Who We Are
Kate Smith is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre (2010-present). The project-based independent theatre company recently performed new works at Fresh Meat Festival (Burger King Lear), subDevision 2015 (Runaway), and was invited to present their site-specific piece The Curator at the 2014 In The Soil Festival in St. Catharine’s, ON after its successful premiere at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2013. With a background as a performer and theatre creator, Smith worked quickly to acquire the necessary administrative skills to oversee the small-scale independent theatre company. Smith is former Artistic Director of Salamander Theatre for Young Audiences (2012-2014) and now currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for The Acting Company. She most recently created and performed in the dark musical comedy HOOTENANNY! at Centaur Theatre’s Wildside Festival in Montréal where she played Annie, one-half of the famed Australian children’s entertaining duo, with company Smith & Somers.
Madeleine Boyes-Manseau is Co-Artistic Director of Skeleton Key Theatre. Her work brings together her interests in creating theatrical experiences for unconventional spaces by devising creative processes that are collaborative, interdisciplinary and engage the community in meaningful ways. Highlights as a creator include: a one-on-one tryst in a closet (7 minutes in Heaven); an experiment in the effect of human consciousness on molecular structures done by death bed (To Hell in a Handbasket); and a coming of age adventure told in a series of kitchen cupboards (It’s about our goldfish). In her capacity as a director, Madeleine has staged a live punk rock musical/mockumentary (The Tragicall Historie of Nick Wade (and other fuck ups)), an ambulatory inter-generational collaboration for non-decision makers in consolation with a team of designers aged 5 - 10 (Collabsible), as well as a satirical self-help seminar for the deeply miserable (Happiness™), for which she received a Prix Rideau Award nomination for Directing. Madeleine’s work has toured from coast to coast to great acclaim, including notable stops at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, the Wildside Festival, the rEvolver Festival, the undercurrents Festival and the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival. Most recently as a deviser of creative process, Madeleine gathered and facilitated a group of 150 Ottawans to tell their true stories of change as part of Trophy, a large-scale installation and performance experience created by STO Union as part of the National Arts Centre’s 2017 Canada Scene.