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).  

After a decade in Philadelphia, working as an actor and puppeteer, he moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he plans to continue his work onstage, on camera and beyond.  

Johnny’s aesthetic is heavily influenced by science fiction, super hero comics, and hip hop culture. He is also an independent rapper known as John E Raps a.k.a. G-ZUS.

As a professional actor, Johnny has a wide range of credits and skills with a wealth of experience in Shakespeare, one-man shows, improvisation and sketch comedy.  

Johnny is the founder of two comedy groups: "The Company" - resident sketch troupe at Indiana University of PA (founded in 2006) "High Dramma" - a Philly-based group (founded in 2009).  Both groups are currently active.

Johnny has experience working in indie film, most recently with the movie Shithead (coming in 2019) for which he received multiple awards.  

Other accomplishments include the Barrymore Award of Excellence for Outstanding Ensemble (Inis Nua's The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, 2016).