The Orion
Lecture Series in Fine Arts

asking Why Not?

Challenging Assumptions and Unlocking Possibilities

Zoom Lecture

Monday, March 8 at 12:30pm


Ravi Jain

Founding Artistic Director, Why Not Theatre

 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. Ravi was twice shortlisted for the 2016 and 2019 Siminovitch Prize, and won the 2012 Pauline McGibbon Award for Emerging Director and the 2016 Canada Council John Hirsch Prize for direction. 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.

Challenging assumptions and unlocking possibilities has been the hallmark of Ravi Jain’s artistic vision. In this talk Ravi will share how Why Not grew into a national institution through innovative art, community building and provoking systems change.

Free and open to the public  |  Capacity is limited to 500 Zoom connections 
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About the Orion Fund

Established through the generous gift of an anonymous donor, the Orion Fund in Fine Arts is designed to bring distinguished visitors from other parts of Canada—and the world—to the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Fine Arts, and to make their talents and achievements available to faculty, students, staff and the wider Greater Victoria community who might otherwise not be able to experience their work.

The Orion Fund also exists to encourage institutions outside Canada to invite regular faculty members from our Faculty of Fine Arts to be visiting  artists/scholars at their institutions; and to make it possible for Fine Arts faculty members to travel outside Canada to participate in the academic life of foreign institutions and establish connections and relationships with them in order to encourage and foster future exchanges.