Virtual Vision Celebration 2022

We are pleased to invite you to our Virtual Vision Celebration!

Vision is back and the Black Theatre Workshop team is thrilled to see the tradition return for its’ 36th year in this 2nd virtual edition. The celebration continues as we bring emerging artist award winners and gifted performers into your homes. Viewers will be able to tune in via Facebook and YouTube Saturday, February 26th at 7:30 PM. The pandemic has forced us to change the format, but the essence and purpose of this beloved event remain, as we celebrate Black excellence and elevate Black voices and stories this Black History Month.

 We invite our community to tune in to the launch of this event where you will have the opportunity to see quality performances, learn about BTW’s programs and activities and listen to beautiful stories from friends of BTW about the legacy of our incredible organisation. 

Learn more about our 2022 Emerging Artist awardees below!


Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award Recipient

Congratulations to Maryline Chery, recipient of the Gloria-Mitchell Award! Maryline will be awarded this prestigious honor at our Virtual Vision Celebration later this month!  

The definition of Maryline takes its roots in Haiti. Actress of Haitian descent, dramaturg, and improviser, Maryline studied theatre at Concordia University. From 2018-2019, Maryline was a part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. In 2021, she became a member of CEAD. More recently, she was part of Duo en Vitrine produced by Théâtre I.N.K (Théâtre Alphonse Desjardins; 2021), The Portico Project: The Exchange (Centaur Theatre; 2021) and AFRODISIAQUE (Segal Centre for Performing Arts; 2021). She also co-directed the second edition of “Projet Racines” at Espace Libre (2021). You may have spotted her in some notable series such as District 31 (2020) or Ruptures (2019). Maryline takes it upon herself to represent the riches of kreyol culture in her craft as a writer and actress. Her mission is to create vibrant, diverse, engaged, and colorful pieces that resemble her.  


Victor Phillips Award Recipient

Congratulations to Raphaël Joseph, recipient of the Victor Phillips Award! Raphaël will receive this prestigious honor at our Virtual Vision Celebration later this month!  

Raphaël Joseph was born in Haiti and lived most of his life in his home country until 2016. Raphaël obtained his diploma in the summer of 2021 at Calixa Lavallée school, where he was involved with the volunteering program coordinated by Coup de pouce Jeunesse. He was also involved in cultural activities in his neighborhood, especially the open mic where he shares his passion for poetry which is an art he has been practicing since a young age. He was even given the nickname “lover boy” because he writes about love quite often. Raphaël’s goal is to become a social worker to provide those in need with the appropriate tools and resources and to raise awareness to improve men’s mental health.  

Roen Higgins is an award-winning spoken word poet, educator, and speaker. As the founder of The Elevated Creative, her mission is to elevate others through creative literacy and help get them unstuck and tap into their genius zone. She is dedicated to planting the seed that creativity should be fostered, valued, and celebrated at home and school. Dubbed as Blu’Rva, Roen is known as a repeat winner in the scene of improv & slam poetry and has performed from local stages to festival du monde as an independent artist. She is a longtime member of ‘The Poets Tree’ and ‘Kalmunity Vibe Collective’. Roen is a graduate of Human Relations and Family Life Education from Concordia University. Her creative contributions were recognized by the Black Theatre Workshop, receiving the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award (2012). 

Featured in, CBC Arts online series (2021)    

Poetry anthology Talking Book (2006, Cumulus Press).

Joy Mwandemange, AKA Thandizo, is a Malawian actress and musical artist who graduated from Carleton University with a B.Mus (Hons) with a specialization in Musical Theatre Voice while honing her other passions of rapping, choreographing, directing, and writing.

Joy is a board member of Lost Baggage Musical Theatre and has directed, musical directed, and choreographed a number of their productions. She has a passion for creating art that speaks to her experiences, culture, and principles and so she gravitates to art that portrays and celebrates the black experience. Joy was a part of the 2020/2021 class of the Black Theatre Workshops Artist Mentorship Program.

Viewers will enjoy a conversation between multidisciplinary artist and long-time BTW contributor, Leon Llewellyn, and actor and Artist Mentorship Program (AMP) alumni (2019-2020) Schubert Pierre-LouisWatch as they engage in a conversation about their respective journeys as artists who have gone through the doors of Black Theatre Workshop since its’ inception for Llewellyn and just recently for Pierre-Louis.

 Choose your preferred platform to watch the Virtual Vision Celebration

 Tune into the Virtual Vision Celebration 2022 on Facebook Live and YouTube Premiere.

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Vision is Black Theatre Workshop’s largest fundraising event of the year, and we are counting on our community’s support now more than ever. Black Theatre Workshop, like many other theatres across Canada, has faced uncertain times during the pandemic and has had to pivot and adjust to challenges arising from the inability to perform in person. Though we have been lucky to continue to create digitally across our various programs, donations from supporters will help us for upcoming seasons and only strengthen our goal and mission to promote and produce outstanding theatre that educates, entertains, and inspires.  Event details and Donation link are available below.

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Black Theatre Workshop

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.

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