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Louise Smith

Associate Professor of Performance


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112D Arts and Science Building



Louise Smith is an actor-writer and teacher whose solo work has been presented nationally and internationally. She has collaborated and appeared in works by Pink Chong since 1980; has been a member of Otrabanda Company since 1977; has appeared in New York in works by Julie Taymor, Anne Bogart, Liz Swados, Meredith Monk and The Talking Band. She played the lead role in Lizzie Borden's Working Girls. Her regional theater credits include Milwaukee Rep, Portland State, Seattle Group Theatre, Trinity Rep, and Manhattan Theater Club.

Smith won an Obie Award in 2003 for her work in A Painted Snake in a Painted Chair and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 1988 for Best Female Lead in the film Working Girls. She received a 1990 Bessie Award for her work in Ping Chong's Brightness, and grants for her own work from NYSCA, Franklin Furnace, and Art Matters. She was a 1992 Jerome Fellow playwright-in-residence at Minneapolis Playwright's Center and is a 1995 recipient of a NEA collaborative artists fellowship with Ping Chong. She has taught in workshops and residences at Lafayette Carleton, Montclair State College, and NYU Experimental Theatre Wing. Her work, Interfacing Joan, premiered at La Mama in 1996 and toured to Internacional Festival de Teatro in El Salvador.


  • M.S.Ed., Community Counseling (with Licensure), University of Dayton

  • I.M.A., Playwriting, Antioch University

  • B.A., Theater, Antioch College


  • PERF 103: Voice and Speech

  • PERF 250: Rehearsal and Production