Dainty Smith is a Toronto based Actor, Burlesque Performer, Playwright, Producer, and Speaker.
Dainty believes that through the art of storytelling and a willingness to be exposed that genuine human connections can be made. Her performances often tell deeply vulnerable stories regarding race, religion, sexuality and challenging social boundaries.
Dainty studied performing arts at George Brown College and is a powerful self taught storyteller, performer, and orator. She acted in the acclaimed theatre group Les Blues. She was a co-producer in the performance art collective Colour Me Dragg. her work includes, Allyson Mitchell's performance art piece Killjoy's kastle: A Lesbian Haunted House. Victoria Mata's multidisciplinary Callejon de Memoria: The Embodiment Of Memory. Assistant director for Shaunga tagore's play Letters To The Universe. katie Sly's play Serenity Wild.
She wrote and self produced a multidisciplinary play titled Daughters Of Lilith.
Her diverse array of stage performances include the Mayworks Festival, Rock. Paper. Sistahz, Caminos Festival for Aluna Theatre, The Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Artscape, and Daniels Spectrum Theatre.
She is the founder of Les Femme Fatales: Women of Colour burlesque troupe, the first burlesque troupe for women of colour in Canada.
In addition to producing and acting, Dainty is also an accomplished and engaging Emcee and an accomplished Speaker. Her speaking engagements have included workshops with women and youth on themes of empowerment, glamour, beauty, self love and self care as revolutionary acts. She has taught workshops at Ryerson University, University of Ottawa, and York University on radical body positivity, survival and thriving.