Laurel Smith


Laurel is a theatre director, playwright, producer and performer with an MA in Drama from the University of Toronto's Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, an MBA in Arts and Media Administration from York University (Dean’s List), a degree in music and opera performance from Wilfrid Laurier University, and theatre training at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Drama Studio in London, England. Laurel has adjudicated for the ACT-CO Festival, the London One-Act Play Festival, the Mississauga Arts Awards, the EODL One-Act Play Festival, and the Meadowvale Music Theatre Awards. She has taught at Brock University, and facilitated many theatre training workshops. In 2008, Laurel was selected to be part of Shaw Festival as part of the Directors' Project.

Having led Burning Passions Theatre in Toronto since 1999, Laurel relocated to Perth, Ontario in 2010 to launch the Ottawa Valley's only professional theatre company, the Classic Theatre Festival, presenting the Classic hits of Broadway and the London stage:


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