Jean-Remy Monnay (Remy) is the founder and the Producing Artistic Director of the Black TheatreTroupe of Upstate NY (BTTUNY), founded in 2009, which mission is to promote performances and theatrical pieces by, and about, artists of color. In highlighting these works, they hope to foster greater understanding, appreciation and participation in the performing arts within communities of color.
Monnay was born in Haiti and raised in Ville Bonheur also known as Saut-D’Eau. From a young age Monnay was very active in theatre, performing Shakespeare and reading poetry on stage in French. In 1982, he moved to New York, where he found the English language barrier difficult as a stage performer. He joined a Haitian Theater Troupe and performed in French and Creole, traveling to Montreal and other French and Creole speaking communities.
In 1997, he moved to the Capital Region, taking a break from theatre. In 1999, he decided not to let language get in his way of becoming an English-speaking stage actor, enrolling in Schenectady Community College to study performing arts in English.
In late 1999, Monnay auditioned for the Hubbard Hall Theatre Company in Cambridge, NY, where he met Kevin McGuire, the resident Artistic Director. Kevin offered Monnay a part in his first major production at the theatre, “Saint Joan”.
From February of 2000 to the present time, Monnay has appeared in over 200 plays, films (including Grand Army–Episode 4 in Netflix), Follow Her, Time Crunch, commercials and a documentary for theHistory Channel. He has directed The Piano Lesson, TopDog/UnderDog, Hoodoo Love, Sweat, The Light,Flyin’ West, Yours For The Oppressed, Barbecue, Dead and Breathing, AIN’T Misbehavin’, A LessonBefore Dying, The Niceties, Mountaintop, Camp Logan, Fences, Eclipsed, Harriet Tubman Visits A Therapist, Medal Of Honor Rag, Slow Dance On The Killing Ground, Intimate Apparel, The Exonerated,American Dream,Wedding Band, Reunion in Bartersville, Meridian Mississippi, American Dream, and more.
Monnay is an Associate Artist for The Capital Rep Theatre in Albany, Associate Artist with The Troy Foundry Theatre in Troy, Visiting Director at UAlbany, Visiting Director at Union College, Visiting Director at Siena College. Monnay is a member of SAG/AFTRA and recently retired after 30 years of service with NYS in 2018.