Louise Smith


Biography:

Louise Smith, M.A., M.S. Ed., LPC is an actor, writer, community arts activist, educator and therapist. She was the chair of the Antioch College Theater Department from 1994-2008. In that capacity she directed and produced numerous events and taught classes in acting, directing, ensemble theater, collaboration, solo performance, voice and speech and 20th century avant garde playwrights.

As an Antioch alumna (’77), Smith saw the mission of the Antioch Theater to be rooted in the Yellow Springs community and under her tenure, the theater was a cultural resource for numerous local arts organizations, the Yellow Springs Schools and the campus. Professionally, Smith is an award winning actress (Obie 2003, Bessie 1990). She has worked with Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, the Talking Band, Ann Bogart, Big Dance Theater, and Otrabanda. She was a member of Ping Chong and Company for eleven years, touring nationally and internationally. She has created and performed 12 solo works since 1984, and has received funding for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio and New York State Arts Councils.

Louise holds an I.M.A. from McGregor School of Antioch University in Playwriting and an M.S. Ed. In Community Counseling from University of Dayton. Her interests include solo performance, dialogical and community based art practices and the intersections between theater and therapy. She is passionate about theater as a transformative experience for both the audience and the performer.