"Tracey inspires her students to delve deeply, to trust their impulses and to share. This is not the easiest thing with some students who may have spent most of their lives living behind a mask."

About Us

Developed by Tracey Erin Smith at Toronto’s Ryerson University’s ACT II Studio, SoulOTheatre is an innovative, interactive program designed to help people create, write, direct and star – in their own One-Person Show by transforming raw material from their lives into creative personal story telling performances. Smith’s process turns personal experience into compelling and entertaining theatre, with no prior acting experience necessary.

Participants take part in writing and theatre exercises to explore their lives, gaining insight into their trials and triumphs, as well as the wisdom they have earned; and share a ten-minute performance with an audience of friends and family at the end of the course.

NOW Reader’s Choice

We are thrilled to announce that SOULO Theatre has won “Best Small Theatre” from the NOW Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards.

Thank you to everyone who voted, and to our entire SOULO family of performers, speakers and staff who make SOULO Theatre possible!

SOULO Documentary

The 2014 SOULO Theatre Festival was recorded by Toronto filmmaker Chris Mayhew who turned the highlights into this fifteen minute documentary.

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You’re An Artist.  You Have Value.  You Have A Story.  Here’s What Happens When You Combine The Two…

~*~ An Open Letter To Artists, For 15 years I’ve been helping people better communicate Who They Are, What They Do and Why Anybody Should Care? I’ve done this for companies like Walmart and every major bank in North America. This got me thinking… Artists need to know how to do this too. Here’s the simplest way I can explain it: You combine Your Story with Your Value to Others. I call it your Value Story. ~*~ A Value Story Contains 4 Things: 1. The work you’ve done that you...

NOW Best of Toronto 2014

SOULO Theatre has been nominated for Toronto’s Best Small Theatre Company by NOW! This means SO MUCH to us! SOULO Theatre runs purely on the passion of our people.   We are powered by devoted big-hearted folks who have taken a class or seen a show and wanted to be a part of what we do. If you have been touched by SOULO, it would be amazing if you could… Click this link, scroll down to SOULO Theatre and click on our name until you see this: Then hit...

What happens after life?

January 7, 2013 Welcome back to the “A Year to Live” experiment, living this year as if it were my last.   Today we ask the question… What comes after life?   “All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.” ―Walt Whitman In this, my fourth month of living as if it were my last year, I am asked to think about the end of life and what comes next? Steven Levine, the author of A Year to...

This experiment is changing my life.

December 25, 2012 This Experiment is changing my life. December 18th marked the three month anniversary of the beginning of my ‘A Year to Live’ experiment.  When I realized this I was like, woah, are you kidding me?!  A quarter of my last year is done?  I felt a little panic.  But there’s so much do!  I am doing this right?  What have I forgotten?  What are the chances I’ll be able to do and feel all that I want to before it’s over?  What if I need more...

My Creative Partner in Crime…

Hello Friends!   Welcome back to A Year to Live!  An experiment where you choose a date and start to live that year as if it were your last. I’d like to introduce my creative partner in crime.   The person who will be with me on this journey.  Her name is Elenna Mosoff.  She is a theatre director and creator of very cool interactive experiences for the public.  In addition to cheering me on, Elenna gives me great ideas on how to make this the most amazing, daring...

So You Think You Can Jump . . .

Nov. 8, 2012   Hello friends! First, I’m going to talk about you .   Thank you for joining me on this journey of living this year as if it were the last year of my life.  In my first last post I promised to share some exercises from the book I’m using for this experiment.  I know something about this experiment may feel kind of morbid or heavy, I totally get that and I have to tell you, since I started this in September I have never felt...

A Year to Live – it begins . . .

  Dear Friends, As I write this to you, it is 4:17 am in my hometown of Toronto, Canada.  I am in Tel Aviv, Israel.  It is an ancient yet modern city full of life, history and natural beauty. It is gorgeous.    A bit of back story. . . As some of you know, in 2010 my father chose to end his life.  He was not ill and it was a shock.  This fact relates to what I am doing here as I am certain he did not...

Your Actor’s Nightmare & How to Wake-Up!

THE SOLO ACTOR’S NIGHTMARE I knew it was going to happen 24 hours before it did.  I woke up in the middle of the night with such anxiety that I couldn’t sleep.  I didn’t know how to calm myself down…and I was thousands of miles from home. This is the story of getting my latest show up on it’s feet and living through your and my worst nightmare.   This past year I have been writing a new show.  It’s called snug harbor.  It is the most personal show I...

On The Road Again: What to Take!

Dear Solo Performer, This is a post about what to take on the road with you as a Solo Performer. The fool stepping off the cliff with her sack tied to a stick is a great image for solo performers heading out on the road.   You carry your dreams, your show and all kinds of other little tricks in your bag.  The key is to make sure you have everything you need for a kick-ass, fun and professional run on the road. ~ For almost 7 years I...

“How to Write a One-Person Show” * The Interview

HELLO FRIENDS! Today’s Post is to connect you to an informative interview that writer Lorna London did with me for her great blog “London Time”. In it you will find PRAC-TI-CAL (of or concerned with, the actual doing of something) and CREATIVE TIPS for writing & marketing YOUR SOLO SHOW. Click HERE for the link to the interview. A quote from the interview:  “Everyone has learned a little secret about life, and we need to hear the secret you have earned and learned.” TODAY’S HELPFUL HINTS: Some Questions to...