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), Giordanno Bruno (Marketing).

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

LIVE on September 11, 2020

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

LIVE on July 30, 2020

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.