Deborah Salem Smith

 

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EDUCATION:

M.A. English Literature, emphasis in Drama, Boston University, 2002

M.F.A. Creative Writing, emphasis in Poetry, University of Michigan, 1999

A.B. Art and Archaeology, graduated cum laude, Princeton University, 1996
Selected to write an additional thesis in poetry

PUBLIC TALKS:

Great Writers Series: The work of Deborah Salem Smith, Trinity Repertory Company, 2017

Invited Lecturer, Lifelong Learning Collaborative, Providence, RI, 2017

Grand Rounds Speaker, Rhode Island Hospital (also streamed live to affiliate hospitals), "Defeat is an Orphan," 2013

Panelist at Ocean State Summer Writing Conference, "Playwriting with Tony Estrella, Deborah Salem Smith, and Kate Snodgrass," 2013

Panelist at "Communicating Through Art: Encoding and Decoding Creative Meaning," Princeton University, 2013

Invited Lecturer, Medical Center Hour: Medicine and Society in Conversation, University of Virginia, “A Playwright Takes on Medical Malpractice and Forgiveness,” 2013

Grand Rounds Speaker, Rhode Island Hospital (also streamed live to affiliate hospitals), "Setting the Stage: A Playwright's Take on Malpractice," 2012

Invited Lecturer, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University, "But I'm a Good Doctor: A Playwright Takes on Medical Malpractice," 2012

Keynote Speaker, Medical Arts Weekend, Courthouse Center for the Arts, "But I'm a Good Doctor: A Playwright Takes on Medical Malpractice," 2012

Interview, WRNI Rhode Island's NPR station, "Artscape: Telling the Story Behind a Medical Mistake," 2012

Invited Lecturer, St. Georges School, Day of Action: Playwriting and Marriage Equality, 2012

Panelist at "The Playwright's Process," with writers Sarah Ruhl and Charlotte Meehan, Trinity Repertory Company, 2007

Invited Lecturer, Leisure Learning Lecture Series, East Greenwich, RI, 2007

Moderator for post-show discussions for Trinity Repertory Company, 2006-2007

Moderator for an interview with painter Jill Moser, University of Rhode Island, 2006

Panelist at "The Artist as Citizen," Boston Theater Conference, 2006

Poetry reading for The Literary Festival Series, San Rafael, CA, 2000

Poetry reading for The Mark Webster Reading Series, Ann Arbor, MI, 1998

Poetry reading for The Arts Council's Reading Series, Princeton, NJ, 1996

Poetry reading for The Reading Series, Princeton, NJ, 1996

PUBLICATIONS:

Monologue selected for The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, published 2016.

Love Alone. Published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc., March 2015.

“Great Art is Local: Playwright Deborah Salem Smith Interviews Curt Columbus, Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company.” HowlRound March 2015.

“The Case for Long-Term Playwright Residencies.” HowlRound January 2015.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Deborah Salem Smith interviews Stephen Thorne." The Trinity Square Magazine Winter 2011.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Deborah Salem Smith interviews writer Pamela Gien." The Trinity Square Magazine Winter 2010.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Deborah Salem Smith interviews writer Steven Dietz." The Trinity Square Magazine Fall 2009.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Deborah Salem Smith interviews writer Laura Schellhardt." The Trinity Square Magazine Spring 2009.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Deborah Salem Smith interviews set designer James Schuette." The Trinity Square Magazine Holiday 2008.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Deborah Salem Smith interviews writer Adam Bock." The Trinity Square Magazine Winter 2008.

"A Playwright's Perspective: Antigone Today." The Trinity Square Magazine Fall 2008.

"Behind Closed Doors." The Trinity Square Magazine Fall 2007.

"Carol in a Minor Key: Deborah Salem Smith interviews director Amy Morton." The Trinity Square Magazine Winter 2006.

"A Preface: The Diminishment of Infinity" and "Material Origin of Ethics." Berkeley Poetry Review Issue 33 2001. (Both poems published as D. Salem Smith.)

"A Teacher's Viewpoint." ABC News (Internet) January 1997.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE:

Playwriting Fellow, 2015-present
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, Massachusetts

Playwright-in-Residence, 2007-present
Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island

Teaching Associate, 2009-present
Brown University/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Program
Created and taught Playwriting for first year M.F.A. students in Acting and Directing
Taught Core (Advanced Playwriting) for second and third year M.F.A. students
Created Playwrights’ Lab, an annual reading series for third year students

Producer, 2010-present
Brown University/ Trinity Rep Consortium
First Look Play Festival

Bray Visiting Scholar/Creative Artists Fellowship, 2012-2013
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Created and taught (Play)writing and Medicine, a collaborative course combining Alpert medical students and Brown/Trinity M.F.A. acting students

Producer, 2012
Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Operating Theatre: A Reading of Collaborative Works by Brown/Trinity M.F.A. Actors and Alpert Medical Students

Dramaturg, 2010-2011
Trinity Repertory Company
The Completely Fictional — Utterly True —
Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allan Poe

by Stephen Thorne, directed by Curt Columbus

Script Reader, 2010
WordBRIDGE
Reviewed and critiqued play submissions for the Playwrights Laboratory  

National Judge, 2009
University of Michigan
Hopwood Prize in Playwriting (for undergraduate and graduate students)

Dramaturg, 2009
Trinity Repertory Company
The Secret Rapture by David Hare, directed by Curt Columbus

Guest Artist, 2007-2009
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities' Speaker's Bureau
Topic: Theater and the State of Our State During the War in Iraq

Guest Artist, 2006
Brown University/ Trinity Rep Consortium
Led a workshop with director Laura Kepley for M.F.A. students in Acting and Directing

Adjunct Faculty, 2005-2006
Rhode Island College
Created and taught Creative Writing, a multimedia curriculum including drama, fiction, and poetry
Designed and taught honors and regular sections of College Writing, an interdisciplinary study of voice focused on the personal, argumentative, and analytical essay forms
Member of Composition Committee

Script Reader, 2005
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Reviewed and critiqued play submissions for the National Playwrights Conference

O'Neill Critics Institute, 2005
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Selected for the critical training program which runs concurrently with new play development at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference

Reader's Panel Member, 2004-2005
The Abbey Theatre, Ireland's National Theatre
Reviewed and critiqued play submissions

Visiting Academic, 2004-2005
Trinity College, School of Drama at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin, Ireland

Adjunct Faculty, 2002-2004
Rhode Island School of Design
Created and taught Introduction to Playwriting; also Literature and Composition, a multimedia curriculum on essay forms
Designed and taught two upper level theater courses: Intimacy in Motion, in which students created performance art; also Revision and Revolt, a study of structure in political 20th Century Drama
Advisor for original play written and produced by the Asian Cultural Association Committee Member and Drama Instructor for the Summer Program in English Language Studies for incoming students who were non-native speakers of English
Rhode Island College
Created and taught Western Literature: The Rational and Non-Rational, an interdisciplinary study of religious themes, with an emphasis on dramatic literature
Designed and taught honors and regular sections of College Writing

Script Reader, 2003-2004
Perishable Theater
Reviewed and critiqued play submissions for the International Women's Playwriting Festival

Script Reader, 2002-2004
Trinity Repertory Company
Reviewed and critiqued play submissions for the literary department

Adjunct Faculty, 2002-2003
Providence College
Created and taught three sections of Expository Writing, an interdisciplinary introduction to college writing techniques

Adjunct Faculty, 2000-2001
Villanova University
Designed and taught two sections per semester of The Literary Experience: Contemporary Poetry, in which students produced creative and analytical writing
St. Joseph's University
Created and taught The Craft of Language, a multimedia study of genre; also Texts and Contexts, a study of dramatic and nondramatic literature from five historical periods

Teacher, 1999-2000
Marin Academy, San Rafael, California
Among other responsibilities, designed and taught Creative Writing Workshop; Understanding Literary Genres; also 20th Century American Novel

Reader/Editing Intern, 1997-1999
Michigan Quarterly Review
Reviewed and critiqued poetry submissions

Lecturer, also Graduate Student Instructor, 1997-1999
University of Michigan
Created and taught Creative Writing, and College Writing; Course Assistant for Modern Poetry, and Women and Modernism

Student Evaluations available upon request: Consistently received very high scores on student evaluations from all schools.