What a night at the METAs!

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On Sunday October 14, the 6th annual Montreal English Theatre Awards (METAs) ceremony took place, and Black Theatre Workshop garnered 4 awards for our production of The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, produced with Neptune Theatre!

The production received the Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Lead Actor awards for husband and wife team Letitia Brookes and Tristan D. Lalla. Eo Sharp took home the award for Outstanding Set Design and The Mountaintop received the prestigious award for Outstanding PACT Production!  

It was a true pleasure to watch our friend and colleague Rahul Varma accept the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Award on behalf of Teesri Duniya Theatre, for their tireless work in bringing a variety of cultural voices to the Montreal stage. Our congratulations also goes out to James Douglas who received the Unsung Hero of Theatre Award.

We celebrated and cheered loudly when alumnae from our Artist Mentorship Program took to the stage, receiving their honours one after another: Outstanding New Text Michaela Di Cesare; Outstanding Emerging Artist - Performance Anton May; Outstanding Supporting Actress Gita Miller; Outstanding Costume Design Sophie El Assaad and Outstanding Emerging Artist – Production Zoe Roux! We experienced a special treat when former Artistic Director Tyrone Benskin received the Outstanding Supporting Actor award and when former Assistant Artistic Director Mike Payette received the award for Outstanding Direction. Our congratulations to one and all!
Top left to bottom right: Quincy Armorer - Outstanding PACT Production, Tristan D. Lalla - Outstanding Lead Actor, Eo Sharp - Outstanding Set Design, Letitia Brookes - Outstanding Lead Actress. Photos by: Andrée Lanthier.

BTW & MAI Team Up

Black Theatre Workshop will be showcasing an eclectic group of talented, diverse performers from across multiple disciplines and languages at the MAI's first ever La Foire - R, R & R.

The selected performers come from the worlds of theatre, slam poetry and dance and will present works in both English and French. Many of them have been a part of our Artist Mentorship Program that offers support to emerging artists looking to kick-start their professional careers.

The BTW Showcase is on Wednesday October 24 at 8pm. Tickets are FREE, but space is limited, please R.S.V.P. here.

Pictured: Willow Cioppa (AMP 2018-19) Artist in the BTW Showcase

Angélique in December

Angélique, written by Black Canadian playwright, the late Lorena Gale, is based on true events chronicling the life of Marie Joseph Angélique; an enslaved Black woman who was publicly executed for having allegedly set fire to Montréal in 1734.

After playing to sold-out audiences in 2017, BTW commissioned the French translation of Angélique by translator Mishka Lavigne in order to bring this important Black Canadian play to a Francophone audience. 

Presented in association with Tableau D'Hôte Theatre, this stage reading will take place on December 15, 2018 at the Centre du Théâtre D'Aujourd'hui. For tickets, click here.


Angélique by Lorena Gale the 2017 Tableau D'Hôte Theatre & Black Theatre Workshop co-production. Pictured: Tristan D. Lalla, Jenny Brizard. Direction: Mike Payette. Lighting: David Perreault Ninacs. Set & Costume: Eo Sharp. Photo: Jaclyn Turner.

Vision News!

Tickets are on sale now for our annual Vision Celebration Gala  happening on February 2, 2019.

Join us as we honour Fabienne Colas with the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award! Ms. Colas was also recently named as one of the top 3 finalists for the illustrious 2018 Charles Biddle Award; an award that recognizes the exceptional contribution of people who have immigrated to Quebec and whose personal or professional commitment contributes to the cultural and artistic development of this province. Well done, Fabienne!

To purchase tickets for the Vision Celebration Gala, click here.

Pictured: Fabienne Colas, Recepient of the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.
Bluenose by Emil Sher (2017) Pictured: Manouchka Elinor, Alexandra Laferrière. Direction: Tamara Brown. Set & Costume Design: Sabrina Miller.
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