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Editor , author , stage director and producer

Michael Townsend Smith, American Author, editor, stage director. Recipient creative arts citation in theatre Brandeis U., 1965; Obie award, 1971; Rockefeller Foundation award, 1976. Director Lobero Foundation, The Arts Fund of Santa Barbara.


Smith, Michael Townsend was born on October 5, 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Lewis Motter and Dorothy (Pew) Smith.


Student, Yale University, 1953-1955.


Theatre critic Village Voice, New York City, 1959-1968, 1971-1974, associate editor, 1962-1965. Curator, judge Obie awards for theatre, 1962-1968, 1971-1974. Playwright member Open Theatre, New York City, 1962-1966.

Manager Sundance Festival, Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania, 1966-1968. Director Theatre Genesis, New York City, 1971-1974. Arts editor Taos (New Mexico) News, 1977-1978.

Music critic New London (Connecticut) Day, 1982-1986. Instrument maker, administrator Zuckermann Harpsichords Inc., 1974-1977, 79-85. Director Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition, 1983-1985.

Assistant press secretary, speechwriter Mayor Edward I. Koch, New York City, 1986-1989. Manager 14th St. Stage Lighting, 1989-1990. Lighting director The Living Theatre, 1990-1993.

Music critic Santa Barbara (California) News-Press, 1992. Arts editor Santa Barbara Indiana, 1992-1994. Editor Santa Barbara Magazine, 1995-2000.

Artistic director Genesis West Theatre Company, Santa Barbara, since 1998.


Director Lobero Foundation, The Arts Fund of Santa Barbara.


Married Michele M. Hawley, 1974. Children: Julian Bach, Alfred St. John. Married Carol E. Storke, 1992.

Lewis Motter Smith

Dorothy (Pew) Smith

Carol E. Storke

Michele M. Hawley

Julian Bach Smith

Alfred St. John Smith