Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art.
As a director, Ravi’s work has been critically acclaimed for its accessibility and politically bold perspective. Select credits include A Brimful of Asha, Nicolas Billon’s Fault Lines which won the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Soulpepper), Alanna Mitchell’s Sea Sick (co-directed with Franco Boni, Theatre Centre), Lisa Codrington’s The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God, Sarena Parmar’s The Orchard After Chekhov (Shaw Festival), We are Proud to Present…(Theatre Centre), Salt-Water Moon (Factory Theatre), Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre), and Like Mother Like Daughter (Complicite/Why Not Theatre). Currently he is working on a new adaptation of The Mahabharata with Why Not Theatre and the Shaw Festival and a new project with David Suzuki and his wife Tara Cullis.
Ravi was shortlisted for the 2016 Siminovitch Prize and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. He is a graduate of the two-year program at École Jacques Lecoq.