Araya Mengesha

Represented by Kish Iqbal
Height: 5’9”               Weight: 150 lbs           Hair: Black            Eyes: Brown       CAEA/ACTRA
 
 
 
THEATRE / STAGE:
 
 
War Horse
Bone
Mirvish Productions; Dir: Marianne Elliott
Another Africa
Office Worker
Volcano; Dirs: Ross Manson, Weyni Mengesha, Liesl Tommy
The Africa Trilogy
Benjamin
Volcano Theatre Company; Dir: Various
Rice Boy
Tommy (Lead)
Stratford Festival; Dir: Guillermo Verdecchia
Macbeth
Fleance
Stratford Festival; Dir: Des McAnuff
Julius Caesar
As Cast
Stratford Festival; Dir: James MacDonald
Mother Courage and Her Children
Swiss Cheese
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Richard Greenblatt
Metamorphoses
Vertumnus
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Jordan Pettle
Sophonisba
Syphax
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Peter Wylde
Epicoene
Truewit
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Peter Wylde
Clown 2007
Mums
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Leah Cherniak
My Sweet Charlie
Charles
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Marianne McIsaac
Line in the Sand
Saadiq
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Marianne McIsaac
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Flute
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Ian Watson
Don Juan Comes Back From The War
Don Juan
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Cynthia Ashperger
Orestes
Pylades
Ryerson Theatre School; Dir: Cynthia Ashperger
 
 
 
The Lion King (Toronto 2000)
Young Simba
Mirvish Prod.
 
FILM:
Cul de Sac
Michael (Lead)
Temple Street; Dir: Gebriel Deneke
Nurse.Fighter.Boy
Kandae (Supporting)
CFC/Ingrid Veninger; Dir: Charles Officer
10,000 Black Men Named George (TV)
Bobby (PP)
Butterick Road Prod; Dir: Robert Townsend
Convicted (TV)
William (PP)
Sagia Prod; Dir: Kevin Sullivan
 
 
 
TELEVISION:
 
 
Ruby Skye, PI
Zoffi (PP)
Story.2OH; Dir: Kelly Harms
Saving Hope
Dembele (PP)
ICF Films/E1; Dir: Ken Girotti
Degrassi DNG
Frat Guy (PP)
Epitome/Nickelodeon/Much; Dir: Farhad Mann
Nikita
Ben Prentice (PP)
CW/Warner Bros.; Dir: David Solomon
*Mystery Hunters (Series)
Host
Apartment II Prod./Discovery Kids
Soul Food
Mike/Andre (PP)
S.F.Films Inc./Showtime
Screech Owls (Two Episodes)
Larry (Guest Star)
Shaftsbury Films
Doc
Ryan (PP)
Pebblehut Productions
Real Kids / Real Adventures
Omar (PP)
Firecorp V Prod.
*2009 Gemini Award
 
Commercials available upon request
 
TRAINING:
Graduating Class of Ryerson Theatre School – 2009
rAiz’n Summer Workshop – 2006/2007
Acting: Marianne McIsaac, Cynthia Ashperger, Peter Wylde, John Boylan, ahdri zhina mandiela
Acting/Shakespeare: Ian Watson, David Collins
Clown: Leah Cherniak
Mask/Commedia dell’arte: Perry Schneiderman
Speech/Dialect: Irene Pauzer, Rhoma Spencer
Movement; Philippa Domville, Viv Moore
Singing/Music: J. Rigzin Tute, Allen Cole
Dance: Vicki St. Denys
Period Dance: Kelly Arnsby
Stage Combat: Steve Wilshire
Creative Performance: Sheldon Rosen
 
SPECIAL SKILLS / SPORTS :
Singing (Tenor), Accents, Basketball, Baseball, Pool, Track, Driver’s License (Full G Class), Takes Direction Well, Improvisation, Spoken Word