More About Smith, Annie
Annie Smith has been teaching at GPRC since 2007. She holds and BA in Theatre from the University of British Columbia, an MA in Drama from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Participatory Performance and Pedagogy from the University of British Columbia. Her theatre and research interests include: participatory performance, Aboriginal theatre and performance, multicultural performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, ensemble directing. She has published articles and book reviews in alt.theatre magazing, Canadian Theatre Review, and Theatre Research in Canada. She is a member of Theatre Alberta, Alberta Playwrights’ Network, Canadian Association for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education.
In 2013-14, Dr. Smith was on sabbatical to direct the GP Century Play: Chasing the Dream, for Grande Prairie’s 100th anniversary. This project followed the traditions of “community plays” developed in the UK and brought to Canada in the 1990’s. Chasing the Dream was a processional theatre event, outdoors in Muskoseepi Park, on multiple stages, held from June 12 to 15, 2014. The play, created by 2 local writers was based on over 200 interviews of Grande Prairie residents as well as historical research. There were 100 performers of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and wonderful collaborations with local artists and musicians.
GPRC Theatre Rising’s drama performances and productions include the Fall and Spring Drama Scenes and a mainstage production in March. Students have also performed at Christmas Concerts, the Festival of Trees, the GP Museum’s Lantern Tours and Winter Celebration. Flash mobs have been known to happen.
Theatre Rising Productions:
2008 Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr
2009 Burning Vision by Marie Clements
2010 Sonny’s Song by Danni Ghostkeeper – premier production
2011 Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock
2012 Step on a Crack by Suzan Zeder
2013 Halo by Josh MacDonald
2014 Last Chance LeDuc by Katherine Koller – premier production
Annie has directed the following for Grande Prairie Live Theatre (GPLT): Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf (Edward Albee), And Up They Flew (Martha Ross), Harvest ( Ken Cameron).
(photo: cast and crew from Halo, 2013)