Kate Smith is the Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre, an Ottawa-based company that creates immersive theatrical experiences. Smith originally trained as an actor and singer (Dalhousie University) and has performed on stages across the country for over 15 years. She is also an award-winning theatre creator, taking home multiple awards for Smith & Somers’ dark musical comedy HOOTENANNY!, which toured across Canada in 2017.
Her work with Skeleton Key has been presented at the Shenkman Arts Centre, the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the In The Soil Festival, the undercurrents festival, the Fresh Meat Festival, and all iterations of site-specific theatrical event subDevision.
In 2017, the company was awarded a New Chapter grant through the Canada Council for the Arts for its innovative outdoor multidisciplinary ambulatory piece Swan River, and the show was later nominated for a Prix Rideau Award for Best New Creation. Smith also serves as Artistic Manager of the Ottawa StoryTellers. She is a Member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.