Black History Month School Tour
Directed by Jamie Robinson
Feb. 4 – Mar. 2, 2019 – World Premiere; Montreal
Feb. 16, 2019 – Public Presentation, 3pm
Centre Culturel Georges Vanier
2450, rue Workman
Tickets: Adult $12 /Children (under 12) $6
Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only) or credit card via phone: 514-932-1104 ext 225
Sierra Carvery is a young Black woman from Halifax, Nova Scotia who, as she completes a university history paper, gets distracted by thoughts about down home and heading back for the Africville Reunion. She recounts these experiences through storytelling, song and spoken word. Scotian Journey reveals the history and stories about Nova Scotia that are still relevant today, but not yet in the history books.
Playwright – Anne-Marie Woods
Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani is an award winning multi-disciplinary artist. An arts educator, producer, playwright, director and creative consultant, she’s excited to have Scotian Journey produced at Black Theatre Workshop. With roots in London, England and Trinidad; her life and career has always challenged boundaries and blended multiple genres or styles. In 2001, she held the honour of being the first African Canadian to have a featured play Waiting to Explode at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Voted as one of 100 Black Women in Canada to Watch and the 2013 winner of a BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment, she has performed and presented in the UK, Trinidad, and the World-Famous Nuyorican Café in New York City. In 2016, her Theatrical Rhapsody She Said/He Said was the first one of her plays to be produced by Black Theatre Workshop where it had a very successful World Premiere at the MAI. Her other new play, The Three Friends that focuses on African Canadian History and race relations will be part of the Education Series at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing arts this February. Her future endeavours include finishing her new play Why Black Women Whisper and completing her first poetry manuscript and a motivational book for young women. www.imaniartsbiz.com
Director – Jamie Robinson
Hailing from Toronto, Jamie is thrilled to be back in Montreal where he received his Theatre Performance Bachelor’s degree from Concordia, and later co-founded Metachroma Theatre. He is artistic director of Toronto’s Guild Festival Theatre, and has directed several works with Obsidian Theatre, Theatre Erindale and York University. As an actor, Theatre credits include: Risky Phil (Young People’s Theatre. Dora Award, Best Actor), Gas Girls (New Harlem Productions. Dora Award nomination, Best Actor), Richard III (Metachroma Theatre. META nomination, Best Actor), Romeo & Juliet (Canadian Stage in High Park), and four seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada. Film/TV acting credits include: Condor (AT & T), Private Eyes (Global), In Contempt (BET), Falling Water (Universal), Conviction (ABC), Saving Hope (CTV), and Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury). Jamie holds a Masters Degree in Theatre Directing and Teaching from York University, and is professor of acting for York University and University of Toronto. www.jamierobinson.ca
Manouchka Elinor is a multi-faceted bilingual artist, who has been performing in church, various plays, orchestras; and dance shows since the age of 5. Born and raised in Ottawa Ontario to Haitian parents, and a graduate of Concordia University’s Specialization in Theatre performance program, Manouchka has since developed a keen interest in writing and clown. Latest theatre credits including : Shakespeare’s Sonnets. (Infinite Theater), “I just want to perform”. (LakAY Production), His Girl Friday. (Snowglobe Theatre), Bluenose. (Black Theatre Workshop), Phenomenal5. (MadPoetix Productions & CKUT.co,) and Post-Mortem, a self written one woman show, mounted in both Montreal and Ottawa, as Lakày Productions launch showcase; which Manouchka is founder of.
“This marks my second school tour with my BTW family, and my heart is immensely full of warmth, excitement and thankfulness to once again, be awarded the privilege to perform for a younger audience.”
Gregory-Yves Fénélon is a multi-disciplinary artist originally from Ottawa. He has been in training in acting, music and mediums in the US and Canada respectively over the last decade. He’s created theatre and released music he’s performed on national stages. He is currently in his 3rd year in Concordia University’s Acting program.
Jazmin Ashley Illidge
Jazmin is a Montréal born actor from the south shore suburbs and a dome graduate. Her most recent appearance was this summer as Madeleine from verbatim theatre play The History of Sexuality, featured at Place Des Arts as Montréal Pride Festival’s 2018 lineup. Past performances include St-Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival plays Zombie Apocalypse: A Love Song and a parody on Montréal’s metro system, Last Metro: The Musical. Performing in major productions like Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing as Antonia/Ursula, as Ivy Weston in August: Osage County and as Carrie Best/Viola Desmond in Rebel Daughter; while obtaining her DEC from the Dome’s Professional Theatre Program (Dawson College).
Jazmin has practiced workshops from clown to Shakespeare, with companies including QDF and NTS. Hear her lend her voice to awareness videos for the Montréal Centre for Learning Disabilities on their website. Her longest passions include well — theatre, film and photography, contemporary dance, cooking and hot barre ballet in the summer.
Set, Prop & Costume Design – Nalo Soyini Bruce
I am Nalo Soyini Bruce, a Montreal-based artist and designer of Caribbean origins. My mission is to evoke artful worlds rooted in functionality and practicality. The narratives of stage production benefit from physical constructions that define the setting, but also from the rich associations that vibrant colour relationships, textured surfaces and varied materials can evoke. In my set design process, I use 3D renderings (digital representations that appear photographically real). This enables all production team members to see, with photographic realism and detail, what the finished design will appear like in advance. Modifications to the design can take place in virtual form rather than rethinking a built construction. I design expressive costumes that reinforce each character’s identity and that allow for movement and flexibility. All props are conceived with sustainability and quality in mind. You are invited to explore my website www.workroom.xyz