name), brings a new narrative to women’s issues and mother/daughter relationships.

February 27 to March 16, 2019 – Montreal Premiere

Centaur Theatre
453 St. François Xavier, Montréal, QC
Box Office: 514.288.3161
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Preview (Feb 27) $17.00
General Admission $27.00


The Centaur Theatre is wheelchair accessible.

March 19 to 20, 2019 – Brampton Premiere

Rose Theatre
1 Theatre Ln, Brampton, ON L6V 0A3
Box Office: 905.874.2800
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Premium $45.00
A $42.00
B $39.00


The Playwright – Trey Anthony

Trey Anthony is a visionary creator, motivational speaker, executive producer and award-winning playwright of international significance.  She began writing dramatic plays to showcase her talent and display her versatility as a writer and performer. Her hit play and television series, ‘da kink in my hair’ became a commercial success and ran on the theatre scene for nearly six months in a 1000 seat theatre. It received tremendous critical acclaim, and was named one of the top ten plays in Canadian theatrical history and the winner of four NAACP awards. Trey is the first African-Canadian woman to write and produce a television show on a major prime time Canadian network.  She is also the playwright for the thought provoking play, ‘How Black Mothers say I love you’ which she is adapting into a screenplay and she is currently developing a television series for a major television network.  Critics started to fondly refer to her as, “The Oprah of Canada”.


Director – Tamara Brown

Tamara Brown is a Montreal-based actress, director, singer, and poet with a love for storytelling, geekery, and social justice. She is a co-founder of Montreal’s Metachroma Theatre and long-time supporter and associate of Black Theatre Workshop. As a director, her work has been seen in Toronto, Winnipeg, New York, Stratford, and Montreal. Favourite credits include The Last Wife for Imago Theatre; the touring productions of Skin, When Elephant Was King, and Bluenose for Black Theatre Workshop; Marybeth Production’s 8 Ways My Mother Was Conceived, and most recently Centaur Theatre’s Successions.


The Cast

Andrea Davis

Andrea is proud and elated to be working with Black Theatre Workshop on this magnificent play. Her career has taken her across the country and around the world. Her theatre credits include Intimate Apparel (Grand Theatre), Romeo & Juliet (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Refuge (Tarragon Theatre) The Ventriloquist (Factory Theatre) Recent Experiences (International Tour) and Hamlet (CanStage). Film & TV credits include Orphan Black (Temple Street) Mary Kills People, Rookie Blue, The Firm (E-One) Saving Hope (NBC-TV) Da Kink In My Hair (Global TV) and the independent short film Screenthru (Bravofact). Andrea would like to express her deep gratitude to her mother, Monica, for continually performing fearless acts of love for our family.

Jamila Shani Joseph

Jamila “Jai” Shani Joseph is professionally trained dancer, performing in and round Montreal since she was 6yrs old; adding choreographer, facilitator, poet, singer, song writer, actor, storyteller and businesswoman, owning her own dance company entitled JaiDanse to her title later on in life. Her art is a reflection and celebration of her life,culture and Caribbean roots and brings sound to narratives that may other wise be unheard or silenced. Recent credits include: Lady in Purple/for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Nicole Brooke’s revised production of Obeah Opera/Fall For Dance North Festival, La Foire/MAI (Montreal, Arts interculturelles)

Dayane K. Ntibarikure

Dayane Ntibarikure is a trilingual multidisciplinary artist who works as a performer and a director. She enjoys incorporating movement and music into her storytelling as it allows her to delve deeper into her creativity and better bridge the gaps between language, culture and perceptions. She has portrayed the lead role of Dolores Van Cartier in the famous Sister Act musical, as part of the Just for Laughs Festival. You could also have seen her in Black Theatre Workshop’s Binti’s Journey either in Montreal or Toronto. This is not her first time at the Centaur Theatre, she’s been here twice before as an assistant director (Hosanna & Choir Boy) but it will be her first time not only as a performer but one for Black Theatre Workshop’s main stage. It truly is a great honor and privilege to be able to perform with such a strong body of women and people of color, telling such an important story. She’s forever grateful to her Black Theatre Workshop family who allows her to explore her obsession of human connection and stories.

Keren Roberts

There is nothing better than when your passion meets your purpose. A Montreal native, Keren Roberts has played many roles from Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill while studying Professional Theatre at Dawson College. After graduating, she continued learning her craft as a member of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program (2015-2016). Recent credits include Junie in Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct/Black Theatre Workshop) which toured to Iqaluit and Toronto and Lady in Blue in the historic production of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf at McGill University (TNC). Its stunning success led to a remount produced last year by the cast (Les 6 productions in collaboration with M.A.I.). The through-line of all the roles she has played and wants to play in the future is the delightful challenge to portray a multi-faceted character who reflects the full spectrum of humanity — especially within the culture. She is grateful and excited to play Valerie and to share a story of the West Indian community, of which she is a proud member. My mom was a storyteller and, without a doubt,  I wouldn’t be here if she hadn’t taken a leap of faith like Daphne to leave her home for another country. I dedicate my performance to my mother, Jonie.

Design Team

Sound Design – Gavin Bradley

Gavin Bradley is an award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and producer based in Toronto. He is the recipient of a Juno Award, a Socan Number One Song Award and a Billboard Dance Hot Plate for his work with Jacksoul, Serena Ryder and Nelly Furtado respectively. Gavin’s music has been featured in international film and TV projects. In the theatre, his score for Secrets Of A Black Boy (Playing With Crayons) earned him a Dora nomination for Outstanding Composition & Sound Design. Gavin thanks Trey Anthony and Black Theatre Workshop for the opportunity to musically assist in the telling of this important story.


Musical Direction – Alejandra Nuñez

Alejandra Nuñez, born in Santiago, Chile, exiled since 1995. Currently doing Masters in Theatre studies. Vocalist, Percussionist, Composer. Canada, U.S., South America, Montenegro. OTHER THEATRE: Princess Pocahontas and The Blue Spots (Nightwood Theatre); Serpent Woman (Theater Smith-Gilmore); A Play About the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo (Theatre Passe Muraille); Crazy to be Born, Mandala (Toronto Dance Theatre); Ancient Rivers (Native Earth); Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Obsidian/Mirvish) Dora Nomination; ‘da kink in my hair (Mirvish); The Power of Harriet T (YPT); Father Comes Home from The Wars (Soulpepper). FILM AND TELEVISION: Latin Nights, Five Senses, Tom Boy, how to get a girl pregnant.

Set & Costume Design – Diana Uribe

“Like colors stain paper, images stain my mind, which then become the constructions of my hands that design, paint and write to liberate my thoughts; I’m responsible for what I see but not for the things that I create.”

Diana is a theatre designer, plastic artist, interior designer and an eternal child. In 2011 she graduated from the Theatre Design program at The National Theatre School of Canada, and she represented the school at the Czech Republic Quadrennial in Theatre Design. She has had the pleasure of working with Teesri Duniya Theatre, L’Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera de Montreal, Producciones del Tobosco, Theatre du Quat Sous, Ville de Montreal, Imago Theatre, Odd Stumble, Theatre le Clou, Odela Production, Geordie Theatre and Centaur Theatre. In 2012 she received two Meta Nominations for Outstanding Set & Costume Design for her work on If We Were Birds with Imago Theatre. Her recent designs include Her Side of the Story, Successions, Hysteria, Geordie Touring shows (Little Witch & In Between) and Other People’s Children. She is thrilled to be working with the Black Theatre Workshop team.

Tim Rodrigues – Lighting Design

Tim Rodrigues is a Montréal based Lighting Designer who has worked with an array of companies on creation based projects & international tours in Contemporary Dance, Performance and Theatre. Notable lighting designs include; Dreary and Izzy (Dir. Mario Crudo), The River (Dir. Thom Currie) for Magnus Theatre; The Halloween Tree (Dir. Amanda Kellock) for Geordie Productions and Marjorie Prime for The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (Dir. Lisa Rubin) which earned him a 2018 META Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design.

Production Team

Emlyn Van Bruinswaardt – Stage Manager

Emlyn vanBruinswaardt is a graduate of the National Theatre School who lives and works in Montreal as a stage manager, assistant stage manager, carpenter and all-around theatre technician. It is a true joy to rejoin the BTW family to work on this production of How Black Mothers Say I Love You by Trey Anthony. Other credits include: stage manager Lucky (Barlizo Productions); The Savannah Sipping Society (Hudson Village Theatre); Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (Talisman) touring stage manager Me and You (Talisman); apprentice stage manager Conversions (InfiniTheatre); Noises Off (Segal Centre); She Said He Said (Black Theatre Workshop).

Nikita Bala – Apprentice Stage Manager

Nikita is an emerging theatre artist with a focus on stage management and lighting design. She has had the privilege of working on shows with the Black Theatre Workshop (Rendezvous with Home), Montreal Arts Interculturels (Elle’s Black Space Mission), and Geordie Theatre (A Christmas Carol), among others. While she has been based out of Montreal for the past five years, she is honoured to feel at home across the globe; especially in Dubai, Thrissur, Chennai, and Boston. Through this work and her other projects this season, she hopes to find new meanings to the sensations of home, family, and belonging.

Öykü Onder – Assistant Designer

After a series of happy and unpredicted events, Öykü moved to Montreal in 2014 from Istanbul and completed Concordia University’s Design For The Theatre program in 2016. Since her arrival to Canada, she collaborated with different artists from various backgrounds in theatre, music and dance. Öykü tries to combine her own experiences with her collaborators’ with the belief that art can tell stories to spread understanding among people. Most recently she designed lights for Geneviève C. Ferron’s Je Suis La Fille in Tangente Danse, toured with The Village by Tina Milo to UAE. She’s assistant to the lighting designer Pierre Lavoie in a few upcoming shows, and also currently acts as a member of the production team in Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts performance venues. Öykü currently is part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program.

Tristynn Duheme – Production Manager

Steve Schon – Technical Director