Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith met at the School of Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France in 1978. Since 1980 Theatre Smith-Gilmour has created 33 shows,18 of which were original plays. They have toured across Canada several times and to 14 countries around the world. Their work has been nominated for 27 Dora Mavor Moore Awards (winning 9), as well as being nominated twice for the Chalmers’ Best Canadian Play Award. In 2010 they celebrated 30 years of creation.
In 2000-2001, their play, Chekhov’s shorts played a total of 22 sold-out weeks with rave reviews at the Factory Theatre in Toronto, throughout Ontario, the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, Workshop West in Edmonton, the Hong Kong Cultural Arts Centre, Eastern Front Theatre in Dartmouth, the Saidye Bronfman Arts Centre in Montreal and the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, Russian.
Part II of their Chekhov Cycle, Chekhov longs…In The Ravine enjoyed a virtually sold-out run at Toronto’s Factory theatre in February 2002 and was presented at Carrefour International Theatre Festival in Quebec City, The Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, the Festival des Ameriques in Montreal, the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse, the RCA/Artistic Fraud Theatre in ST. Johns, Newfoundland, the Chiang Kei Sheik International Theatre Festival in Taipei, Tiawan, the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre in Shanghai and the Chinese National Theatre in Beijing, China.
In 2007 Smith and Gilmour traveled to Shanghai, China to create and perform Lu Xun blossoms the first Sino-Canadian co-production in theatre. With three actors from the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre and three actors from Canada Lu Xun blossoms premiered in Shanghai and toured to Beijing, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Macau, China. It will have it’s Canadian premiere at the Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada from June 14 to 18, 2011.
In 2008, the world premiere of Katherine Mansfield was presented in Toronto, to great acclaim and revisited in 2009. In October 2009, Michelle and Dean partnered with Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain for the incredibly successful run of SPENT, garnering three Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominations and winning one for Best Performance by an Ensemble. Smith and Gilmour developed two plays inspired by the stories of the Brothers Grimm, GRIMM premiered at Humber College in 2008 and GRIMM too was presented in association with Factory Theatre in February 2010.