Trevor Barrette

queer theatremaker, performer and stage manager based in Montreal

about me

Trevor Barrette (he/him) is a queer theatremaker, director, writer/composer, performer, and stage manager of French-settler ancestry based in Montreal (Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang). Upon graduating from Montreal's John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre program in 2011, Trevor founded KaleidoscopeMTL, an award-winning company, directing 10 productions, including four original musicals and a site-specific play, "Memento Mori." His superhero musicals, "Captain Aurora" and its sequel, "Captain Aurora II: A New Dawn," performed to sold-out houses at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Since 2015, Trevor's work has graced stages at Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators’ Unit's Showcase, Segal Centre’s Academy, CETM Inc.'s Next Wave Festival, Playshed Theatre’s WRK’N’PRGRSS, Freestanding Room’s Shortstanding Festival, and MainLine Theatre’s Fringe Encore Series. He recently presented a workshop of his queer musical "One Day" at the Segal Centre, co-produced by Playwrights' Workshop Montreal. "One Day", now titled "Max and Aaron Write a Musical", will be presented by the Segal Centre in June 2025.

In 2022, he directed and choreographed "The Sages of Chelm" for the Segal Centre's Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre and he is currently directing their production of the Yiddish-premiere of Alix Sobler's "The Great Divide". Trevor has also served as an assistant director for various productions, including, "The Angel and the Sparrow" at the Segal Centre, "Coma Unplugged" for Talisman Theatre and last year's Stratford Festival production of "Les Belles Soeurs".

As a performer, Trevor has appeared with esteemed companies such as the National Arts Centre, the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Repercussion Theatre and Scapegoat Carnivale. His stage management credits include collaborations with the Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Scapegoat Carnivale, CABAL Theatre, and Troisième espace théâtre. Additionally, he is a dedicated educator at the Segal Centre Academy and Geordie Theatre School, having conducted workshops at various institutions in the Greater Montreal area.

Trevor has contributed significantly to the Montreal theatre community, having served as president of the Montreal English Theatre Awards Committee and vice president of the Quebec Drama Federation. He is an alumnus of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators’ Unit and is currently developing two new works: "Erwin's Many Worlds," conceived at Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s national Digital Dramaturgy Initiative in 2021, and "A Curious Life," a new musical supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec.

artist statement

As a multidisciplinary artist, I approach the search for a project’s fundamental question or undeniable human truth from a holistic space. As a director, I am a curator of moments. 

I seek projects that toy with our sense of time, space and causality, inhabited by characters whose dreams, memories, expectations and destinies are in tightly woven conflict. I am fascinated by the inherently metatheatrical energy of an ensemble and its ability to offer a refractive interpretation of a project's theme. My research-centred and text-based approach engenders comprehensive world-building, providing a vibrant playground for performers to explore and master. I favour worlds that engage with a myriad of historical and cultural contexts, realities, narratives and dramatic styles. I love the play that can be found in the grey matter between worlds! 

I am committed to providing a safer creative space for my collaborators. I endeavour to promote an environment where individuals are invited to bring their authentic selves, accessibility needs, varied identities and lived experiences, to the room without prejudice. I encourage a compassionate, sustainable and challenging practice that is sacred, but not precious.

My joy-forward projects promise kaleidoscopic vision, dynamic timescapes, ensemble casting and a resourceful production design, immersing the audience in novel and exciting universes where intimate and sublime transformations can occur, cultivating in each patron a childlike sense of wonder, curiosity and possibility.