Star Director Weyni Mengesha On Her Latest Project, Butcher

BYBLACKS.COM / Interview by Teneile Warren

When people go see a play, they are usually so mesmerized by the actors on stage that the people behind the scenes are often overlooked in the celebration of a play’s success.

But if you’ve seen a production directed by Weyni Mengesha, you quickly learn that it’s the director who breathes life into a playwright’s words.

A multi-award winning director and dramaturge, Mengesha launched her career directing one of the most successful plays in Canadian history, Trey Anthony’s ‘da kink in my hair’. Mengesha has only added to her stellar catalogue of work directing Ins Choi’s ‘Kim’s Convenience’, d’bi young’s ‘blood.claat’, Loraine Hansberry’s ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ and her most recent production, ‘Butcher’ by Nicolas Billion. The play is getting rave reviews including 4 stars from the Globe and Mail.