Andrew W. Smith
Andrew W. Smith is a co-founding Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company. With Project Y, he has acted in The Religion Thing, The Crackwalker, LoveSick, or things that don’t happen. He directed the world premiere of Scapism, and led “The Word Series”, an experimental improvisation-based series of performances that used audience feedback to develop a full-length script.
As Treasurer and Director, Mr. Smith manages the day-to-day operations and financials of Project Y. For production work, he serves as producer, production manager, and tech director.
Mr. Smith currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Lisa Velten Smith and his two children, Murray and Alice, where he is an Assistant Professor of Acting in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.
Previously, Mr. Smith ran Artists Building Company, a fully licensed and insured home renovation company in New York City that used artists with varied artistic backgrounds– theatre, design, creative fiction, and canvas painting, as the building crew. He continues this line of work by building all the sets for Project Y.
Acting experience includes regional work: A MidSummer Night’s Dream (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), Three Musketeers and Imaginary Invalid (Seattle Repertory Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (Arena Stage), Fuddy Meers (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), Our Town (Roundhouse Theatre), Arcadia, Stanley, and Mad Forest (Potomac Theatre Project), Wikipedia Plays (Ars Nova), Beau Jest (What Exit?), Corpus Christi (Source Theatre), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Washington Shakespeare Company), Crack Between the Worlds (Studio Theatre), Miss Nelson is Missing! (BAPA Stage), and The Real Thing (Olney Center for the Arts). He has toured with The National Players on their 50th anniversary as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac. Film: Lucid, Shooting Script, Death of a Nation (Winner: Best Short, IndieFest 2011; Best in Show, Best Shorts Competition 2011), Under-Ground. TV: Law and Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Guiding Light. He received his BA from Middlebury College, Vermont, and his MFA in Acting from the University of California, San Diego.