Mr. Smith has been working professionally for the past 40 years both as a designer for the stage and as a consultant for numerous theatre projects. Mr. Smith has designed for concerts, dance, musicals and opera throughout his career. He lit the U.S. premier opera performance of Andrea Bocelli and has worked with Luciano Pavarotti, Denyce Graves and Ruth Ann Swenson. As the Resident Lighting Designer for Michigan Opera since 1989 he has lit over 65 productions. Regional Opera companies include Florida Grand Opera, Virginia Opera, San Diego Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has assisted on Broadway with Tharon Musser and Marilyn Rennagel. His work has been seen at many regional theatres including Oregon Shakespeare, Indiana Repertory, Pioneer Theatre Company and North Shore Music Theatre.
As a consultant he has worked with Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts redesigning the lighting system for a 300 seat thrust theatre. His design work at Merrimack also earned him the Paul Tsongas Arts Achievement award. His next major project was his involvement with Michigan Opera Theatre's renovation of the Detroit Opera House, a 2800 seat theatre restored to circa 1925. His latest project was the Miami Performing Arts Center, as a consultant for Florida Grand Opera, advising them on lighting requirements, system and equipment selections. His project closer to home is the Sunset Center in Carmel, CA. Mr. Smith upgraded the theatrical systems in the theatre, including lighting, video, sound and soft goods.
He is a member of USA 829.