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Black Theatre Workshop
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The Black Theatre Workshop (Le Theatre BTW Inc.) evolves out of the Drama Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Montreal (October1965 - 1985). It is the oldest surviving professional English speaking Black theatre company in Canada. It was conceived by and created by Dr Clarence S. Bayne who served as its President and Artistic Director for many. He is currently a member of its Board of Governors, in the positions of Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice President.
Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s oldest Black theatre company was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1972. Their mission is to encourage and promote the development of a Black and Canadian Theatre, rooted in a literature that reflects the creative will of Black Canadian writers and artists, and the creative collaborations between Black and other artists. Black Theatre Workshop objective is the promotion and the production of Black theatre that educates, entertains and delights its audiences. The company strives to create a greater cross-cultural understanding by its presence and the intrinsic value of its work. The history of the BTW involves a relentless struggle to diversify and democratize the arts in Canada.
The BTW is funded by Canada Council, CALQ, CAM, Heritage, TD Bank, Cole Foundation, and a number of Black community donor organizations, and supporters in the community at large. Over the years, the company and its artists have received several awards for the artistic excellence of its work from the Montreal English theatre critics and from The Black History Month Round Table. The company plays and active role in PACT.
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