Detailed Information for Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith 
Theatre
 » Assistant Professor
Office Location
Fain Fine Arts Center B112
Office Hours

Monday:  1-5pm
Tuesday:  3-5pm
Wednesday1-5pm
Thursday:  3-5pm
Friday:  1-3pm

Appointment preferred.

 
Phone
Voice: (940) 397-4908
Fax: (940) 397-4909
 
 

Contact Information

brandon.smith@mwsu.edu

My Websites

Interests

Brandon Smith, instructor of theatre, holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He graduated from the Professional Actor Training Program at UNC and Playmaker's Repertory Theatre in 2005, and he has been a member of Actor's Equity since 2005.  At PRC, Mr. Smith performed opposite Tandy Cronyn and J.R. Horne in The Subject Was Roses, directed by Drew Barr.  Mr. Smith's other noteworthy performances at Playmakers included France in Royal Shakespeare Company director Mark Wing-Davie's production of King Lear and Dick Jarvits in the U.S. premiere of A Prayer for Owen Meany, directed by David Hammond.  In addition to his work at PRC, Mr. Smith has performed with such theatres as the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, the Dallas Shakespeare Theatre, and the Plano Repertory Theatre.  He has also performed in numerous commercials and voice-overs in New York City and North Texas.  In 2003, Mr. Smith was the motion-capture actor and did the voice-over work on the videogame "Unreal Tournament 2004," which was named Multiplayer Game of the Year by E3, IGN, Gampespy, and Computer Gaming World.  In 2006, Mr. Smith co-founded Flying Man Productions, a theatrical production company dedicated to fostering new work that educates and inspires.  His projects with Flying Man include authoring the plays Wright and Green.  Green was produced as part of the Water Tower Theatre's Out of the Loop Festival in Addison, Texas in 2008.  In 2009, Mr. Smith's play Bandersnatch was performed as a staged reading at Abilene Christian University as part of ACU's Summer Shakespeare Festival.  Also in 2009, Mr. Smith directed And the Rain Came to Mayfield as MSU's American College Theatre Festival entry.  The play advanced to the Region VI Festival, where it earned the Directors' Choice Award.  In 2010, Mr. Smith was invited to teach as a guest artist and director at Pacific Lutheran University's Summer Opera Program in Tacoma, Washington.  As a member of the Adjudicators' Organization of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, Mr. Smith regularly judges one-act play festivals sponsored by the Texas Universtiy Interscholastic League, and he teaches workshops at TETA conferences.

Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Summer I 2012 1233  301  Voice and Diction    Fain Fine Arts Center B114
Details Spring 2012 3393  201  Advanced Acting    Fain Fine Arts Center B117

Time:               Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00am-12:20pm

Details Spring 2012 2433  201  Theatre History II    Fain Fine Arts Center B120

Time:               MWF, 9:00am-9:50am

Details Spring 2012 1503  2H  Theatre Appreciation Honors    Fain Fine Arts Center B118

Time:               MWF, 11:00am-11:50am

Details Fall 2011 1403  101  Intro to Acting    Fain Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre

Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30am-10:50am

or

Monday/Wednesday 1:10pm-2:30pm

Details Fall 2011 1233  103  Voice and Diction    Fain Fine Arts Center B114

 

Time:                   MWF 10:00am-11:50am

Details Fall 2011 1233  104  Voice and Diction (Fine Arts Section)    Fain Fine Arts Center B120

 MWF 11:00am-11:50am 

Details Summer II 2011 THEA 4393-4493  101  British Theatre    ( All ) N/A

TBA

Details Summer I 2011 1233  301  Voice and Diction    Fain Fine Arts Center B-114

MTWR

12:20 pm-2:20 pm

Details Spring 2011 3393  201  Advanced Acting    Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre Mainstage-B117

Tuesday/Thursday-- 11am-12:20pm

Details Spring 2011 1233  202  Voice and Diction    Fain Fine Arts Center B114

MWF  9:00a-9:50a

Details Spring 2011 1233  203  Voice and Diction    Fain Fine Arts Center B120

MWF  10:00a-10:50a

Details Fall 2010 4233  101  Period Style and Movement    Fain Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater

T-TH 11-12:20

Details Fall 2010 1403  101  Introduction to Acting    Fain Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater

T-Th 9:30am-10:50am




Education Background

Institution Degree    Graduation Date
Univeristy of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Playmakers Repertory Professional Actor Training Program M.F.A. Dramatic Art  
Midwestern State University B.F.A. Theatre  



Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 UNC Chapel Hill  Teaching Assistant    
 Liberty Christian School  Theatre Arts Teacher    



Research and Publications

Directing:

Bandersnatch produced at Midwestern State University—Fall, 2011

Selected Opera Scenes at Pacific Lutheran University—Summer, 2011

Romeo and Juliet produced at Midwestern State University—Spring, 2011

All My Sons produced at Midwestern State University—Fall, 2010

Selected Opera Scenes at Pacific Lutheran University—Summer, 2010

Lobby Hero produced at Midwestern State University—Spring, 2010

…And the Rain Came to Mayfield produced at Midwestern Sate University—Fall, 2009

The Rivals produced at Midwestern State University—Fall, 2008

 

Playwriting:

Wright, a play about the race for flight, was  selected for a reading by the Texas Dramatists in 2007.

Green, a cloak and dagger play about cold-fusion was completed in 2008.   Green was first produced in 2009 at The Water Tower theatre, in Dallas.

Current Writing Projects:

Bandersnatch is inspired by the Lewis Carol poem "The Jabberwocky". It was first produced as a staged reading at Abilene Christian University in 2009 as part of their Summer Shakespeare Festival. 

The Depths,  a play inspired by the life and inventions of  the brilliant inventor and an anarchist, Narcis Monturiol Estarrio.  The play documents his fictional journey from savior to mass murderer.

 

Occulta Automatarium, is a play inspired by the events surround the most famous piece of automata of all time, The Turk.  It follows the fictional story of Von Kemplen's discovery and exploitation of a young genius, and the boys struggle to find a life outside the world of automata. 

Research:

UGROW Undergraduate Research Initiative at MSU developing unique mechanisms, puppets, and automata for the play, Bandersnatch

Mr. Smith continues to research automata, Lecoq Mask work, and  mechanical modes of storytelling.