Ravi Jain

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Ravi Jain

As founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as a seasoned international producer and award-winning artist with collaborations with internationally acclaimed companies like the SITI Company and Complicite.  Acting/creation credits include: SPENT (Dora Award for Best Ensemble), A Brimful of Asha, (developed as Urjo Kareda artist in residence at Tarragon Theatre) and Gimme Shelter (Commissioned by the Toronto Pan Am Games cultural festival). Directing Credits include: The Prince Hamlet, I’m So Close (Spotlight Award, Summerworks 2008), A Lion in the Streets (National Theatre School), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper, nominated for 6 Dora Awards and won 2 including Outstanding Production), Nicolas Billon’s triptych Fault Lines (Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Islands, which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama in 2013), Like Mother, Like Daughter (Why Not Theatre, in partnership with Complicite, UK), We Are Proud to Present…(Theatre Centre), Salt-Water Moon (Factory Theatre, Dora Award for Outstanding Direction), The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Shaw Festival) and 39 Steps (Soulpepper). Consultant director for Sea Sick (Theatre Centre), BOOM! (Mirvish/WYRD), Much Ado About Nothing (Tarragon Theatre).

He is on the Artistic Advisory Boards for ArtReach Toronto and the Daniel’s Spectrum, and an alumnus of the DiverseCity Fellows program with Civic Action.  Ravi was the inaugural Artistic Director in Residence at The Theatre Centre, is a member of the Artistic Director’s Cabinet at Soulpepper Theatre Company and was selected to be on the roster of clowns for Cirque Du Soliel. He was awarded the Ken MacDougal Award for Emerging Director and most recently the Ontario Arts Council’s Pauline McGibbon Award as Emerging Director. Ravi is a graduate of the acclaimed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and has trained with notable artists including Anne Bogart and the SITI company, Arianne Mnouchkine and Theatre du Soleil as well as with various members of Complicite.