MAY 3 @ 9:00PM
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Ekaterina is a dark comedy that follows the story of Katya, a female brown bear, who was sentenced to life in a human prison in Russia. After fifteen years of incarceration, Kayta learns that she will soon be released. With the voice of her mother in her head, and memories flooding through her, Katya thinks of the life she did have, the life she could have had, and the life she will have after she is free.

Jake Deeth was born and raised in Sudbury and is a graduate of the George Brown Theatre School (2016). Working as an actor, designer, writer and poet, Jake resides in his hometown and is currently the Venue Manager and an Artistic Associate of YES Theatre.   

Chloé Thériault is a Sudbury-based multidisciplinary artist having performed on stages all over the country. Her bilingual endeavours have led her to explore and perform in television, stand-up comedy, clown, circus and theatre. In 2022, Chloé has completed a Canadian tour of Un. Deux. Trois., a production of the National Arts Centre of Canada, where she shared the stage with 36 Canadian performers.

After writing and performing a one woman show (Le Sac d’École) which she has performed all over the province and Vancouver (2015-2024) and co-publishing a first book (Les Contes Sudburois 2022), Chloé is now writing a new piece called Patenteuses!.

Past theatre credits include Jersey Boys & Matilda (YES Theatre), JACK (Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario) & ODE (Théâtre Rouge Écarlate). We can often hear Chloé’s humorous segments on CBC radio (Radio-Canada; À l’échelle humaine).

Born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Colton Gobbo began pursuing a career in acting with his first professional role at the age of 9 in YES Theatre’s production of HAIR, which led to his career in film and television. A graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and now residing in Toronto, he’s gone on to work steadily on a number of productions, including all three seasons of CBC’s Son of a Critch, both seasons of Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Titans, and Everything’s Going To Be Great (Jon Baird). In 2020, Colton co-starred alongside Naomi Watts in Phillip Noyce’s The Desperate Hour, which had its TIFF debut in 2021. At the end of 2023, he closed YES Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Colton is beyond thrilled to be taking part in his third PlaySmelter Festival, and looks forward to it every year.

ER, is a bilingual (french/english) freelance actor/artist, living in N’Swakamok (Sudbury, ON). As a performer based in Northern Ontario, he has collaborated with theatre communities in both English and French (Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, YES theatre, STC) on diverse productions (plays/musicals). Since 2020, their collaborations within the art communities has brought them closer to their creative self ; as well as given them the opportunity to meet and work with amazing, and caring people. They are very much looking forward to this year’s festival!