Daniel Leeman Smith (Co-Director/Producing Artistic Director): Daniel Leeman Smith is a director, actor, educator, and activist based in Oklahoma City. He was a member of the SITI Company's inaugural graduate conservatory in New York, where he studied with company members and Co-Artistic Directors, Anne Bogart, Ellen Lauren, and Leon Ingulsrud.
Smith most recently collaborated with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts, The Oklahoma City Ballet, and visual artist Summer Wheat (winner of the 2016 NADA Art Fair) to bring the immersive project Pry the Lid Off to life at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
Daniel is the founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Marshall Experimental Company, where he has produced and co-directed Elfriede Jelinek's play, Jackie, which integrated text, media, and movement. He served as the Assistant Stage Manager for the first workshop iteration of Francis Ford Coppola's experimental film, Distant Vision, which pioneered a technique Coppola has named Live Cinema. Smith has also served as a Production Stage Manager and Talent Manager for New York City Pride for the past two years, where he worked with legendary performers including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, Susan Sarandon, Laverne Cox, Tituss Burgess, Bianca Del Rio, and a host of others. He has appeared Off-Broadway with the SITI Conservatory in This Is How I Don't Know How To Dance (The Barrow Group Theatre), and lent his voice to This Is NotA Theatre Company's The Ferry Play, a site-specific smartphone play set on the Staten Island Ferry. The Ferry Play completed its run in the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. It was listed as one of The New York Times Top 10 Shows To Watch For, and received a write up in American Theatre Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
Smith is a frequent collaborator at the award winning Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, where his credits include: Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, Peter and the Starcatcher, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Greater Tuna, The Normal Heart, November, and The Glass Menagerie. Other Oklahoma City area theatre includes: Buried Child, Cabaret, and Measure for Measure (Oklahoma City Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol and Puss in Boots (Oklahoma Children's Theatre), Richard III, Titus Andronicus, and Everyman (Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Ghostlight Theatre Club), and The Hospice (Theatre Collective OKC).
A long time educator, Smith is currently the District Chair of Theatre and Dance for Putnam City Schools, the fifth largest school district in the state of Oklahoma, and serves as the Drama and Debate Director at Putnam City High School. He teaches workshops on the Suzuki method of actor training and the Viewpoints throughout the region, and is committed to providing professional theatre experiences to high school students. Smith is the 2014 recipient of the New York City Pride Award for his philanthropic and civil rights work with the acclaimed Heritage of Pride. He holds a BFA and MA from Oklahoma City University, and has completed post graduate studies at the SITI Conservatory in New York, New York. He is beginning training to become a certified Lincoln Center Teaching Artist. Smith is an Associate Member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the professional union of directors and choreographers.