Vanessa Smythe is a Canadian actor and writer, perhaps best known for playing Michio in The Expanse. When she's not in space, she can be seen on Hudson & Rex, Mrs. America, Designated Survivor, and Murdoch Mysteries. Her original live show, In Case We Disappear, has played to sold-out houses internationally, and was named one of the best free shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Ever the dreamer, Vanessa is one of the creators of the Nostalgic 90s Video Store Experience, The Tape Escape - “Outside the March’s latest site-specific marvel” – (NOW). She is also a poet, recently collaborating with Olympic Gold Medalist Simon Whitfield on a poem for The Canadian Sport Awards. Vanessa has worked with CanStage, Soulpepper, Company Theatre, Crow’s, Starvox, fu-GEN, Howland, and YPT. In her free time, she offers writing workshops for people of all ages. But you're most likely to catch her shouldering her nephews, or writing a long-winded birthday message for someone she loves.