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New York 2019 ISPA Congress - Weyni Mengesha
Weyni Mengesha

Weyni Mengesha

Artistic Director


Weyni Mengesha is the Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and an award-winning director and dramaturge. Mengesha started her career directing da Kink in my Hair across North America and in London. At Soulpepper, she has directed some of the company’s most successful productions, including: A Raisin in the Sun (2008); Father Comes Home from the Wars (2017) which won the Dora Award for Best Production; as well as Kim’s Convenience (2012), one of the most successful shows at the box office in the company’s history, which has since gone on to become a successful CBC television series. Other recent directorial work has been seen in New York City and Pasadena, garnering a NAACP nomination for Best Direction; and Why Not Theatre’s national touring production of Butcher, for which she won a Dora for best direction. She has been an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and Co-Artistic Director and teacher with The A.M.Y. Project for nine years, and is a 2017 Women In View “Five in Focus” director.

Session 6 | Creating Space: Thought Leadership
Thursday, January 10, 2019

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