Award-winning Canadian director Weyni Mengesha was profiled by This Stage magazine, a program of LA Stage Alliance. Her Los Angeles directorial debut is "Bars and Measures" opening at the Boston Court in Pasadena, CA on September 24th.
What energizes you as an artist?
Collaboration. As a director, I get a front row seat to the journey of an actor creating a character… it is incredible. Writers, reading their poetry. Music — whether in the rhythm of the text I am directing or in the music I play while prepping/researching shows. Music is big part of my process.
What’s been inspiring you lately?
People. I really didn’t know anyone in the LA theatre scene when I got this job at Boston Court last year. Based on my work and aesthetic, the artistic directors suggested designers and actors to meet with. I ended up with a great team that have been amazing to jam with. I really enjoyed dreaming up this world with them.