Kate Smith is an award-winning theatre creator and Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre. She trained as an actor and singer (Dalhousie University, 2006) and has performed on stages across the country. In 2021 Skeleton Key was one of 14 companies from across the country selected for the Grand Acts of Theatre presented by the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre (Deluge). In the same year it released Deluge as a studio album (available on all streaming platforms) and a visual album at the undercurrents festival. In 2018 Skeleton Key’s innovative immersive play Swan River was nominated for a Prix Rideau Award for Best New Creation and received two productions that year. It was recently adapted as a podcast for families: Swan River: The Podcast. Recent directing credits include: Me, Vivien Leigh and the Roller Rink by Lucy van Oldenbarneveld (2022 undercurrents festival, 2021 Ottawa StoryTellers’ Signature Series), Beowulf in Afghanistan by Laurie Fyffe (2021 Ottawa Fringe Festival, 2020 Ottawa Storytellers’ Signature Series), and GCTC/CCLA Lawyer Plays The Sting (2022), a double-feature radio play of The Case of the Careless Client/The Case of the Big Top Murders (2021), and War of Two Worlds (2019). Recent acting credits include: Maja in Blissful State of Surrender (GCTC/TACTICS), Callie in Deluge (Skeleton Key), Ashley in The Virgin Trial by Kate Hennig (GCTC), and Lady Capulet/Paris in Romeo + Juliet (A Company of Fools). Kate is currently pursuing her MFA in Directing at the University of Ottawa and is a freelance director and performer.