Valerie Rae Smith, theatre artist
Dr. Valerie Rae Smith is Professor of Theatre at Messiah College. She received her BA in Theatre/Education from Taylor University, her MA from Miami University in Oxford Ohio, and her Ph.D. in Theatre from Tufts University. In addition to teaching theatre at Tufts and Boston College, Smith served as Artistic Director for Circles of Girls, a pilot performing arts program for at-risk adolescents in Boston. At Messiah College Smith teaches theatre history, theatre and social change, and acting. Recent directing credits include Dead Man Walking, Nickel and Dimed, Noises Off, and Romeo and Juliet. Smith continues to perform and direct professional theatre and is a past member of the Boston chapter of AFTRA. She recently appeared as Lisa Kron in the Open Stage of Harrisburg production ofWell, as Ivy in August : Osage County, and played a variety of roles in the Vagina Monologues for Harrisburg's WomenSpeak Festival. Smith created her one-woman-show, Between 2 Chairs, at Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem, PA and performed it as part of Harrisburg's Flying Solo Festival in 2009. Between 2 Chairs was published by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Smith is currently working on an original play about human trafficking entitled But What Can I Do? This theatre project is part of the global movement to end modern-day slavery.