Weyni Mengesha

Represented by: Kish Iqbal


DGC Award Best Short Film Georgeena 2021 (Nomination)
Drama League Award Outstanding

Digital Theatre Production

Duchess! Duchess! Duchess! 2021 (Nomination)
Dora Award Outstanding Direction A Streetcar Named Desire 2019 (Nomination)
Dora Award Outstanding Production A Streetcar Named Desire 2019 (Nomination)
DGC Award Best Short Film With Me 2019 (Nomination)
NAACP Theatre Award Best Direction Bars and Measures 2016 (Nomination)
Dora Award Best Production Father Comes Home from the Wars 2016 (Won)
Dora Award Best Direction Father Comes Home from the Wars 2016 (Nomination)
Dora Award Best Direction Butcher 2016 (Won)
Calgary Critics Award Best Direction Butcher 2014 (Nomination)
Toronto Critics Award Best Production Lungs 2014 (Won)
Dora Award Best Direction Lungs 2014 (Nomination)
Toronto Critics Award Best Direction Stairs 2012 (Won)
Dora Award Best Direction Blood.claat 2010 (Nomination)
Dora Award Best Direction A Raisin in the Sun 2008, 2010 (Nomination)
Dora Award Best New Play Blood.claat 2003-2010 (Won) (dramaturge)
Dora Award Best Direction Blood claat 2003-2010 (Nomination)
Dora Award Best Original Composition ‘da Kink in my Hair 2001-2005, 2010 (Nomination)
Finalist of the 2009 Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts
Recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist of the Year Award (Presented by Mayor Miller)
African Canadian Woman’s Achievement Award 2008 (Won)
Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts (Won)
AronImage Award for Community Leadership                                                                 

Harold Award for Artistic Excellence (Nominated by Djanet Sears)



The Guide to Being Fabulous Director (2023) Soulpepper Theatre
Treemonisha (Upcoming) Director (2023) Volcano Theatre
Billie, Sarah and Ella: Revolutionary Women In Jazz Director (2023) Soulpepper Theatre
Da Kink in My Hair Director (2022) Soulpepper Theatre
Queen Goneril Director (2022) Soulpepper Theatre
Pipeline Director (2022) Soulpepper Theatre
Power of Sail Director (2022) Geffen Playhouse
Jesus Hopped The A-Train Director (2020) Soulpepper Theatre
A Streetcar Named Desire Director (2019) Soulpepper Theatre
Soulpepper Theatre Company

Treemonisha: A Ragtime Opera

Artistic Director

Director (2019)

From January 2019 to present

Volcano Theatre

Kim’s Convenience (remount) Director (2017) 42nd Street Theatre (NYC)
Seven Spots on the Sun Director (2017) Rattlestick Theatre (NYC)
Butcher Director (2017) Why Not/Mirvish Theatre
Bars and Measures Director (2016) Boston Court (Pasadena, CA)
Father Comes Home from the Wars Director (2016) Soulpepper Theatre
Breath of Kings, Part I and II Director (2016) Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Butcher­ Director (2016) Why Not Theatre Centre
Kim’s Convenience (remount) Director (2015) Soulpepper Theatre
Butcher Director (2014) Alberta Theatre Projects
Lungs Director (2014) Tarragon Theatre
Kim’s Convenience (premiere) Director (2012) Soulpepper Theatre
The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs Director (2012) Tarragon Theatre
Another Africa Director (2011) Volcano Theatre
Hosanna Director (2011) Stratford Shakespeare Festival
Blood.claat Director (2010) Great Canadian Theatre Company
Yellowman Director (2009) Nightwood Theatre/Obsidian Theatre Company
A Raisin in the Sun Director (2008, 2010) Soulpepper Theatre Company/Theatre Calgary
The Taxi Project Director/Dramaturge (2007-2008) PEN Canada
BliNK Director (2008) Soulpepper Theatre Company/Luminato
Blood.claat Director/Dramaturge (2003-2010) Theatre Passe Muraille/NY Hip Hop Theatre Festival
’da kink in my hair Director/Dramaturge (2001-2005, 2010) Theatre Passe Muraille/Mirvish Ent./Hackney Theatre
Associate Artistic Director New Play Development Theatre Passe Muraille (2004-2006)
Duchess, Duchess, Duchess (short) Director Steppenwolf Theatre
Pretty Hard Cases Director CBC
21 Black Futures: Georgeena Director CBC Gem
Kim’s Convenience Director (1 Episode) CBC/Eone/Thunderbird/Strada
With You (Short) Director Try Fool Films Inc.
Dino Dana Director (1 Episode) Sinking Ship Entertainment
Hero.Traitor.Patriot (short) Co-Director/Editor Magic Hour Productions
LA’d (series) Director (2 eps) Red Tent Entertainment
Lord Have Mercy (series) Assistant Director (12 eps) Vision Television
Lord Have Mercy (series) Floor Director (2 eps) Vision Television
Soulpepper Academy (2021)

Canadian Film Centre, Directing (2020)

Rumble Theatre National Directors Lab (masterclass teacher) (2018)
The A.M.Y Project- Co-Artistic Director/Teacher (2004-2013)

Sound The Horn- Creative Director/Teacher (2004-2012)

National Theatre School of Canada—Scene Study
Graduate of York University’s Theatre Directing Program 1997-2001
Soulpepper’s Academy 2006-2008

Demo Reel

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