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Fresh Ink

Fresh Ink is an opportunity for artists and audiences to share new work, the life blood of the theatre. This series is a chance to discover what our theatre makers are up to, what they’re thinking and dreaming about. It’s a chance for adventurous audiences and artists to come together to share in the creative process.


“This event has been something I’ve wanted to do since I first arrived at Soulpepper. Emma and I wanted to find a way to give a space for Toronto theatre makers to experiment and take risks in front of a live audience. Theatre is thrilling when it is made in dialogue between artists and audiences. We hope that Fresh Ink will be fertile ground for the creation of great new work,” said Weyni Mengesha, Artistic Director.


Fresh Ink returns with two incredible multidisciplinary artists and educators who have both used hip hop, theatre, and sometimes a blend of both, to tell stories shared across North America. Join Idris Goodwin (And In This Corner Cassius Clay, How We Got On, and Hype Man: A Break Beat Play) and Motion (Oraltorio: A Theatrical Mixtape, Aneemah’s Spot, Nightmare Dream) as they read excerpts from their newest work.  

The event is co-hosted by Artistic Director of Soulpepper Weyni Mengesha, and special guest Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, incoming Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre Company.

Idris Goodwin and TYA/USA are offering 5 short plays, available as open source scripts to spark conversation & servce as a catalyst for action. Learn more.

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Fresh Ink is a part of Project imagiNation - a commissioning project of new work by Canadian Artists. Support to Project imagiNation is provided by a transformative gift from Kevin and Roger Garland and the Garland imagiNation Fund, and corporate partner BMO Financial Group.


Fresh Ink is a supported by the Playwrights Guild of Canada's PlayConnect program - a program connecting playwrights with communities and new audiences by providing an opportunity for travel funding, promotion, and professional development.