2021-22 AMP Ensemble
This year’s ensemble is a diverse group of emerging theatre artists who demonstrate talent, skill and potential in their respective disciplines!
We are ecstatic to reveal our AMP 2021-22 Ensemble. Under our Artist Mentorship Program coordinators Warona Setshwaelo and Mariah Inger, this new brilliant ensemble will embark on a bold, new season of theatre.
Over the course of the current season, they will work alongside some of Montreal’s most sought-after theatre professionals, leading up to our popular Industry Showcase in early May. We couldn’t be happier to welcome them all to the BTW family!
Join the Artist Mentorship Program and this group of exceptionally talented emerging theatre artists!
Abigail Whitney (she/her) is the Artistic Director Intern at Volcano Theatre and is in the 2021-22 Nightwood Innovators program. Abigail is thrilled to be accepted in the director stream of AMP. Abigail is an award-winning stage director, an internationally awarded filmmaker, an actor, a fashion model, an artist educator and a youth mentor. She has studied at UofT’s Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, and abroad in London, UK at Queen Mary University of London (performing at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival with UK’s award-winning Queen Mary Theatre Company.)
Abigail is named a “one-of-a-kind Canadian model” and is listed as “100 Black Artists to support this Juneteenth” by New York’s Gritty Vibes Magazine. Abigail is on the cover of Ark Magazine’s 002 “The Reset” Issue, with a full spread interview and is featured as a ‘Game Changer’ in the Toronto arts sector. UofT’s The Varsity newspaper published a personal essay about her acclaimed career and interviewed her on the front-page of The Varsity’s paper in the article: “UofT student, model, and director-how does Abigail Whitney do it all?” She is named a “quadruple threat” by UofT News “UofT students who crushed it.” She is featured on CBC’s q, ByBlacks, CBC’s OurToronto, Eboss Canada and Broadway World.
In 2021, her debut short film “Seule” that she wrote, produced and directed premiered at Paprika’s 2021 Festival and went on to win Best Amateur Film at the Short To The Point International Short Film Festival and the Best Experimental Film Award at the 2021 Austin Micro Film Festival.
Abigail Whitney directed Woodney Pierre’s music video ‘Sans Toi’ releasing February 2022.
Alyssa Angelucci-Wall is a half-Haitian Montreal born artist/performer and Concordia University graduate, holding a BFA in Theatre with a Specialization in Theatre Performance. From a young age she has been passionate about all facets of theatre and its multifarious nature. Some of her more impactful past roles have been Rhonda from “Lion in the Streets” from her time at Concordia University, taking part in the Rose Festival as Lightning from “The Last Place You’ll Look”, and her most recent work with Geordie Theatre’s 2PlayTour as Stella from “Celestial Bodies”. She strives to take part in art with strong cultural integrity that is accessible, embracing, addresses challenging subjects and focuses on fostering connection.
Fascinated by performing arts for as long as she can remember, Audrey always had a passion for acting. She decided to make the big jump and moved by herself to New York City to pursue this passion. Graduated from an intensive two-year acting conservatory in The Big Apple, she has completed other programs including a full time 6-month dance program at the Broadway Dance Center. She also was mentored by Anna Garduno for voice over work. Officially back to Canada since the end of 2020, she is more than ready to pursue her career here and internationally. She is represented by da Vinci Talent Agency.
Bongani Musa is a theatre artist who was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently resides in Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated from the University of Regina with a BA in theatre and performance. He has acting credits in both theatre and film and has a growing interest in devised theatrical works. His acting credits include The other side of the river, Mine to have, The Story(radio play), 4our(devised), Secrets From the Borne Settee (devised), Catherine Banks’ Bone Cage, Antigone, Terry Pratchett’s Mort, and The Caring Only Cry at Night (film), Mercy (film).
Christopher Parker received his Master of Music in Literature & Performance at Western University. He made his professional debut at Centaur Theatre in the Canadian premiere of Choir Boy, by Oscar-winning writer Tarrell Alvin McCraney, which won Best PACT Production at the 2019 Montreal English Theatre Awards. Since then, he has participated in the workshopping of new productions with Obsidian Theatre, Tapestry Opera, and The Musical Stage Company. Christopher made his Toronto stage debut in the critically-acclaimed and 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Outstanding New Play nominee The Negroes are Congregating with Piece of Mine Arts and Theatre Passé Muraille.
Grégory Yves is a performer who’s passions for acting and music collide in the form a 6’0 Haitian-Canadian. Originally from Ottawa, since leaving he’s spent time training both in the US and Canada to refine his skills and accrue new ones as he studied everything from voice to ballet. Since settling in Montreal, he’s also become a player in the local and national music scenes under his solo project NOVEMBER, in addition to recently earning his BFA in Acting from Concordia.
As this new step begins he hopes the world is as ready for him as he is for it.
Henry Austin Shikongo
Henry Austin Shikongo (he/him) is an actor from Ottawa, Ontario. He has performed in Canada, the United States and has toured internationally. Henry is a graduate of the Ottawa Theatre School, studied physical theatre at Dell Arte International, and holds an MFA from the American Repertory Theatre Institute at Harvard University. He is just about to begin a level 2 Intimacy Direction course and is on full scholarship for a 3 year Alexander Technique Teacher Training certification. He is pleased to announce he just recently became a full member of ACTRA and SAG-AFTRA. He is thrilled to join the BTW’s Artist Mentorship Program and is appreciative of this unique and inclusive opportunity for BIPOC artists across the country.
Isaac Cunningham is an actor, born and raised in Manchester, England. From the age of 15, Isaac attended the Oldham Theatre Workshop and later went on to study Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds. Since 2017, Isaac has been living and working in Toronto, strengthening his acting craft in classes for stage and screen, and has appeared in several short films and digital projects. He is currently in rehearsals for We Are Here, a play directed by Judith Thompson and will appear as a series regular in the upcoming Sloppy Jones show.
Natasha “Courage” Bacchus
I am Natasha “Courage” Bacchus, I am former 3 times DeafOlympican Sprinter. Since 2019, I have participated as an actress for “The Black Drum”, “The Two Natasha’s”, “21 Black Futures”, TV film Season 4 Netflix “The Corner”. I have participated as an art collaborator with numerous theatre and film productions in Canada as an interdisciplinary visual artist, art accessibility consultant, and activist for IBPOC Deaf art community and expanding IBPOC Deaf artists representation.
Oluwaseun Peace Akintade-Oluwagbeye
Peace Akintade is an African-Canadian Interdisciplinary Poet, Public-Speaker on Immigration and Refugee Rights, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Former 2020- 2021 Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate, Co-coordinator of Write Out Loud, a Saskatoon-based Youth Poetry Community. Currently attaining an Anthropology degree at UofS, Peace values the influence of storytelling when bridging cultural strife in foreign lands. Part of the Youth Speaker’s Bureau for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. Recently one of the 21 Black Playwrights chosen for the Obsidian Theatre’s 21 Black Future Project. Her play “Madness with Rocks” can be found on CBCArts and CBCGem. Her poems focus on the impact of colonialization as a first-generation immigrant, and the liberation and strength of Black Joy.
Paul Smith (he/il) is a Thursday-born performer, creator, and facilitator from Stittsville, ON., Treaty 27. Since graduating from the Dan School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University, he uses his intersectionalities to create non-hierarchical spaces for a new generation of artists. Today, he explores how narratives that center marginalized bodies can be adapted into stories of reclamation, innovation, and protest. When not writing his autobiomyth “Anansi v. God(s)“, or thinking about the symbiotic relationship between theatre and film, Paul is developing his art practice through the principles of Sankofa, and listening to Frank Ocean (on repeat).
Sasha Hayden is of Jamaican and Canadian descent. She’s committed and passionate about her craft, and believes representation matters.
Sasha was born in Calgary, Alberta. Her studies started at Company of Rogues Actors’ Studio. Sasha is now based in Vancouver where she continues to take an array of classes. Currently, she trains online at The Imagined Life Studio in L.A.
She’s had appearances on networks such as Netflix, Lifetime, Hallmark and more. Recent credits include Love Guaranteed, Firefly Lane, Wendy Williams and more.
Tara L. Taylor
Tara L. Taylor – East Preston, NS; Light House GO Manager; Festival Director – Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival; CBC Arts & Cultural Columnist; Playwright Atlantic Resource and Women in Film & Television – Atlantic board member; Inaugural Artist in Residence for the Halifax Public Libraries; 2021 Winner of the African Nova Scotian Music Awards Industry Development Award for her body of work in presenting musical theatre and film; a Proud Mom of four; a playwright, filmmaker, multimedia artist, singer, actress.
Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s longest running 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.