Black Theatre Workshop

Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s oldest Black theatre company and is committed to reflecting Black culture and community by developing and providing visibility for Black Canadian artists. Black Theatre Workshop is an award-winning English- speaking theatre company based in Montreal, Quebec.

PACT Membership: Regular Membership

PACT Caucuses: Architects,

PACT Region: 6 – Quebec

Mission
Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s oldest Black theatre company. Our mission is to encourage and promote the development of a Black and Canadian Theatre, rooted in a literature that reflects the creative will of Black Canadian writers and artists, and the creative collaborations between Black and other artists. Black Theatre Workshop aims to promote and produce Black theatre that educates, entertains and delights its audiences. The company strives to create a greater cross-cultural understanding by its presence and the intrinsic value of its work.

Artistic Goals
The artistic policy is to program primarily plays by Afri-Canadian playwrights, however plays are selected firstly on their artistic merit. While BTW continues to attract a diverse audience, plays are selected for their relevance to Black society and culture. This is in answer to the growing need amongst the Black communities to see themselves reflected in the stories they watch and to further answer the need for the general audience to better understand and participate in the varied aspects of Black culture.

A Brief History
BTW is the oldest Black theatre company in Canada. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1972. The history of BTW involves a relentless struggle to diversify and democratize the arts in Canada. This has been accomplished by increasing the range of performing arts and cultures that are recognized, accepted, and supported in Canada at the level of audiences, patrons, sponsors, funding agencies and governments. BTW is the longest-surviving and most established Black theatre company in Canada, due in part to our continued commitments to artistic excellence, social relevance and our audiences, and to our ability to adapt as a self-renewing arts organization.

Company Information:

  • Year Founded: 1972
  • Annual Budget: $400,000
  • Season Starts: September
  • Season Ends: June
  • Theatre Tours: Yes
  • Tour Locations:
    • Regionally
  • Engagement Contracts:
    • CTA
    • PGC
    • APASQ
  • Affiliations & Memberships (other than PACT): Quebec Drama Federation, English Language Arts Network, Conseil québécois du théâtre
  • Senior Staff:

  • Quincy ArmorerArtistic Director
  • Adele BenoitGeneral Manager
  • Kym Dominique-FergusonOutreach & Marketing Coordinator
  • Warona SetshwaeloArtist Mentorship Program Coordinator

Venue Information:

  • Number of Rehersal seats: 40

Rental Information:

  • Venue rental Information:

    Venue rentals: yes
  • Venue rental contact name: Adele Benoit
  • Venue rental contact title: General Manager
  • Venue rental contact phone: 514-932-1104 ext 221
  • Venue rental contact email: gm@blacktheatreworkshop.ca
  • Other rental Information:

    Other rentals:
    • Costumes
    • Props

Solicitation Information:

  • Playwrights:

    Accept unsolicited scripts: yes
  • Policies: BTW is a developmental theatre company and we are always on the lookout for new works. Yearly we produce 1 Mainstage, 1 TYA play as well as a stage reading of a new work that fits with our mission: The mission of Black Theatre Workshop is to encourage and promote the development of a Black and Canadian Theatre, rooted in a literature that reflects the creative will of Black Canadian writers and artists, and the creative collaborations between Black and other artists.  BTW aims to promote and produce Black theatre that educates, entertains and delights its audiences. The company strives to create a greater cross-cultural understanding by its presence and the intrinsic value of its work. While our focus is on work by Black Canadian playwrights, we will on occasion produce work that still fits our mission but from a non-Canadian or non-Black playwright. If you would like to submit your play, please include: Your script Your bibliography (please feel free to self identify your cultural background) Information on the development history or production history of your play A summary of the play (max 500 words) A cast breakdown Your full mailing address, telephone and email address Please send it to: Att: Mr. Quincy Armorer Artistic Director To submit via snail mail: 3860 Jeanne Mance, Suite 432 Montreal QC H2X 2K5 To submit via email: submissions@blacktheatreworkshop.ca Please send in Word or PDF attachment only. File name must consist of your Title and draft #. Due to the volume of submissions, only those playwrights whose work is being considered will be contacted.
  • Actors:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Policies: Actors Submissions Each year Quincy Armorer takes part in the Quebec Drama Federation auditions organized on behalf of Montreal Artistic Directors. Please consult the Quebec Drama Federation website for this seasons’ auditions. On occasion we hold our own auditions as well. Actors are welcome to send unsolicited cv’s. Via snail-mail: Please send submissions to: Att: Mr. Quincy Armorer Artistic Director 3860 Jeanne Mance, Suite 432 Montreal, Quebec, H2X 2K5 Via email: submissions@blacktheatreworkshop.ca
  • General auditions: yes
  • Production staff:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Administrative Staff:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Designers:

    Accept Resumés: yes
  • Directors:

    Accept Resumés: yes