“provocative & gripping…Smith never wavers” (CBC )

 “superb…Smith directs with a razor sharp touch”  (Paula Citron)

 “explodes from the stage” (The Toronto Star)

 “Absorbing theatre rendered with exquisite care” (Classic FM) 

“Direct[ed] with invention and imagination” (CBC)

"An intriguing and enigmatic work.... director Autumn Smith has crafted an eerie, effecting work that uses verse and the fabulous ambience of the Bata Shoe Museum to heighten the production’s gothic energy" (My Entertainment World on Mrs. Mama's House)

Director Autumn Smith never wavers in making her accomplished cast charge on to the end. There are moments when the drive subsides creating moments that are achingly moving. It’s like a rollercoaster ride of emotions.  (Lynn Slotkin )

“first rate…under the sure-footed and deft direction of Autumn Smith” (Irish Connections Canada)

 NNNNN: “Complex, gut-wrenching, in-your-face” (NOW Magazine) 

Her work directing “Disco Pigs” and “New Electric Ballroom” both showed to me a deft and inquisitive directorial mind at work, and her developmental work with an adaptation of “Rake's Progress” is fascinating and complex. I have become a fan of her and her work ... and I am increasingly intrigued by her thinking and by the kind of projects she wants to move on to. (David Ferry - Actor and Director)

Autumn throbs with a love of the theatre and...is feisty and passionately intelligent. (Rosemary Dunsmore - Actor and Director)

It was an honour and privilege to work with Autumn. Words cannot express all I learned! To see how she took all of the ideas of the children and incorporated them into the play was mesmerizing. Autumn touched each of our hearts - she invited us in. (Carol Vale - partner teacher TDSB Creates)

Autumn radiates integrity both as a person and an artist and is one of my most valued and trusted mentors. (Beatrice Nusink - former student Canadian Children's Opera Company Youth Chorus)

Her amazing theatrical knowledge, her eye & ear for specificity combined with an easy going, kind manner, makes her, in my estimation, an outstanding artist educator.  (Ian Armstrong: Peel District School Board)

Autumn is a master at challenging and encouraging, leading her actors to places they didn't think possible. She  has been crucial to my journey as a young theatre artist.  (Patrick Fowler: BFA Conservatory Acting Class 2016: York University)

 I have never had a more encouraging and all around amazing theatre teacher. When I was with Autumn, she pushed all of us to our limits and really brought out some of what I feel is the best work I have ever done. She is one of the very few instructors that I have had that treats all students as a professional. It was an honour to be in her class. (Andrew Stewart: THEA 1010 student/York University)

I worked as Production Manager for Autumn’s thesis show, “Oh, What a Lovely War!” at York University and it was definitely one of the best experiences I have had working on a show in my undergrad. Autumn is incredibly supportive, not only as a Director, but as a mentor. Within the York Theatre Department we put an emphasis on learning from one another; and from the first day Autumn dived right into that mentality with us. She was incredibly supportive of the production students, coming to our weekly production meetings and doing regular visits to all of our departments to see how things were going and what she could do to assist with the process. Most importantly, she never let the pressures she had within the rehearsal hall or as a Director also writing her Master’s Thesis affect her daily interaction with her; always, making sure every night before she left to thank us for taking this journey with her. (Meghan Maguire : BFA Theatre Production/York University)

Autumn pushed us into a place that we didn't know we could go to with full confidence and support.  She allowed us to find her artistic vision with her, which was incredibly freeing, and a more than welcomed change. (Cameron Grant: Shaw Festival and U of T graduate)

Autumn emphasizes detail, delights in simplicity, and is drawn to the unconventional, and it is these three traits that make up her uniquely meticulous directing style. Autumn, in what ever she does, carries a drive to better herself from what came last and a want to instill that drive into those who work for, or with her—a rare quality. (Ben Stevenson: Actor - Laramie Project/StageDoor Manor, NY)

 


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