HOW STORIES SHAPED WEYNI MENGESHA

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Article by J. Kelly Nestruck

Weyni Mengesha, director of the upcoming Soulpepper play ‘Father Comes Home From the Wars’ sits in Toronto on July 20.
(Michelle Siu/The Globe and Mail)

HOW STORIES SHAPED WEYNI MENGESHA INTO THE THEATRE DIRECTOR SHE IS TODAY

Two stories from Weyni Mengesha’s upbringing help explain how she became the storyteller she is – a Canadian theatre director whose bridge-building philosophy has led to big box-office successes like ’da Kink in My Hair andKim’s Convenience, and an artist with unusual insight into plays about war and royal families.

Mengesha, who has an incredible track record of picking projects that connect with a wide audience, has used stories to bring different communities together. (The Globe and Mail/ for The Globe and Mail)

The recent Dora Mavor Moore Award-winner for outstanding direction tells these stories well – as simply and captivatingly as any of her theatre productions – one sunny day, relaxing on a couch in the Soulpepper office.

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