Weyni Mengesha is the Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and an award-winning director, known for her groundbreaking work and community engagement. Weyni directed two of the most popular English speaking shows to come out of Canada in the last two decades – da Kink in my Hair (Mirvish Productions) and Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper) both have gone on to break box office records, tour nationally and internationally, and both having been developed into television shows playing on CBC, Global, and Netflix. Other recent work has been seen in New York City and Pasadena, garnering a NAACP nomination for Best Direction; and she has been nominated for the Outstanding Direction Dora Award five times. She has been an instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and was Co-Artistic Director and teacher with The Artists Mentoring Youth Project for 7 years. In 2017, Weyni was one of the Women In View “Five in Focus”, and was recently named one of the 50 most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine.