University of Calgary

Brian Smith

  • Professor Emeritus of Creative & Performing Arts

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


I research the practice of contemporary theatre performance through acting, directing, coaching and devising performance.  I am especially interested in the creativity of the actor, and I have particular expertise in the use of masks in actor training and performance.

In directing, I have focused on the reinterpretation of plays from the modern theatre for contemporary audiences.  The modern Russian theatre has been an area of particular interest.

Recent work includes:

Actor-- Bitter Medicine by Clem and Olivier Martini, Toronto Summerworks Festival, August, 2014

Mask Coach—Masks, Madness and Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Stratford Festival of Canada, August, 2014 


Director—Bloody Poetry by Howard Brenton, Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary, November, 2014 


I teach acting to advanced-level undergraduates.  In this work, process takes precedence over immediate result; we investigate how technique and the creative imagination support one another in the creation and interpretation of works for the theatre.

At the graduate level, I teach a course that investigates the creative and communicative practices of collaborating artists as they conceptualize theatre works together.


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