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Ravi Jain

Ravi Jain is a playwright, actor, director and educator with considerable international experience.  He is the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.  Jain was the 2012-2013 Artist in Residence of the fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company. He is currently (as of August 2016) the Associate Artistic Director, Baillie Artistic Fellow, Resident Artist, Director and Actor with Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto.


A Brimful of Asha

Co-authored by Asha Jain.
Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2012.
PS8619 .A3685 B75 2012

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

In 2007 Ravi Jain had just completed school and was itching to get his feet wet in the theatre scene. With plans to begin his own company, Ravi has put off marriage for a few years, much to the disappointment of his mother, Asha, who was getting impatient with Ravi’s non-traditional approach to life. In this autobiographical story of the Jain family, Ravi recalls a trip to India with his parents in tow, where they ambushed him with a series of prospective wives at every turn. Conveyed through storytelling, A Brimful of Asha is a comedic and heartwarming tale of a family caught between two cultures.

Awards and Honours

Love Loss and Longing book cover

Anthology (Drama)

Love, Loss, and Longing: South Asian Canadian Plays

Jain, Asha, and Ravi Jain. “A Brimful of Asha.” In Love, Loss, and Longing: South Asian Canadian Plays, edited by Dalbir Singh. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2015, [215]-265.

PS8315.1 .L68 2015

Anthology (Drama, Monologue excerpt)

“Ravi Jain, Katrina Bugaj, Troels Hagen Findsen, and Nicolas Billon: I’m So Close–.” In Refractions: Solo, ed. Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Yvette Nolan. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2014, 105-107.
PS8309 .M6 R44 2014


Publisher Playwrights Canada Press

Profile by Anne Nothof in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia

fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company

Soulpepper Theatre Company