Trevor Barrette

theatre-maker and performer based in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal


Trevor Barrette (he/him) is a queer theatre-maker, performer, stage manager and teacher based in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal). Upon graduating from John Abbott College’s Professional Theatre Program in 2011, where he received the Pamela Montgomery Award and Carla Napier Scholarship, he founded the award-winning KaleidoscopeMTL. In 2014, he studied at the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, where he received the Robert Gill Award for Best Direction of Michael Marshall’s OND.

As an actor, he has had the privilege of performing with the National Arts Centre, Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Repercussion Theatre, Geordie Productions, Scapegoat Carnivale, MainLine Theatre, Persephone Productions and Talking Dog Productions as well as in workshops and readings for the National Theatre School, Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal, Teesri Duniya Theatre and Infinithéâtre.

He has directed all ten of KaleidoscopeMTL’s productions, including six of his own creations and the Fringe hits Captain Aurora, Captain Aurora II and Memento Mori. He has assistant directed the Segal Centre’s The Angel and The Sparrow (now known as Piaf/Dietrich) and Talisman Theatre’s Coma Unplugged, directed by Gordon Greenberg and Zachary Fraser respectively. He has also directed three You Be the Star fundraisers and the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theare's The Sages of Chelm for the Segal Centre.

His work has been presented at St-Ambroise’s Montreal Fringe Festival, Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival, Segal Centre’s Academy, Mainline Theatre's Encore Series, Playshed Theatre’s WRK’N’PRGRSS, CETM Inc’s Next Wave Festival and Freestanding Room’s Shortstanding Festival. In 2021, he was commissioned to write a short piece for A Brilliant Night, a fundraising event for the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital). He is currently developing a new musical about the life and legacy of Dr. Brenda Milner, the founder of neuropsychology, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

He has stage managed DWYT's The Sages of Chelm, Portico Ad-Hoc's The Exchange, PWM's workshop of Female Space Fantasy, CABAL Theatre’s immersive La Somnambule and trilingual Chattermarks, Kidoons/WYRD Production's workshop of Frankenstein and Harlot X/safeword's virtual workshop of WASP. He has had the pleasure of apprenticing on Segal Centre’s Children of God, Indecent and Mythic, and Centaur Theatre’s MOB.

He teaches regularly at the Segal Centre Academy and Geordie Theatre School and has taught workshops across Montreal through ELAN's Artists' Inspire program as well as at McGill University, Explorations Learning, Hope and Cope, Pointe-Claire Senior Services, Royal West Academy, Hebrew Academy, among others. He has choreographed for WISTA, Persephone Productions, JAC’s Professional Theatre Program and Theatre Workshop, Pegasus Performing Arts, John Rennie High School, Herzliah High School, St-George's High School and Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School for Girls.

Trevor has proudly served his community as President and Chair of the Montreal English Theatre Awards, Vice-President of the Quebec Drama Federation and as a member at large for WISTA and the Montreal Clowns Festival. He is a member of CAEA, ACTRA (apprentice) and PGC.