Brian J. Smith appeared on Broadway in The Columnist, Come Back Little Sheba at Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as off-Broadway in Good Boys and True and Changes. His film credits include Hate Crime (Trey), The War Boys, Red Hook, and Murder on the Orient Express. On television he played Lt. Scott in the series Stargate Universe, appeared in the film Red Faction: Origins for the SyFy Network, had a recurring role on Gossip Girl, and will guest star in The Good Wife and Warehouse 13 this season.
Director John Tiffany's production of Once, which originated at the A.R.T., received twelve nominations and garnered eight Tony Awards, including Best Director on Broadway, for the 2012 season, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. He is the Associate Director of The National Theatre of Scotland, where he created his production of Black Watch, which transferred to London and received the Laurence Olivier Award and Critics' Circle Award for Best Director, and has been performed in New York, Washington, DC and Chicago. Other internationalcredits include The Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Home: Glasgow (National Theatre of Scotland); Jerusalem (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Las Chicas del Tres y Media Floppies (Granero Theatre, Mexico City; Edinburgh Festival Fringe); If Destroyed True, Mercury Fur, The Straits (Paines Plough); Gagarin Way, Abandonment, Among Unbroken Hearts, Perfect Days, Passing Places (Traverse, Edinburgh). Tiffany was a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University from 2010-11.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of theater. Winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival for its production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, the A.R.T. is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by RoBert Woodruff. In 2008, Diane Paulus became the A.R.T.'s Artistic Director. The A.R.T. is therecipient of numerous other awards including the Tony Award for OutstandingRegional Theater, the Pulitzer Prize, and many Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. Its recent premiere production of Death and The Powers: The Robots' Opera was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
During its 32-year history, theA.R.T. has welcomed many major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes premieres of American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts and provocative new music Theater Productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on four continents. The A.R.T. is also a training ground for young artists. The Theater's artistic staff teaches undergraduate classes in acting, directing, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, voice, and design at Harvard University. In 1987, the A.R.T. founded the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. A two-year, five-semester M.F.A. graduate program that operates in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theater School, the Institute provides world-class professional training in acting, dramaturgy and voice.
Since becoming Artistic Director, Diane Paulus has enhanced the A.R.T.'s core mission to expand the boundaries of theater by continuing to transform the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced and contextualized,always including the audience as a partner. Productions such as Sleep No More, The Donkey Show, Gatz, The Blue Flower, Prometheus Bound, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and Wild Swans have engagedaudiences in unique theatrical experiences. The A.R.T.'s club theater, OBERON, which Paulus calls a Second Stage for the 21st century, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists, and has also attracted national attention for its innovative programming model.
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