Our Staff

Quincy Armorer

Artistic Director
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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

Managing Director
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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 undergraduate 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.

Giordanno Bruno, MA

Marketing Coordinator
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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.

Warona Setshwaelo

Artist Mentorship Program Coordinator
warona@theatrebtw.ca

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.

Mariah Inger

Mentorship Assistant Coordinator
mariah@theatrebtw.ca

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 with BTW’s Artist Mentorship Program.

Christine Rodriguez

School Liaison
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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. Stay tuned for her upcoming short film FUEGO, filming this summer!

Princess F.H. Symonds

Outreach Coordinator
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Princess was born and raised on the small island of Bermuda. A traveller at heart, she has concerted a great deal of energy seeking the world beyond the confines of her island’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.

Lydie Dubuisson

Artistic Associate
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Born and based in Montreal, Lydie Dubuisson is a theatre creator, playwright, director, and storyteller. Her art explores intersectionality, dystopian reality, and collective memory in a multilingual creative process.  Dubuisson wrote QUIET/SILENCE (2018 Discovery Series – Black Theatre Workshop & Maison de la culture NDG) and she is currently writing her second play, SANCTUARY/SANCTUAIRE (Black Theatre Workshop & Théâtre aux Écuries).  She is one of the four co-writers of BLACKOUT: THE CONCORDIA COMPUTER RIOT, (Tableau d’Hôte Theatre) and SHARING OUR STORIES, TELLING OUR LIVES (Teesri Duniya).  She directed JANICE LA REINE AUX AILES D’ÉCAILLES (Places des Arts), AFRODRAG: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE (Phi Center) and SHARING OUR STORIES, TELLING OUR LIVES (Teesri Duniya).

Tim Rodrigues

Lighting Designer

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A former dancer/choreographer turned lighting designer, Tim Rodrigues has worked with an array of companies on creation-based projects and international tours. A graduate of the Contemporary Dance Department at Concordia University and the Production Design & Technical Arts Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, he is an active collaborator in both the dance and theatre communities. Notable lighting designs include: 1976 (choreographed by Dana Michel); Reaching for Starlight (Dir. Mike Payette) for Geordie Theatre; Dreary and Izzy (Dir. Mario Crudo) and The River (Dir. Thom Currie) for Magnus Theatre; Marjorie Prime for The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (Dir. Lisa Rubin), which earned him a META Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design, and How Black Mothers Say I Love You (Dir. Tamara Brown) for Black Theatre Workshop, which earned him a 2019 META Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design. In November of 2020 he was announced as a Resident Designer with Montréal’s Black Theatre Workshop. In addition to his designs, he proudly serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Directors for MainLine Theatre.

Nalo Soyini Bruce

Set Designer
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Nalo Soyini Bruce is a Montreal-based artist, set, costume and prop designer of Caribbean origin. Her designs evoke rich associations through vibrant colour relationships, textured surfaces and varied materials. She uses this vocabulary to express underlying historical, cultural and psychological dimensions of stories enacted on screen and stage. Since she emerged from the Black Theatre Workshop Artist Mentorship Program’s 2017-2018 ensemble, Nalo has worked with numerous theatre companies that include Black Theatre Workshop, Geordie Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille on productions that explore themes of cultural identity, tolerance, acceptance, and hopeful futures. Recent projects include Simone Half and Half, directed by Quincy Armorer (Black Theatre Workshop’s Black History Month school tour presentation, February 2020); The Negroes are Congregating, directed by Natasha Adiyana Morris(A Piece of Mine Arts & Theatre Passe Muraille co-production, March 2020); Da Kink in my Hair, directed by Ray Hogg(An Arts Club Theatre Company production, April 2020 opening cancelled due to Covid-19).

Board of directors

Tyrone Benskin

President
Tyrone Benskin has been a significant presence in theatre, film, television and music. His theatre credits include appearances on such celebrated stages as the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the National Arts Centre and the Centaur Theatre here in Montreal. His many acclaimed performances include Mr. M in the South African play My Children My Africa and the 71 year old Nelson Williams Johns in the Black Theatre Workshop/Centaur productions of Wade in the Water. His over 70 film and television credits include the civil rights drama “Deacons for Defence” opposite Forest Whitaker and the late Mr. Ossie Davis. Mr. Benskin served as Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop, as well as President of the Board of Creations Etc…, a youth arts and outreach organization along with being a National and Executive Councilor for ACTRA, Canada’s national film and television actors union.

Allison DaCosta

Board Member
Ms. DaCosta has a Master of Business Administration with concentration in Marketing and International Business as well as a B.Arch and a B.Sc.(Arch) from McGill University. She is currently a Co-op program coordinator at Concordia University and has career experience in business development support and marketing for leading Canadian and international professional service firms. Following her avid interest in the performing arts, Ms. DaCosta joined the Black Theatre Workshop Board of Directors in 2015.

Andréa Springer

Vice-President/Secretary
Andréa is a Public Relations professional with over 20 years experience in corporate communications, media and investor relations, as well as project and event management. She is currently the Programmes & Communications Director at the World Design Organization where she works directly with municipalities to develop strategies that communicate the value and impact of design on quality of life. As one of the newest members to join the Black Theatre Workshop in 2019, she hopes to contribute to the growth and appreciation of the performing arts within the local community.

Karen Licorish

Treasurer
Ms. Licorish has spent over 30 years in the financial industry in various positions both as a leader and a team contributor. She is an ambassador for The Toronto-Dominion Bank and has delivered the welcome address for the opening ceremony of Les Nuits d ’Afrique Outdoor Festival, three years in a row as well as several events for which TD Bank is a sponsor. She is also a member of the Black Employee Network and helps to organize their annual Black History Month Cocktail. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Concordia University, thrives on interacting with people and is passionate about volunteering.

Clarence Bayne

Board Member
Director of the Institute for Community Entrepreneurship and Development (ICED) at John Molson Business School at Concordia University. Dr. Bayne moved from the West Indies to study at the University of British Columbia, where he obtained a BA (1958) and MEcon (1960). He completed his PhD at McGill (1977) and taught at Concordia University (JMSB). Dr Bayne has made many contributions to the Black community in Quebec especially in the arts and his development work. He is best known as being one of the founding members of the Black Theatre Workshop and was the Vice-President from 1991 to 2019. 

Danielle Fortas

Board Member
Ms. Fortas has over 35 years of experience focused on technology implementations at BMO. With an emphasis on enterprise wide initiatives in Finance and Data Analytics, she has held multiple senior IT roles. Her latest management position has been in Back Office Operations where she has enabled process change within business units. Danielle immigrated from France to continue her university studies. She holds a degree in Economics from Paris X and a Bachelor of Commerce (Option MIS) from Concordia. She followed the University of Waterloo Program for BMO Technologists and the Project Management Program from York University. She is a member of the BMO Alliance for Women in Canada and the Black Professional Network. Danielle is passionate about arts, the development of black culture in Montreal and the sustainability of black community institutions within Quebec and Canada.

Yvonne Greer

Board Member
Ms. Greer has a B.A. in English and Psychology from Concordia and a M.Ed. (Counselling) from McGill. Currently retired after 30 years in Education as a teacher/Guidance Counsellor, she has worked just as long within the Black community with the Negro Community Centre (NCC) and the Black Community Central Administration of Quebec (BCCAQ). She has been on the Boards of Elizabeth House, Women on the Rise, the Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC) and is currently a member of the Rev. Dr. Charles Este Scholarship Committee. She has a strong interest in theatre going back to the Negro Theatre Arts Club and has been a long-time supporter of BTW. She has been a member of the Black Theatre Workshop Board of Directors since 2015.

Deanna Smith

Board Member
Deanna Smith has an Honours B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, a M.Sc. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Howard University, and a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing from Humber College. She retired from the field of Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Currently, she is a poet, performer and educator. She writes poetry and children’s books, participates in spoken word events, and facilitates creative writing, performance, and cultural awareness workshops for students in kindergarten through CEGEP. She was on the board of directors of the Quebec Writers’ Federation from 2012 through 2017, and is a member of QWF, ELAN (the English Language Arts Network), the Kalmunity Vibe Collective, and the Throw Poetry Collective. Deanna is a long-time supporter of BTW. She has attended productions since her childhood and volunteered during an archiving project in 2008. She is delighted to be a part of the board.

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.