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KEVIN V. SMITH (Volodya) is a queer feminist theatre artist, and the former Associate Artistic Director of Theatre Y. His directing credits include Medea, The Misunderstanding, Exiles, and The Ash Girls… at Theatre Y, and Love Child at The Inconvenience. He is a two-time Non-Equity Jeff Award Nominated actor, for Red Theatre’s Taste (Best Actor in a Play, 2017) and Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s Our Bad Magnet (Best Supporting Actor in a Play, 2009). He was named Chicago Stage Review’s Best Actor of the Year in 2011 for his performance in Theatre Y’s Vincent River. Off-Broadway acting credits include The Maids (EgoPo/Cocteau). Regional credits include Spring Awakening (EgoPo). Other Chicago acting credits include roles at Goodman Theatre, Oracle Theatre, The Gift Theatre Co., Sanculottes Theatre Co., Dog and Pony Theatre, The Plagiarists, Tooth and Nail Ensemble, and Lake Como in Rome, among others. He has trained extensively in Viewpoints and Grotowski techniques.

TUTA is partially supported by Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, The Light A City Fund, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, City Arts I and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.