Harris Smith

Department of Theatre Chair

Harris Dewayne Smith has been serving as the Department of Theatre Chair since fall 2018. Before joining the U, he worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he served as an Associate Professor in Acting and Movement, the Director for the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and as the former Head of the Professional Actor Training Program.

His research and creative work focus on psycho-physical character development for the actor and choreographing violence for stage and film. He is a Certified Teacher of stage combat through the Society of American Fight Directors and a member of Actors Equity and SAG (Screen Actors Guild). He has worked as an actor and fight director at a number of regional theatres including Utah Shakespeare Festival, ACT in Seattle, St. Louis Black Repertory, Sacramento Theatre Company and Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He received the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for Fight Choreography. His film and television credits include; Runaway Train Singles, Past Midnight, Amazing Grace & Chuck, Seven Hours to Judgment, Chips the War Dog, Lookin’ Good and Pandora’s Clock. He served as the stunt coordinator and fight director for the short film, The Healing of Harmon (2018). In 2018, he was invited to present the lecture, “Characters in Conflict,” at Sichuan University as part of the University Immersion Program in Chengdu, China.

Contact Info

  • Office Phone: 581-6592
  • Office: Building 73 Room103