Brett Smock – Producing Artistic Director
There is an unwritten, implicit understanding about theatre folk – that we are all gypsies. We travel often, go where the gig is and spend a lot of time living out of suitcases. My early life prepared me well for the gypsy life that has become my norm. I was born in Kailua, Hawaii — my mother was an English teacher and my father was a diplomat employed by the State Department. At the age of three, my father was posted overseas and so we left Hawaii and headed for Paris where we spent two years. We spent the next fifteen years jumping from Saudi Arabia to Berlin to Libya to Pakistan to Israel and on to Singapore, where I graduated high school. While I left to attend the American University in Washington DC, my family continued on to Brussels, Belgium. Two weeks after I graduated AU with a degree in Theatre, I drove north to Auburn, NY where I performed as a dancer in three shows in the ‘92 season: Mame, Cabaret and 42nd Street. Broadway in the Finger Lakes quickly became my home away from home and I continued to return to Auburn for the next 24 years as a performer, choreographer, director, director/choreographer, general manager and upon Ed Sayles’ retirement — Producing Artistic Director. I love this theatre and am excited for its future. I also love this community.
While not in Auburn, this gypsy worked many different gigs – performing on national and international tours, in Broadway workshops, directing and choreographing countless regional productions, staging celebrity industrials, writing the books to two new musicals, holding numerous adjunct faculty and guest artist positions, developing many new musicals and most importantly – working with some of the best talent in the industry. I have worked on land, at sea and continue to spend the better part of my life in an airplane. I am a gypsy – I live wherever I land. Right now, I live in Auburn and New York City and, between the two, I have a full, rich, meaningful life chock full of great theatre and incredible people. Thanks for being a part of it – here’s to a stellar 2016!