Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Tracey Erin Smith

Tracey Erin Smith is an internationally recognized transformational leader and creator. She is the founder and driver of SOULO Theatre, originating in Toronto, with workshops in New York City, Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Vancouver and the UK. A proud Canadian, Tracey is an award-winning teacher, solo performer, theatre director and thought leader employing personal stories for transformation.

Tracey’s work has been seen Off-Broadway and on several stages the world over where she has been awarded Best of The Fringe (Toronto and NYC), Broadway World Award (NYC), the Audience Choice Award (NYC) and most recently The INSPIRE Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is the host and creator of the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary series DRAG HEALS (OUTtv, Amazon Prime, Apple TV).

Tracey is also a two time Diamond First Place Award Winner for Best Theatre Instructor (The Toronto Star). She has helped create hundreds of solo shows that have been performed on stages around the world. In the spring of 2020 Tracey and her partner embarked on a life changing adventure and purchased a gorgeous off-grid hunting and fishing lodge in Southwest Nova Scotia that hosts SOULO and creative retreats. Along with learning many new things about survival in the woods Tracey is also hard at work on her first book on The SOULO Process due out in the fall 2024.