Quincy Armorer has worked professionally as an actor, director, instructor and administrator for several years. As an actor, he has worked at the Stratford Festival, Centaur Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop, St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Geordie Productions, Repercussion, Piggery Theatre, Shakespeare by the Sea, among many others. He studied in the Theatre Department at Concordia University and at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival. He was Associate Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop for the 2005-2006 season, before being named as Artistic Director in 2011.
Adèle Benoit has always been a fan of the arts and of Montreal. Originally from Ottawa, she has an MBA specializing in Marketing and Not-for-Profit organizations from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and an undergrad double major in Linguistics and German. In 2012 she was named Protégé by the Mallory Gilbert Award Winner Chuck Childs. She is a former member of the METAs Committee and has been on the Diversity Committee of the Conseil Québécois du théâtre since 2016. She has been with BTW since February 2005, collaborating with three BTW Artistic Directors.
Artist Mentorship Program Coordinator
After more than a decade in Montreal, Warona feels like a true Montrealer. An actress and teacher, Warona is a graduate of the Virginia Tech Theatre Arts program. As an actor, she has worked with several theatre companies in Montreal including Black Theatre Workshop, Imago Theatre, Teesri Duniya and Tableau D’Hote. She is also co-founder of Metachroma Theatre. She was fortunate enough to have been a part of Black Theatre Workshop’s former Youthworks program, and until recently the Co-Coordinator of Artista, a theatre mentorship program for young women. Warona is excited and honoured to be working with The Artist Mentorship Ensemble, the future generation of Montreal English theatre.
Coming from a multi-disciplinary background in Creative Project Development, Giordanno has been a compulsive writer and Media Manager for 15 years. Giordanno pursued his dream of graduating in Communications in 2007 and had his Bachelor’s thesis mentioned by CNN in 2009 and Polish magazine Rozrywka in 2013. Some of his work was published by the National Geographic (BR), NRC (NL), Aftenposten (NO), and Hall-E (JP). His MBA in Marketing was focused in Project Development and Research at IBM. In Canada since 2015, Giordanno finished his Master’s in Anthropology at Concordia University. Descendant of enslaved Africans, Giordanno is the proud author of “Ebony Souls, Ivory Skins”, a book set in Colonial Brazil. Working for the Black Theatre Workshop is not only a career move, but also another dream.
School Tour Coordinator
Christine Rodriguez is the award-winning playwright of Dreaming in Autism, The Autism Monologues and most recently, Black Theatre Workshop’s Simone, Half and Half. She’s also an actor who’s appeared in Québec TV shows such as Blue Moon and Ruptures. She’s been working at Black Theatre Workshop for over five years now as the school liaison, a role she is passionate about as she gets great joy at sharing stories of the African Diaspora with young people across the Montreal region. She has a Certificate of Screenwriting from UCLA, a MBA from McGill University and is currently working on a Major in Hispanic Studies at Université de Montréal.
Princess F.H. Symonds
Princess was born and raised in the small island of Bermuda. A traveller at heart, she has concerted a great deal of energy seeking the world beyond of the confines of her ocean’s shores. After graduating from The University of Manchester with a B.A. in Language, Literacy and Communication she spent the next 6 years teaching English as a Second language in South Korea, China and the Cree Community of Chisasibi on the James Bay. Her experiences have afforded her the opportunity to widen her world view and increase her understanding of the human condition. Armed with unfailing enthusiasm and a deeper understanding of the importance of cultural awareness and engagement, she is ecstatic to join the colorful community of BTW.
Mentorship Assistant Coordinator
Mariah Inger has been an actress for over 30yrs. She works in Theatre, Film/TV, Voice, Video Game motion caption and Radio. She is grateful to have had the chance to work with some of the best in the biz. She is also Vice President of ‘Black Wealth Media’. A company she helped build 4 years ago, which focuses on producing afro-centric content, for Film, TV & Web. She is also a director, mentor to emerging marginalized artists, a member of multiple boards helping to implement better diversity and inclusivity policies… and is the proud single mother to her 26 yrs. old son. Today, she is happy to be sharing her knowledge and experience to BTW’s Artist Mentorship Program.