Facilitated by Weyni Mengesha
February 27 – March 3, 2018
Progress Lab 1422
Rumble Theatre is pleased to present the sixth installment of Directorsʼ Lab, a series of in-studio workshops, rehearsals, investigations, and roundtable discussions facilitated by a Master Director.
The Lab is a workshop for emerging directors who want to get rigorous with the foundations of their craft, unhindered by production and scenographic considerations. Using an established text as a working model, the Lab focuses on the director’s preparation process, early stages of rehearsal, and assessment and critique of the work. Over five days, participants will discuss principles of directing, examine and analyze a text, rehearse scenes with an ensemble of actors, and reflect on the processes.
Directors’ Lab is an integral component of Rumble’s Mentorship Program, designed to catalyze relationships between emerging and established artists and facilitate young artists’ transition to a professional career.
This yearʼs Lab will be facilitated by celebrated Canadian director Weyni Mengesha and will be held February 27 – March 3, 2018 at Progress Lab 1422 (PL1422) in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Master Director Weyni Mengesha
Weyni Mengesha started her career directing ’da Kink in my Hair, helping build it into an international sensation, and composing its Dora-nominated score. The show went on to make history, selling out some of the largest houses in the country. Some of her other directing credits include: Father Comes Home from the Wars by Suzan-Lori Parks (Soulpepper Theatre), which won Outstanding Production at the 2017 Dora Awards; Butcher by Nicolas Billion (Why Not Theatre), which won Best Direction at the 2016 Doras; Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun (Soulpepper), which received six Dora nominations in 2010; and, in 2011, Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi (Soulpepper), which broke box office records, won two Toronto Critic Awards (including best new play), and is now a hit CBC TV show. Weyni is also a committed mentor of new talent. She has been the co-director of the acclaimed AMY (Artists Mentoring Youth) Project, training young women in performance arts since 2005, and she continues to guest teach at acting training programs across the country, including The National Theatre School of Canada.
This year’s Directors’ Lab participants are:
Gavan Kaur Cheema
Kim Senklip Harvey
Directors’ Lab is made possible with support from:
The Youssef-Warren Foundation