Polina Smith is excited to join the Bioneers team as this year’s artist liaison. Polina is the founder of Crescent Moon Theater Productions, a company dedicated to creating new works across the disciplines of theater, dance, music, and circus. CMTP’s debut performance, In My Mother’s Name, won the 2014 Best of Fringe Award and Polima most recently produced Blessed Unrest: a three day arts and social justice festival at CounterPulse Theater. Polina is currently working on directing La Alquimista: A Circus-Theater Fable, an immersive circus-theater show that will premier inside of San Francisco’s St. Gregory’s Church in the fall. Polina has a long-standing passion for the intersection of art and social justice and is the recent recipient of the Tanette Goldberg Memorial Award for her work in the field. She received her BFA in Theater for Social Change from Concordia University in 2008 and has since worked with The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women under the mentorship of Rhodessa Jones.