Tracey Erin Smith is a "Tour de Force Theatre Artist" who works with people from all walks of life to help them tell their life stories on stage. She works with actors, comedians, bankers, lawyers, clergy, drag queens and everyone in between. Smith is an international artist, teacher and speaker who transforms the individuals and groups who work with her. Smith is also an award-winning performer and director.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
I first thought of myself as an artist when I graduated from Theatre school at 25 yrs old. I created a one woman show that had no words and was done in the style of a silent film. It was about a woman who lost her hand at the wrist in an automobile accident in 1927 and for the first time in history they were able to reattach it. But partway through the show she discovers that they have not given her her own hand, the hand she has now belongs to someone else and it is still connected to that persons brain. Physical comedy and horror ensue.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
My Mom. She’s the funniest truth teller I know.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
The Brothers Size at Soulpepper.
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
Any snack bar at a movie theatre, especially The Varsity.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
Outrageous, deep and hilarious truths from the humans who lived them.