Esie Mensah

Program Artist

A portrait of a Black person with dark box braided hair gathered into a bun. They are wearing a florescent orange shirt and large florescent orange earrings. Their right hand is raised to their face. They are looking onwards and upwards. A blue or UV light is cast over the image, creating a cooler tone.

Esie Mensah is an award winning choreographer, director, dancer, movement director, educator, and TEDx speaker. A member of the Canadian Guild of Stage Directors and Choreographers as well as a two-time Dora nominated artist who has worked with megastars like Rihanna, Drake, Janelle Monae, Nelly Furtado and Arcade Fire to historic brands like Holt Renfrew, Coca-Cola, TIFF, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Raptors, and more. In theatre Mensah has worked as a choreographer/movement director on Three Sisters (Soulpepper), Ransacking Troy (Stratford Festival), Russian Play, Victory, Farmers’ Revolt (Shaw Festival), Three Sisters (Soulpepper), and director on Serving Elizabeth (Theatre Aquarius). Original creations include Dora-nominated production Shades, and films A Revolution of Love and TESSEL. Last year, Robert Binet (Ballet) and Mensah (Afrofusion) were commissioned by Canada’s National Ballet School, to co-choreograph “The Call” for Assemblée International. She was the choreographer for Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha: A Musical Reimagining presented by TOLive, the Luminato Festival and Volcano Theatre. Mensah recently presented two new works; ‘ZAYO’ presented by National Ballet of Canada and Citadel et Compagnie’s Spring Mix and ‘The Audition’ on the third year students at Toronto Metropolitan University.


Curatorial Encounters 3

Join us for the third edition of Curatorial Encounters. Exhibition Curators Dominique Fontaine and Miguel A. López will be joined by Jenn Goodwin, Curator of Public Programs, and Mary Kim, Senior Manager of Learning & Mediation, who will discuss both exhibition and programming curatorial through lines and how they will manifest in TBA’s public and […]