Meet the Creative Team


“Tracey Erin Smith has the art of entertainment refined to the point of hypnotism.”

-EYE magazine

Two-time winner: Best of Toronto Fringe  &  Audience Choice, Frigid Festival, New York City

 

Tracey Erin Smith ~ Playwright & Performer

Smith is the founder of SOULO Theatre and the Artistic Director of Toronto’s SOULO Theatre Festival in Canada and the Co-Founder of the Totnes Solo Theatre Festival in the UK.  She has performed her hit one- woman shows; The Burning Bush, Two in the Bush and snug harbor in Toronto, New York City, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax. The plays were Critic’s Pick in BackStage Magazine NYC, ‘Best of the Toronto Fringe Festival’ and have twice won the ‘Audience Choice Award’ in New York City’s Frigid Festival. She was a guest instructor for Israel’s Dream Doctors in Tel Aviv and an invited delegate to Canadian Stage’s Artist Educators Program in Toronto. Her story was featured on CBC Radio’s The Current in a documentary called; “Left Behind”. Smith is also a popular instructor at Ryerson University’s ACT II Studio and teaches internationally.   Read more… 

“Tracey Erin Smith is a tour-de-force Canadian theater artist.”~Lanie Zipoy, New York City, WORKS BY WOMEN www.soulo.ca

 

Anita La Selva ~ Director & Co-Creator

Anita is a My Theatre Award winning director and this is her fourth collaboration working as director/dramaturge with Tracey Erin Smith. Past shows include snug harbor (Santa Fe Solo Performance Festival & Toronto Fringe site specific production), The Burning Bush! (Young Centre for Performing Arts, NYC Frigid Festival, Vancouver Chutzpah Festival and The Festival of Jewish Theatre and Ideas in NYC), and Two In the Bush! (Toronto Fringe, NYC Frigid Festival).  Anita is a recent winner of a My Theatre Award for Best Director for her production of, Look Back in Anger.

Other recent directing credits include Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Story (SummerWorks), Shiksas Sit Shiva (Toronto Fringe) and MUD (SummmerWorks). Selected acting credits include The Brothers Karamazov (Wordsmyth Theatre), Madre (Aluna Theatre), The Melville Boys (Drayton), The Carpenter, Carmela’s Table (Centaur Theatre), The Perfect Pitch (Lighthouse Festival), Bye Bye Baby (Imago Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Kingston Symphony/Thousand Islands Playhouse) and The Oresteia (Theatre Kingston). She also spent 4 years as a Series Regular on the television series Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict (Gemini Nomination).

Anita holds an MFA in Directing from York University and is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

 

Payadora ~ Tango Ensamble

Founded in 2013 by Argentinian Bassist Alberto Munarriz, American Violinist Rebekah Wolkstein, Canadian Pianist Tom King and Serbian Accordionist Branko Džinović, Payadora performs their own arrangements of traditional and contemporary tango music by composers such as: De Caro, Pugliese, Troilo, Salgan, and Piazzolla, as well as new commissioned compositions.
Payadora has performed sold-out performances at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Jazz Bistro and the Lula Lounge. They have a monthly residency at Latinada in Toronto.

Christopher Sawchyn ~ Choreographer & Dancer

Christopher Sawchyn is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist; creating/touring with Physical/Comedy companies Corpus, Algoma Group, The Specials & Canadia dell’ Arte. Selected Stage: CanStage, Globe, Citadel, Factory & YPT. An accomplished director, writer & choreographer, he most recently created wrestling choreo for both “Hackerlove” (Buddies ) & the short film “Warden & McNicol” as part of the Alex Colville exhibit at the AGO this summer. Coming Up: “Coward in the Middle” for LabCab ’14.

 

Bruno C. Pin~ Dancer

Originally from Brazil, Bruno has come to Canada to broaden his artistic horizons. A recent graduate from the Toronto Film School, he is excited abound the addition of the acting for film and TV skills to his music theatre background and thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of artists in his first time performing in the Fringe!

Rochelle Rubinstein ~ Visual Artist

Rochelle Rubinstein is a Toronto-based printmaker, painter, fabric and book artist. In Toronto, she is represented by Loop Gallery, where her solo exhibitions are held regularly. In addition, her work has been exhibited in such diverse places as Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; Yeshiva University, New York; Print Triennial, Estonia; and McMaster Museum of Art, Royal Ontario Museum, and Chinese Cultural Centre, in Canada.  Rubinstein’s work can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; New York Public Library; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

 

Adam Barrett ~ Set Designer

A designer, performer, and administrator who works in a broad range of roles across the indie theatre spectrum. This spring he collaborated on the design for VideoCabaret’s sold out hit Trudeau and the FLQ. Previous design credits include Visitations at The Drake (set), and Breadwinner(set, Fringe 2010). For more information visit boyfriday.ca

 

Cristina Hernandez ~ Stage Manager

Cristina Hernandez made her start as part of the production team in Vanier College Productions and Theatre Glendon at York University. Since then, she continued as a stage manager for Safeword Theatre’s Donors and Curiosity Collectives’ Return to Beauty. Soul O Theatre’s Memento Mori will be her first Fringe show.

Sue Edworthy ~ Publicist

Sue Edworthy runs Sue Edworthy Arts Planning, a marketing and communications company for the arts. She is Co-Chair for Artsvote 2014, and  a Harold Award recipient. She received the 2012 and 2013 CharPR Prize for best PR, and was a Board Member for the Toronto Fringe for seven years. www.sueedworthy.ca

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