Johnny Smith

Actor (AEA)

Verges from Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre 2013

Johnny Smith is a proud native of Blairsville, Pennsylvania (a small town in rural Western, PA, where he learned the basics of country-livin').  He fancies himself a regular dude with an extraordinary imagination, and is an avid fan of comic books, science fiction, rap music and binge-watching shows.  

After graduating from IUP (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), he moved to Philadelphia, where he spent ten years exploring a career as a stage actor, puppeteer, improvisor, and comedian.  After a decade in Philadelphia, he recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he plans to continue his work onstage and beyond.  

As a professional actor, Johnny has a wide range of credits and skills with a wealth of experience in Shakespeare, self-written one-man shows, and sketch comedy.  Johnny is the founder of two different comedy groups: "The Company" - resident sketch troupe at Indiana University of PA (founded in 2006) - and "High Dramma" (a Philly-based group founded in 2009).  Both groups are still currently active.  Johnny also has experience working in indie film, most recently with the movie Shithead (coming in 2017).  Other accomplishments include a Barrymore Award of Excellence for Outstanding Ensemble (Inis Nua's The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, 2016).  However, one of the greatest awards he ever received was a letter from a third-grader, seen below: 

Verges Power! from Much Ado About Nothing, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2013