A Victoria theatre company already chastised for use of brownface in a production faces a human rights complaint from a woman rejected for a stage role allegedly because she is black.
Tenyjah Indra McKenna had contacted director Judy Treloar about auditioning for role in the play Les Belles-soeurs, a play about four sisters and their neighbours in a Montreal suburb in the Sixties. The play, put on by the Victoria Theatre Guild and Dramatic School, was to be performed in November 2017.
McKenna asserts when she told Treloar she was black, Treloar “said a black woman would not be a sister or neighbour in the play,” B.C. Human Rights Tribunal member Beverly Froese said in a Nov. 5 decision.