Speakers

Ravi Jain (Toronto, Canada)

Artistic Director, Why Not Theatre

Ravi is a multi-award-winning actor, director, producer, educator, curator and Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre. His acting credits include the Dora Award-winning SPENT (Theatre Smith-Gilmour/Why Not Theatre/TheatreRUN) and A Brimful of Asha (Why Not Theatre/Tarragon).

In 2011 Ravi was a member of the DiverseCity Fellows program, which aims to diversify leadership across sectors in Toronto. Ravi is engaged in many different arts organizations and creations across the city and the globe, including the programming committee for the Daniels Spectrum as well as the Artist Advisory Committee for ArtReach Toronto. He was recently awarded the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award, is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company and is the inaugural Artistic Director-in- Residence at the Theatre Centre for 2013. Ravi is also on the roster of clowns for Cirque du Soleil.

Asha Jain
Creator and Performer, Why Not Theatre

Asha grew up in New Delhi, India. Upon completion of her Master’s Degree, she married in 1974, which led to her immigration to Canada. While supporting her husband Ramesh in the founding of his own business, she raised two boys, Anurag and Ravi. She is a wonderful mother, wife and now a very funny actor. She is excited to be sharing this story with the world, in order to finally prove her son wrong.

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