Rage.
Blood.
Love.

There’s a clue about our name in our logo if you can read Hindi: lal beti - red daughter. Red symbolizes  rage, blood and love; these three elements fuel women - forgotten women, shunned girls, outsiders daring to question patriarchal dominance while subverting beliefs that set up women and girls as accessories, impediments, or glorified servants.

Company Information

MISSION

Red Betty Theatre is the sole not-for-profit Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPOC) Theatre company in Hamilton, Ontario. 

 

RBT commissions and presents live performances created and written by IBPOC Women in order to contribute bold and relevant artistic voices to the Canadian theatrical landscape.

VISION

Our vision is to develop and produce work reflecting the diversity of contemporary Canadian culture. We believe in theatre that considers difficult, international, and cultural issues, and by providing space through our creative endeavours, providing IBPOC artists and communities a safe space to convene, share stories, and be entertained.

Our History

Red Betty Theatre (RBT) was formed in Hamilton in 2011 when founding Artistic Director and playwright Radha S. Menon realised that she was being excluded from professional opportunities due to institutionalized white supremacy. Radha formed RBT as a platform for her writing and soon thereafter began presenting her work to Hamilton audiences. As an artist-driven company without core operating funding, Red Betty Theatre has established itself against considerable financial odds as a leader in the Hamilton theatre scene. RBT has consistently presented provocative and critically acclaimed productions since its inception, carving out a space for diverse voices in Hamilton and Ontario.

In the winter of 2021, Red Betty Theatre welcomed Claire Burns as Artistic Producer of the company. Claire has been focused growing organizational capacity, expanding board membership, solidifying company policies, and developing a mentorship program for young IBPOC producers.

As Red Betty moves into its second decade and the next phase of its growth, we look ahead to fostering new playwrights with the annual Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival and collaborating with partners like the Hamilton Fringe and the Great Canadian Theatre Company to produce multi-disciplinary work for audiences in and outside of Hamilton.

Media Mentions

"The idea of decolonisation is just being able to claim space... to celebrate our own stories, our own ways of thinking, our own processes, our own specific forms of theatre... that don't particularly fit into Western aesthetics of what theatre is."
-Radha Menon in an interview with CBC News, 2020

Our Staff

RADHA MENON
FOUNDER / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

GIA NAHMENS

GENERAL MANAGER 

Funding for our staff has been generously provided by the Alfred & Joan Robertshaw Memorial Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation