Assistant Professor, Acting
Andrew W. Smith joined the School of Drama in the fall of 2014. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, he worked as a professional stage, film and television actor, and as the founding, Co-Artistic Director of Project Y Theatre Company in New York City.
Selected regional acting work includes Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, Potomac Theatre Project, Ars Nova, Studio Theatre and Olney Center for the Arts. He toured with The National Players on their 50th anniversary as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Filmwork includes Lucid, Shooting Script, Death of a Nation (Winner: Best Short, IndieFest 2011; Best in Show, Best Shorts Competition 2011) and Under-Ground. Television work includes Law and Order: Criminal Intent, One Life to Live, As the World Turns, and Guiding Light.
Project Y Theatre Company NYC, with which Smith serves as Co-Artistic Director, Treasurer and manager of day-to-day operations, develops new work through an incubation process focused on bringing new and emerging playwrights’ works to the stage. Project Y is committed to an 18-month gestational period for the plays it produces with a capacity to evolve a work through multiple iterations. With Project Y, he has overseen over 20 productions, and led the “Word Series,” an experimental, improvisation-based series of performances that used audience feedback to develop a full-length script. World and NY premieres produced by Project Y include FUBAR by Karl Gajdusek; The Revival by Samuel Brett Williams; LoveSick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN plays by Lia Romeo and songs by Tony Biancosino; A User’s Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff by Lee Blessing; and The Religion Thing by Renee Calarco.
Smith spent two years as a visiting assistant professor of theatre at Middlebury College in Vermont, from which he also received his BA in theatre. While there he taught acting to beginners as well as more advanced actors and directed two departmental productions including A Clockwork Orange in the spring of 2014 and a new plays festival entitled Undressing Cinderella. The festival was based upon the writer’s prompt: Write a new, short play using any character from the fairy tale Cinderella except Cinderella as the main focus of the play. Over 100 international submissions were boiled down to 14 new works, which were then developed and produced with a cast of 23 students.
Smith is a graduate of the MFA Acting program at the University of California, San Diego, from which he received the Teaching Excellence Award upon graduation.