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A Message from Soulpepper:

If the global pandemic has spotlighted the best of our society, it has also glaringly exhibited the fault lines of injustice that are all too prevalent. Soulpepper is a community of diverse artists, audiences and staff. We stand in solidarity with the Black members of our community, the Black Lives Matter movement, and echo the calls for justice.

We join our peer cultural institutions around the globe in recognizing the role we play in telling vital stories that connect us all. Societal cultural change is necessary, and companies like ours must play a role in taking action in dismantling the systems of oppression. We commit to telling stories from and with Black,  and other marginalized communities – stories that make us mad, make us laugh, teach us empathy, and drive progressive change. We recommit to representation from these communities on our stages, in our auditoriums, and with our staff; to creating a welcoming, safe, and supportive space for all; and to invest in the future of the incredible Black artists that move and provoke us.

Reflections from our Artistic Director

This is why I believe so deeply in storytelling; we can create narratives that counteract the violent messaging that being Black means you are not valued or loved.”

Artistic Director, Weyni Mengesha, shares her personal experiences while reflecting on the necessary systemic change required to ignite justice within our organization and communities.

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Community Conversation: Staging Justice

Following Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha moderated a post-show conversation with those on the frontlines of Canada’s justice system, Anthony N. MorganAnnamaria EnenajorFaisal Mirza, and Emily Lam. This was recorded before the surge in the Black Lives Matter movement currently happening around the world, but we invite you to use your time to listen to the discussion, reflect, and take action on dismantling the systems of oppression that permeate our society and our community. 

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Soulpepper is Canada’s leading artist-driven theatre company. We believe that stories can connect us, that they are vital to our understanding, compassion and knowledge, and that they can motivate us toward social change. We are passionate, understanding, and inclusive, instilling the values of belonging, excellence, and innovation in all we do.