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Happy Summer & Look out for our 
2019-2020 Season!

From all of us here at BTW, we wish you an amazing summer! As we close our office for some much needed downtime, we can't help but reflect on a truly successful 2018-2019 season! So many highlights and amazing performances here in Montreal, and on tour in Ontario! 

Upon our return from summer vacation, we will be getting into full-swing for our 2019-2020 Season! We are thrilled to share with you what we have planned for the year! Break out your calendars and take note of the dates for these outstanding future projects! 


The 2019-2020 Ensemble for our META Award winning Artist Mentorship Program begin their meetings in September! The accepted artists will work alongside our AMP Artistic Team throughout the season in scheduled meetings and engage in intensive workshops led by some of Montreal theatreʼs most exceptional professional artists, including members of BTW.

Look out for the Ensemble Announcement coming soon!
For more information about the AMP Ensemble and the program, click here.


BTW 5 à 7

Come join us for our annual community BTW 5 à 7 meet and greet, where we invite folks to get to know our team, and find out what Black Theatre Workshop is all about!

OCT 11, 2019
5pm - 7pm
BTW Rehearsal Hall
3680, rue Jeanne Mance, Suite 460
RSVP: or 514.932.1104
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by Omari Newton

Our first presentation of the season will be our Discovery Series - a staged reading of Black & Blue Matters by Omari Newton. Three years have passed since white police officer David Harrison has been found innocent in his on duty shooting of unarmed teenager Sammir Frederique. He is haunted by the murder, suffering recurring nightmares of being re-tried in the ominous “Oppressed People’s Court”. Black and Blue Matters is a satirical, interactive, Hip Hop theatre piece that examines the distinction between legality and true justice as it relates to crimes against marginalized peoples.

OCT 21, 2019
Playwrights' Workshop Montreal
7250, rue Clark, Suite 103
RSVP: or 514.932.1104
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by Djennie Laguerre

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.

NOV 4 - 17, 2019
Various cultural centres in Montreal.
For exact Dates & Venues click here
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DARK RED by Willow Cioppa
CRY BABY byKalale Dalton-Lutale

Black Theatre Workshop & Playwrights' Workshop Montreal will be presenting 2 one-act plays in a special Double Bill. BTW & PWM place the spotlight on two of our Artist Mentorship Program alumni playwrights with this presentation of their recent work.

DEC 10 - 15, 2019
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680, rue Jeanne Mance
Ticket Reservations: or 514.932.1104
*Group Bookings Available
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by Christine Rodriguez

BTW presents the world premiere of Simone, Half and Half by Christine Rodriguez! Simone is a mixed-race teenage girl who struggles to figure out where she fits in, in a world that still judges people on the basis of the colour of their skin.

Touring Montreal schools for Black History Month, this is a touching story about reaching out to the past, uncovering hopes and dreams for a better future and discovering one’s identity, told through theatre, music, dance and poetry.

To book your school for the tour contact: or 514.932.1104


by Tawiah Ben M'carthy

BTW and Espace Libre team up once again, to co-present the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production of 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.

MAR 24 - 28, 2020
Espace Libre
1945, rue Fullum
Box Office: Online Tickets or 514.521.4191
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August Wilson's FENCES

Closing out our productions for 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.

APR 23 - MAY 10, 2020
Centaur Theatre
453, rue Saint François Xavier
Box Office: Tickets Online or 514.288.3161
Facebook Event: Coming Soon!


AMP Industry Showcase
by The AMP Ensemble

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 BTW.

MAY 1 - 3, 2020
Segal Centre for the Performing Arts
5170 Cote St Catherine
RSVP: or 514.932.1104
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Thank you so much for your continued support over the years! As the longest running Black theatre company in Canada, it brings us great pleasure to reflect our people and our culture on stages in Montreal and beyond! We look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Warmest Regards
The BTW Team
Featured: Gas Girls by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard. Performer: Virgilia Griffith. Direction: Quincy Armorer & Liz Valdez. Costume Design: Susana Vera. Set Design: Lara Kaluza. Lighting Design: Eric Mongerson.
Photography: Antoine Saito.
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