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playwright , theater arts educator

Tom Smith, American playwright, theater arts educator. Recipient various playwriting awards.


Smith, Tom was born on May 17, 1969 in Rochelle, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor in Theater Arts, Whitman College, 1991. Master of Fine Arts in Directing and Acting, University Missouri, 1994.


Originally trained as an improvisational comedian, Smith founded Walla Walla TheatreSports in 1988. Smith's published plays include Drinking Habits, The Odyssey, The Pathmaker, Dangerous (a contemporary gay treatment of Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Gray, and Marguerita's Secret Diary in addition to edited versions of Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Love's Labours Lost. Additionally, he has many plays published by YouthPLAYS, including Johnny and Sally Ann: the true-life tall-tales of Johnny Appleseed and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, which ran for 2 years with LA's traveling company Enrichment Works.

A Christmas Carol, ESL, The Wild and Wacky Rhyming Stories of Miss Henrietta Humpledowning and What Comes Around. Smith has directed plays staged in Kansas City, Missouri. Seattle, Washington; Creede, Colorado.

Forestburgh, NY; and Las Cruces, New Mexico.


  • His plays have won national and regional awards, including the 2004 Robert J. Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting, the 2004 ATHE Playworks Award, the Orlin R. Corey Outstanding Regional Playwright Award, the Richard Odlin Award, a Seattle Footlights Award, and the Doña Ana Arts Council Newcomer's Award.


  • Other Work

    • Author (director, playwright) various plays.


Son of Janet Anne and Ronald K Smith.

Janet Anne Ronald