Marisa Emma Smith

Marisa is a director, actor and artistic producer of Alley Theatre. She was the resident producer at Neworld Theatre 2012-14, Artistic Producer at Solo Collective in 2014/15 and Artist in Residence at Vancouver Moving Theatre in 2017-18. Recent directing credits include The Ridiculous Darkness (codirected with Nyla Carpentier), Three Stories Up, O’Wet Lost Lagoon, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Small Parts and numerous staged readings and short works. Her productions have been nominated three times for the “Critics Choice Award for Innovation”, and Alley Theatre productions have been nominated for eleven Jessie Awards, winning two. Marisa has also received a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Performance; in Little One, which toured to New York and Montreal. Favourite acting credits have included Problem Child, Risk Everything, and Tape (Jessie nomination “Outstanding Production”), Kayak (Firehall), Burning In (Gateway Theatre), The Shoes (Belfry), Carnage (Pi Theatre), and Confessions. Marisa is the recipient of the Joanna Maratta Award “displaying the most potential to contribute to the Vancouver theatre community”.