» Assistant Professor
InterestsBrandon 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.
|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||
|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||
|Details||Summer II 2011||THEA 4393-4493||101||British Theatre||( All ) N/A||
|Details||Summer I 2011||1233||301||Voice and Diction||Fain Fine Arts Center B-114||
12:20 pm-2:20 pm
|Details||Spring 2011||3393||201||Advanced Acting||Fain Fine Arts Center Theatre Mainstage-B117||
|Details||Spring 2011||1233||202||Voice and Diction||Fain Fine Arts Center B114||
|Details||Spring 2011||1233||203||Voice and Diction||Fain Fine Arts Center B120||
|Details||Fall 2010||4233||101||Period Style and Movement||Fain Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater||
|Details||Fall 2010||1403||101||Introduction to Acting||Fain Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theater||
|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|
|Institution||Position||Start Date /||End Date|
|UNC Chapel Hill||Teaching Assistant|
|Liberty Christian School||Theatre Arts Teacher|
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
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.
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.