IN CONVERSATION WITH
ABOUT “IN CONVERSATION WITH”
Black Theatre Workshop’s “In Conversation With” brings the signature easy going and spontaneous live conversation show to the next level. It is hard to see “In Conversation With” as an interview show rather than a conversation between friends. Every two weeks our Artistic Director Quincy Armorer talks to an eclectic mix of guests coming from the mainstages of theatre, but also from the frontlines in the Black community. Subjects vary from all relevant themes in modern society such as politics, racism, entertainment, life, but first and foremost the reason why we are all here, theatre.
Since the beginning of the show back in May 2020, Quincy has interviewed legendary guests such as multiple award winners Ranee Lee, owner of a Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, Order of Canada 2006, and Juno Award 2010, and Walter Borden (Gerontophilia, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, and The Event). Guests with blooming careers ahead of them have also made their appearance to discuss their incredible careers and exciting projects, such as Vlad Alexis (X-Men Apocalypse, Stonewall), Justin Johnson, Maryline Chery (former AMP students), and also Omari Newton (The X Files, Skyscraper, Netflix’s The Dragon Prince), and Mariah Inger (Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Playmobil: The Movie, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind).
In Conversation With airs Thursdays, 2PM, on Facebook LIVE.
Team – Quincy Armorer (Host), Adèle Benoit (General Manager), Hannah Kirby (Operator), Amber Hood (Operator), Giordanno Bruno (Marketing).
In Conversation With Makambe K. Simamba
LIVE on April 14, 2021
Join us for an intimate chat with award-winning playwright and performer, Makambe K. Simamba! Makambe holds a BFA in Drama from the University of Lethbridge. She won the 2012 Alberta Playwright’s Network Discovery Prize, the 2014 Ottawa Little Theatre National Playwriting Competition, and was a runner up for the 2013 Uprising National Playwriting Competition for her original play, MUD. A member of the 2013-2014 Playwright’s Unit at Obsidian Theatre in Toronto, Makambe has been nominated for multiple Betty Mitchell Awards and won 2 Dora Awards for her play Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers.
This special edition of the interview will be hosted by Thalia Urbani.
In Conversation With Susanne Serres
LIVE on November 26, 2020
Our guest this week will be the incredible and multi-talented filmmaker Susanne Serres!
Susanne is a filmmaker and screenwriter aspiring to create powerful and emotional short and feature films. She has studied Cinema, Visual Arts, Dramaturgy, Writing and Photography, and was the received of the Louise-Spickler scholarship at INIS Foundation.
In 2017 for Susanne’s directorial debut, she wrote and directed Zaya, which was selected by many film festivals around the world and received several awards, such as the prestigious Merit Award from Best Short Film at BEST SHORTS COMPETITION (California 2017), One-Reeler Contest Excellence Award (Los Angeles, 2017), Best Direction of Photography Award at Toronto LGBT Film Festival (2018), and the Diamond Prize at the International Independent Film Awards (California, 2018). In 2018 Susanne was in the quarterfinals at ScreenCraft International Competition for Esmée, which she wrote and directed. In January 2019, she was one of the top 5 finalists for the Dynasty Gala in the Director of the Year category. Suis-Moi, one of her short films, was chosen to be broadcast on ICI Tou.TV, and Hippocampe, the second short filme she directed at INIS, was broadcast on UNIS.TV in 2020.
In Conversation With Akilah Newton
LIVE on November 12, 2020
Quincy will be talking to wonderful Akilah Newton from @OvertureForTheArts! Akilah started her career studying music, drama and dance, and performing in productions at John Abbott College and in the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir. A talent from famed Barry Gaber’s talent management firm, she graduated at CEGEP and held internships at Montreal’s MIX 96 radio. Later in her life Newton moved to the UK to attend the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), a school co-founded by Sir Paul McCartney.
In Conversation With Janelle Cooper
LIVE on October 29, 2020
For our live conversation this week, Artistic Director Quincy Armorer will talk to wonderful 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿! With passages in Hollywood productions such as “Ally Was Screaming” (2014), and “High Noon” (2009), Janelle is an Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, and the Artistic Director of Ellipsis Tree Collective – an Afrocentric theatre company based in Calgary, AB, dedicated to the professional development and production of creative works by BIPOC artists. ETC is the only Arts organization of its kind in Western Canada. A specialist in Performance Creation, Janelle has a fierce passion for exploring the Black experience and African oral traditions through her work. Janelle has worked at Black Theatre Workshop in our production of “The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God”. She has also received recognition for her portrayal of ‘Sofia’ in the Canadian Premiere of “The Color Purple” musical, presented at Neptune Theatre, Citadel Theatre and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in 2019.
In Conversation With Clarence Bayne
LIVE on October 22, 2020
For the upcoming celebration of our 50th Season to be announced soon, our guest for the In Conversation With Quincy Armorer this week will be Dr. Clarence Bayne himself! Among many other things, he is one of the founding members of Black Theatre Workshop and the director of the Institute for Community Entrepreneurship and Development (ICED) at John Molson Business School at Concordia University. A PhD from McGill University and native to Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Bayne has made countless contributions to the Black Community in Quebec, especially in the arts, and is the president of the Black Studies Center of Montreal.
In Conversation With Christine Rodriguez
LIVE on October 1, 2020
This week on our In Conversation With, Artistic Director Quincy Armorer will speak to the wonderful Christine Rodriguez. She is the award-winning playwright of Dreaming in Autism, The Autism Monologues and most recently, our school tour production of Simone, Half and Half, which was a METAs nominee in five categories. Christine has also recently produced her first ever short film!
In Conversation With Maryline Chery
Our artistic director Quincy Armorer interviews French artist, creator, comedian, and dramaturg Maryline Chery. Maryline is an alumnus of BTW’s Artist Mentorship Program and alumni from Concordia University’s BFA Theatre Program. Maryline’s play “Fanm Rebel” is part of the Centaur Theatre’s Portico Project. Chery is known for her television work in “La Maison Bleue” (2019), and “Ruptures” (2019), cinema “Mon Frère Mikail” (2017), and “Ça Sent La Coupe” (2016), and theatre work “Blackout” (2019), “A Dyke’s Guide to Fair Play” (2018), “Afrodisiaque” (2018), and “Midsummer” (2016), to name just a few.
Deeper at the heart of Maryline’s work is her heritage and identity, which has led to theatremaking centred around Black feminism and West Indian culture.
In Conversation With E.B. Smith
LIVE on August 13, 2020
On Thursday, August 13 at 2pm, our Artistic Director Quincy Armorer interviewed actor E.B. Smith. Growing up with a father who was a baseball player with the Chicago Cubs, Smith understood at a very young age the value of hard work and practice in pursuit of a dream. His path to success led him from his hometown in Ohio to follow his dream and become an actor with companies including Canada’s legendary Stratford Festival. Smith has appeared as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop at the Grand Theatre in London and as Orsino in Twelfth Night at the Stratford Festival. We are thrilled to have him as our next guest on our In Conversation With series.
In Conversation With Shanice Nicole
Our artistic director Quincy Armorer interviews the amazing Shanice Nicole. She is a Black feminist educator, facilitator, writer and (out) spoken word artist. Her debut children’s book Dear Black Girls, published by Metonymy Press is now available for pre-order, and she is also the curator of free community resources such as Jobs & Things, All Black Everything in Montreal, and the BFCN Scholarship Directory.
Shanice believes that everyone has the power to make change and the words of Maya Angelou resonate deeply, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
In Conversation With Justin Johnson
LIVE on July 16, 2020
Our Artistic Director Quincy Armorer talks to professional performer extraordinaire Justin Johnson. A graduate of the Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College and an alumnus of our Artist Mentorship Program, Justin is an artist who does not limit himself; he dances, acts, sings, and is looking forward to directing. He has graced a vast multitude of theatrical productions in Montreal and will be sharing a little bit of his story and his future projects with us. For 50 years, BTW has been bringing to the stage the stories of Black Canadian writers, infusing it with the life, passion and magic that only live theatre can bring! We can’t wait to gather in the theatre once again.
In Conversation With Vlad Alexis
LIVE on July 2, 2020
Actor extraordinaire and alumni of our Artist Mentorship Program Vlad Alexis will sit with our host Quincy Armorer to discuss his career and specifically his most recent project, the TV show “The D Cut“. For 50 years, BTW has been bringing to the stage the stories of Black Canadian writers, infusing it with the life, passion and magic that only live theatre can bring! We can’t wait to gather in the theatre once again.
In Conversation With Mariah Inger & Henri Pardo
LIVE on July 3, 2020
Mariah Inger and Henri Pardo from Black Wealth Media talk about their goals, their past and what the future holds for the Black community in these weird times. For 50 years, BTW has been bringing to the stage the stories of Black Canadian writers, infusing it with the life, passion and magic that only live theatre can bring! We can’t wait to gather in the theatre once again.
In Conversation With Walter Borden
LIVE on June 9, 2020
As our next guest for our “In Conversation With…” series, we are thrilled to welcome the award-winning actor Walter Borden. For 50 years, BTW has been bringing to the stage the stories of Black Canadian writers, infusing it with the life, passion and magic that only live theatre can bring! We can’t wait to gather in the theatre once again.
In Conversation With Ranee Lee
LIVE on May 22, 2020
As our next guest for our “In Conversation With…” series, we are thrilled to welcome the legendary award-winning performer Ranee Lee. For 50 years, BTW has been bringing to the stage the stories of Black Canadian writers, infusing it with the life, passion and magic that only live theatre can bring! We can’t wait to gather in the theatre once again. .
In Conversation With Omari Newton
LIVE on May 22, 2020
Today Quincy Armorer spoke with fellow artist Omari Newton as part of our In Conversation with series. For 50 years, BTW has been bringing to the stage the stories of Black Canadian writers, infusing it with the life, passion and magic that only live theatre can bring! We can’t wait to gather in the theatre once again.
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.