Annie Smith (BA, MA, PhD) is fascinated by the relationship the audience has to performance. She has many passions theatrical. One of those passions is directing plays by Canadian playwrights, particularly women. Canadian plays she has directed include Burning Vision by Marie Clements, Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock, "Sonny's Song" by Danni Richard, "Last Chance Leduc" by Katherine Koller, Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr, Harvest by Ken Cameron, Halo by Josh McDonald. A second passion is Indigenous theatre and performance and its importance in helping settler Canadians learn about the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples that are the foundation of Canada, past, present, and future.
Annie has been an adjudicator for Theatre BC's Playwriting Competition; the Alberta foundation for the Arts; the Alberta High School Drama Festival, NW Region; and for the BC Peace Region Zone Festival. She is a member of the Canadian Theatre Research Association and has published articles and book reviews in alt.theatre magazine, Theatre Research in Canada journal, and Canadian Theatre Review. After a number of years teaching post-secondary Drama in northern Alberta at Grande Prairie Regional College, she is happy to be sharing her passion for Canadian theatre with other lifelong learners at SFU.
- Canada Seen Through Our Playwrights: 1967 to 2017 (55+) PLUS173
- Indigenous Theatre in Canada: An Avenue for Reconciliation (55+) PLUS209
- Women Playwrights in Canada: Their Visions, Struggles and Legacies (55+) PLUS193