Interim Artistic Director & Executive Director


Interim Artistic Director

Shari has been with Theatre Calgary since 2007 as Literary Manager, Artistic Associate and, most recently, Associate Artistic Director. As a senior member of the artistic staff, she has had a leading role in Theatre Calgary’s programing and five-year artistic vision, as well as the expansion of education and outreach (interACTive) programs.

As curator of FUSE: The Enbridge New Play Development Program, she has overseen the creative development of seven new play premieres at Theatre Calgary: W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid, Skydive, Beyond Eden (co-production with Vancouver Playhouse), Lost – A Memoir, A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice (co-production with the National Arts Centre) and Liberation Days (co-production with Western Canada Theatre). She has also worked as production dramaturg for The Crucible, The Great Gatsby and Tosca Café, assistant director for Enron, co-adaptor and dramaturg for King Lear (co-production with Bard on the Beach) and Much Ado About Nothing, and adaptor of the Shakespeare by the Bow productions of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. Prior to joining Theatre Calgary, Shari was Resident Dramaturg at Alberta Playwrights’ Network where she also coordinated and edited the publication of Theatre 100. 

Over more than 25 years as a professional director, producer, dramaturg and actor, Shari has worked with a wide variety of companies including Bard on the Beach, Vertigo Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Stage West, Lunchbox Theatre, Forte Musical Theatre, Blacklist Theatre Project, Quest Theatre, Swallow-A-Bicycle, Shadow Productions and Dirty Laundry – Calgary’s improvised soap-opera. Most recently, Shari directed the premiere of Book Club at Lunchbox Theatre. She is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America and a graduate of the University of Calgary.



Executive Director

Colleen Smith joined Theatre Calgary in February of 2015 as Executive Director. Colleen was formerly the Director of Operations at The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, a position she held for six years.

Prior to her role with Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Colleen was the Managing Director with Factory Theatre (Toronto), Director of Finance and Education at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and the Program Manager for Learning Through the Arts® at the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has also been a board member with the Toronto Arts Council, Downtown Yonge BIA, and the Toronto Alliance of the Performing Arts.

"I feel firsthand the intense pride and passion Calgarians feel for this company and its work,  and am confident that support for Theatre Calgary and its ever expanding and inspiring vision will only grow stronger. As we approach TC's 50th anniversary, I look forward to working with the Board, and the community of artists, audiences, supporters, staff and crew, to make possible what we all imagine this wonderful company can be."