Caitlin McDonough Thayer (RUTH, right) and Jacob Knoll (JAKE, left).
photos: Luke Norby
Tommy Smith’s play FIREMEN recently won five LADCC awards, including best writing. His other plays include GHOSTLIGHT (Labyrinth Theatre Company, d. Paul Budraitis), WHITE HOT (West Of Lenin, d. Braden Abraham); ZERO, PTSD & PIGEON (Ensemble Studio Theatre, d. Billy Carden); THE WIFE (Access Gallery, d. May Adrales); CARAVAN MAN (Williamstown Theatre Festival, music & lyrics by Gabriel Kahane, d. Kip Fagan); DEMON DREAMS (Magic Futurebox, music by DJ Spooky, d. Kevin Laibson); A DAY IN DIG NATION (PS 122, co-written and d. Michael McQuilken); AIR CONDITIONING (Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, d. Steve Cosson); among others.
In addition, his award-winning theatrical collaborations with Reggie Watts – DISINFORMATION, TRANSITION, RADIOPLAY and DUTCH A/V – played at The Public Theatre, Lamama, The Warhol Museum, MCA Chicago, ICA Boston, On The Boards and PICA: TBA, among others. As a director/writer, Tommy created the environmental sound performances, NECTARINE EP (for Flea Theater) LOTUS EATERS EP (for IRT Theater, with voices of Neil Gaiman, Marin Ireland & Reed Birney), FORTH (for MFB, d. Meiyin Wang), and DRUGLETTERS (for Labyrinth Theatre Company).
Tommy is the recipient of the PONY fellowship at The Lark, a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize, a two-time recipient of the E.S.T. Sloan Grant, a winner of the Page73 Productions Playwriting Fellowship, a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages, a recipient of the Creative Capital award, and a two-time winner of the MAP Fund. Publications include PIGEON for Dramatists Play Service and WHITE HOT in the New York Theatre Review. He is a graduate of the playwriting program at The Juilliard School.
Tommy’s feature film FIGMENT is currently optioned by Ridley Scott’s production company ScottFree. Smith is also working on a thriller SLEEPER CAR with director Guy Moshe and Zero Gravity Entertainment.
As a journalist, Tommy’s work has appeared in The Village Voice, High Times & The Brooklyn Rail. He lives in New York City.