The Monday Night Theatre Forum returns for its second season on March 27, with legendary textile artist Christopher Pinheiro. The forum takes place at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, corner of Norfolk Street and Jerningham Avenue, Belmont.
Pinheiro is a Trinidad-born theatrician, carnvalist, multi-media artist, face and fabric painter, writer, curator and cultural researcher. He trained with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop under the late Derek Walcott and the Jamaica School of Drama. Pinheiro is a founding member of the Banyan Television Workshop and the Callaloo Company and has worked with mas-man Peter Minshall and the Toronto Caribana of Shadowland Theatre Inc. A past President of the National Drama Association of T&T, he is a recipient of a Commonwealth Foundation Fellowship in Textile Design.
He is the founding artistic director of the Swizzle Stick Theatre in Toronto, which grew out of his work with the “Island to Island” cultural exchange between the Toronto Island arts community and Trinidadian Carnival artists. He formed a troupe of stilt performers to showcase their art form outside of the carnival arena, and serves as a leading teacher and designer. Since 1997, the Swizzle Stick Theatre has mounted six productions, collaborated in dance and theatre works by others, and performed in several hundred celebrations and cultural events.
Pinheiro is a studio artist with b current, a small not-for-profit performance arts company in Toronto, where he is developing a module titled “Metaphoria”, which draws on his experience to “explashiate the jollification of the nation, through the fine art of festivation, in the post colonial diaspora.”
The Monday Night Theatre Forum was launched in November 2015 as a brand new space for wide ranging open discussions on all aspects of drama and theatre. It offers a unique insight into the lives and experiences of the persons who have shaped the T&T theatre landscape, and whose work is a testament to the creativity and ingenuity of our people.
Season one of the Monday Night Theatre Forum featured 15 practitioners between its November 2015 – August 2016 run. It featured Albert Laveau, Nikki Crosby, Ralph Maraj, Helen Camps, Dr. Efebo Wilkinson, Rhoma Spencer, Freddie Kissoon, Eunice AlleyneEunice Alleyne, Ronald Amoroso, Belinda Barnes, Wendell Manwarren, Christine Johnston, Mervyn de Goeas, Joyce Kirton, and Zeno Obi Constance.
Season two of the Monday Night Theatre Forum kicks off with Christopher Pinheiro, on March 27th, 7PM at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. For more information, find Monday Night Theatre Forum with hosts Raymond Choo Kong & Tony Hall on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org and call 351-6293 or 681-7475.