2015 Bikila Award Winner

Bikila Award congratulates Weyni Mengesha for being selected as the 2015 Bikila Professional Excellence Award winner for her outstanding achievement as a producer of acclaimed plays and visionary leadership inspiring a growing community of black artists in Toronto.

The 2015 Bikila Award Lifetime Achivement, Professional Excellence, Community Service Excellence and Academic Excellence Award Winners.

Director and dramaturge Weyni Mengesha is well known for her extraordinary accomplishments in Theatrical Arts including directing ‘da kink in my hair’ and composing its Dora-nominated score.

Da kink in my hair went on to make history as one of the most successful shows of the nineties selling out some of the largest houses in the country and being developed into a TV series.

In 2010 she made her Stratford Festival debut (North America’s largest classical repertory theatre) as one of the youngest directors to date. She followed that with two critically acclaimed productions in 2011 and 2012. Kims Convenience which broke box office records and won two Toronto Critic Awards, including best play, and The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs which won 2 Toronto Critics Awards including best direction.

    Weyni earned a spot among NOW magazine’s “Top Ten Toronto Theatre Artists” in both 2008 and 2012. Bikila Award congratulates Weyni Mengesha for being selected as the 2015 Bikila Professional Excellence Award winner for her outstanding achievement as a producer of acclaimed plays and visionary leadership inspiring a growing community of black artists in Toronto.

    The Bikila Award was created mainly to empower young people reach their highest potential and to celebrate their achievements.