Who is OFUR?

Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed (they/she)

Sophie is extremely honoured to work in the heart of Canada, and to have finished the honours acting program at the University of Winnipeg. There, she was the Vice President of the Student Association for Theatre and Film for two years. As a queer Yemeni/Settler mixed artist, Sophie is excited to continue to lift the stories that mean the most to her with her colleagues and best friends. Her experiences, both in and out of school, continue to reaffirm her commitment to using art to create connections. One of her biggest goals is to see the Winnipeg theatre scene transformed into a much more inclusive community. She recently underwent a seven-month mentorship under Ann Hodges (specializations in acting and directing), with Creative Manitoba. Selected credits include: he New Canadian Curling Club, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Bastard. (Staged Reading, FemFest); Love’s Labour’s Lost, Arcadia (The University of Winnipeg) Animosity (Winnipeg Fringe Festival), Assistant Director on Like Mother, Like Daughter (Why Not Theatre & Sarasvati’s FemFest).


PTE's Company in Residence 2020 - 2022

Out From Under the Rug (OFUR) PRESENTS

Bastard. started as a poem I didn’t write, but was written for me to speak out loud— one that I have since learned all the words to. In several ways, it’s a play about me.

It is about many other things as well. It's about longing, pain, a can of orange bubly, a big comfy couch, one person, several people. It’s inadvertently (but perhaps more importantly) about four friends, a bar with disgustingly low lighting, 2019, and desperation. Above all else, this play is about love and the way it transcends linear time— the way it fills space and leaks into cracks; scatters breadcrumbs between home and away, leaves nothing empty and everything unfinished. 

Bastard. is a love letter. 

This is a play about you.


August 9 - 15, 2022 at 7:30 pm

No performance on Thursday, August 11

ASL Interpretation provided on Friday, August 12

All performances take place in the Colin Jackson Studio Theatre


Out From Under The Rug Theatre Collective is a collection of emerging IBPOC artists of various cultural and artistic backgrounds, founded and based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

To create, develop and produce theatrical works by, for, and about people of colour.

Out From Under The Rug exists to platform the work and voices of IBPOC artists, ensuring a safe and accessible environment. Our current focus is to locally develop and present culturally specific theatre, providing the opportunity for Winnipeg’s under-represented communities to not only see themselves in our stories, but be actively engaged in the creation. Through community engagement, facilitated education, and presentation of IBPOC work, we are looking forward to growing into a sustainable organization that can provide a trusted space for IBPOC artists to present work that would often otherwise be swept under the rug.

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