Vanessa Smythe is a professional performer, dance teacher, and arts educator from Toronto. She has collaborated with the likes of Woody Harrelson and Julianne Moore, and her original work has played to critical and popular embrace in Toronto, New York, and the UK. A resident artist with All For One Theater Company in New York, Vanessa’s credits include a recurring role on Designated Survivor (NBC/CTV), as well as appearances on Saving Hope (CBC) and Warehouse 13 (SyFy). Most recently in Domesticated (Canadian Stage/Company Theatre), she has enjoyed meaningful collaborations as performer and choreographer with Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, Outside the March, Children at Play, fu-GEN Theatre, Young Peoples’ Theatre, Talk is Free, Rare Theatre Company, All For One Theatre, Howland Theatre Company, and Hopscotch on the Rocks.
Teaching has always held a special place in her heart. Vanessa traveled across the country as a youth ambassador when she was 16, and has since continued to offer shows and workshops all over Canada. Ever since training competitively at All That Dance and earning numerous awards and distinctions, she has loved teaching dance and theatre. The recipient of the Jackson-Tovell Multidisciplinary Arts Award, Vanesa is a Registered Learning Facilitator with the CYA, and in addition to teaching at Rhythm and guest-teaching at studios all over the city, she works as an arts educator at schools all over Canada. Through teaching, she loves empowering her students to explore and celebrate their own unique gifts and creativity.