Principal Artists Biographies
Author and Performer
Djennie Laguerre is a graduate of the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory, New York, and the University of Ottawa (B.A., Theatre). Onstage, Djennie has been part of the production and tour of Rendez-vous with Home/ Rendez-vous Lakay by Black Theatre Workshops; Espoir/Espwa, Le malade imaginaire, Les Zinspirés and Les Zinspirés 3D (Théâtre français de Toronto); Seventeen (Anonymous) Women (Infintheatre); REZ SISTERS (Factory Theatre).
She wrote and starred in Rendez-vous with Home/Rendez-vous Lakay (SummerWorks Festival, 2008, and Théâtre français de Toronto), also presented in several storytelling festivals such as Les Contes nomades (CNA, Café) and Festival le loup de Lafontaine. She is proud of its ambitious two-version tour (English and French) with the iconic Black Theatre Workshop (Montréal, 2018).
META nomination for Best Actress for Rendez-vous with Home/ Rendez-vous Lakay (BTW 2018 production & also toured November 2019). Film/TV: Madame Bonheur on MiniTFO; Flashpoint; Degrassi Junior High. Rendez-vous with Home won the Spotlight Performance Award at the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. She has received several nominations: Dora for Outstanding Performance- Ensemble for Les Zinspirés (2012), Outstanding Performance by an Individual and Outstanding Performance by Ensemble for Les ZINSPIRÉS 3D. In development, her next show Taking care of ‘Maman’ produced by Roseneath Theatre is scheduled to tour within schools.
Direction and Set Design
Kamana Ntibarikure is a multifaceted, trilingual artist. Acting, movement, and music have always been her preferred mediums of creative expression, and she uses them to build bridges between the two solitudes. She played the lead role of Dolorès Van Cartier in the musical comedy Sister Act at the Just for Laughs Festival. Past artistic director of the CETM (the Centre for Education and Theatre in Montréal), she organized the 8th edition of the Festival Nouvelle Vague (Next Wave) which celebrates new musical theatre.
Notable recent directing credits include the play Rendez-Vous with Home (Black Theatre Workshop) for which she received a META (Montréal English Theatre Awards) nomination in the Outstanding Direction category. She also directed an historic collaboration between Black Theatre Workshop and Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui: the presentation of the play Angélique by Lorena Gale in translation, in Montréal last December.
With Manman la mer, Kamana is delighted to mark her first collaboration with Théâtre Catapulte.
Composer, Musician, and Creative Consultant
A singer-songwriter, choreographer, and dancer, Sara Rénélik has worked onstage internationally for several years. After having participated in multiple projects (singer and backup for Eval Manigat & Tchaka, Emeline Michel, Luck Mervil, Yaya Diallo, Erol Josué, and the renowned Azor as well as choreographer/dancer for Céline Dion, Cirque du Soleil, and Line One, among others), she launched her album Aube in 2006 to great success. She then relocated to the island of her ancestors, Quisqueya (the island comprising Haïti and the Dominican Republic) and collaborated on multiple projects promoting Haitian culture in the Caribbean and Central America, notably with the Embassies of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Panama; the Canadian Embassy in the Dominican Republic; the Zile Foundation, ACNURR; and the European Union through the Haïti-Dominican Republic Binational Cooperation Program. After this extended sojourn full of learning and adventures, she shares both her experience and part of her new repertoire inspired by Haiti’s rasin style and traditional rhythms, Taino culture, and contemporary styles such as folk, rock and blues.