Interim Artistic Director, Black Theatre Workshop

Tyrone Benskin

Throughout Tyrone’s extensive contribution to Canadian Arts and Culture, Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) has been an integral element of his varied career. His work has been recognized as a performer in many of BTW’s early productions, such as The River Niger, The Caretaker and The Death of Bessie Smith. He has also drawn critical acclaim for his work in later productions of plays including My Children My Africa, Le Code Noir and Wade in the Water. His BTW directing credits include the world premiere of Swan Song for Marie and A Raisin in the Sun. He has been a past member of the Black Theatre Workshop Board of Directors and the Artistic Director from 2005 to 2011, until his election to the 41st Parliament of Canada where, as an MP he served as Shadow Cabinet Minister of Canadian Heritage, Deputy Critic for Official Languages and as a member of the Sub-Committee on International Human Rights. Most recently, Tyrone has served as President of the BTW Board. 

Tyrone now steps into the role of Interim Artistic Director. “It is important that the continuity of what we have built and the partnerships we have developed not only be maintained but cultivated”.