© 2018 by Roger Smart

"Working with Roger Smart has been such a great experience. He’s made the rehearsal studio such a welcoming place to be. Roger had so many ideas for the performance but didn’t force them on us, instead he allowed us to work collaboratively to create an interesting and unique piece of work."

Ensemble Member, Richard II, May 2017

My directing experience spans some 28 years, working in both professional and academic settings. As a director, a central goal of mine is always to build a strong ensemble that works collaboratively. Actors and designers are empowered as autonomous, creative artists.

Professional

Our Country’s Good - Wertenbaker Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
• Chicago Tribune - Recommended production
• Time Out, Chicago - Recommended production
• Chicago Theatre Review - Recommended production

Happy Now - Coxon Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
• Time Out, Chicago - Recommended production
Her Naked Skin - Lenkiewicz Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production
• Chicago on the Aisle - Highly Recommended production

Romeo & Juliet - Shakespeare (inspired by The Factory Theatre, London) Shattered Globe Theatre
A Map of the World - Hare
Burning Coal Theatre — Raleigh, NC
Duet for One - Kempinski
The Aqwherium — Greensboro, NC
subUrbia - Bogosian
The Garage — Winston Salem, NC
Stopkiss - Son
Elsewhere — Greensboro, NC
Dylan - Michaels
Seanachai Theatre — Chicago, IL

+ Winner of 2002 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principle Role
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production
• Included in Chicago Tribune ‘Rave’ section
• Chicago Sun-Times Recommended production

The Servant of Two Masters - Goldoni Summer Nites  at The Theatre Building — Chicago, IL
The Life of Galileo - Brecht
Open Fist Theatre — Los Angeles, CA
• LA Weekly Pick of the Week
A Raisin in the Sun - Hansberry Long Beach Playhouse Studio — Long Beach, CA
Our Town - Wilder South Coast Repertory — Costa Mesa, CA
(assistant director to Mark Rucker)
In a Pig’s Valise - Overmyer Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
+ Awarded Joseph Jefferson Citation for Actress in a Supporting Role
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production

• Chicago Sun-Times Recommended production
The Trial -  Kafka — adapted Berkoff National Pastime Theater — Chicago, IL
The Dresser  - Harwood
Hollywood Performing Arts — Hollywood, FL
• Carbonelle Awards: Actor in a Leading Role—Honorable Mention
Loot - Orton Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
The Road to Mecca - Fugard
  Royal George Gallery Theater — Chicago, IL
+ Awarded Joseph Jefferson Citation for Actress in a Principle Role
• Two Joseph Jefferson Citation nominations for Actress in a Principle Role
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production

God’s Country - Dietz Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production
• Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Citation for Production
• Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Citation for Ensemble

Saint Joan  - Shaw Bailiwick Repertory — Chicago, IL
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production
The Dresser - Harwood ❖ Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
+ Awarded Joseph Jefferson Citation for Actor in a Principle Role
• Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Citation for Direction
• Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Citation for Scenic Design
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production

Talk Radio - Bogosian Shattered Globe Theatre — Chicago, IL
+ Awarded Joseph Jefferson Citation for Actor in a Principle Role
+ Awarded Joseph Jefferson Citation for Actor in a Supporting Role
+ Awarded Joseph Jefferson Citation for Scenic Design
• Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Citation for Direction
• Nominated for Joseph Jefferson Citation for Production
• Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee Recommended Production
• Included in Chicago Tribune ‘Rave’ section

Academic

Trial - Devised by the Ensemble (inspired by Franz Kafka's The Trial & the work of Punchdrunk Theatre) University of Northampton, England

Macbeth - Shakespeare University of Northampton, England

Richard II - Shakespeare University of Northampton, England

Blood Wedding - Lorca West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Romeo & Juliet - Shakespeare
Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Six Characters in Search of an Author - Pirandello
Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Julius Caesar - Shakespeare
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
The School for Wives - Molière
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Road - Cartwright
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
The Women - Boothe
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Images of Love and Hate - Devised by the Ensemble 
Birmingham School of Speech & Drama, England
Scenes From An Execution - Barker
University of California, Irvine, CA
Oedipus - Seneca, trans. Hughes
University of California, Irvine, CA
Road - Cartwright
University of California, Irvine, CA
Duet For One - Kempinski
University of California, Irvine, CA