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Thursday, August 25, 2011

News: Black Theatre Workshop has new AD: Quincy Armorer

BTW press release: 

MONTREAL, August 25, 2011 – The Board of Governors announced today that it has selected its new Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop Quincy Armorer. Quincy has a long history with the company, a vast amount of theatrical experience within Canada, and the board and staff are pleased with this new appointment.

“We are thrilled that Quincy has returned to us in this important role, an accomplished artist, developed within the Black Theatre Workshop family, he honed his skills in the wider Canadian theatre community. We look forward to Quincy’s artistic leadership, as BTW continues its pursuit of excellence as we embark on our 41st season.” Jacklin Webb, Black Theatre Workshop President

Quincy Armorer has worked as an actor, director and theatre administrator for several years.  As an actor, he has worked at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Centaur TheatreBlack Theatre WorkshopSt. Lawrence Shakespeare FestivalRepercussionGeordie ProductionsPiggery Theatre,Shakespeare by the Sea, among others.  A graduate of the Department of Theatre at Concordia University, he served for 3 years as vice-president of the board of directors for the Quebec Drama Federation, and held several administrative positions at Centaur Theatre, where he worked for over 10 years. He was Associate Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop for its 2005-2006 season and has worked with the company over many years as a director, assistant director and stage manager.  He is an alumnus of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and will appear in Intimate Apparel at Centaur Theatre this season, and in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the title role in Othello at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.
“I am very pleased and honoured to be named Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop. As a Black theatre professional born, raised and living in Montreal, I have always held Black Theatre Workshop in the highest regard. I look forward to playing a significant role in the artistic growth and continued success of the company, in Montreal and within the broader theatre community.”
Quincy Armorer, Artistic Director, Black Theatre Workshop

Quincy will be replacing former Black Theatre Workshop Artistic Director Tyrone Benskin, newly elected MP for the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Black Theatre Workshop is dedicating its 41st season to developing new Afro-Canadian work. Black Theatre Workshop, as the oldest African Canadian theatre company stands strong in its commitment to bringing all Canadians the enlightening and profound and entertaining stories that come from African Canadians throughout this country we share. Come celebrate the old and be a part of the new with Black Theatre Workshop.

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