A.C. Smith is a scriptwriter and songwriter. Originally raised in Colorado, she has lived in London since 2007.
As a playwright, she has won awards from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Soho Theatre, and been shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and Adrian Pagan Award. She was a member of the 2016/17 Bush Theatre’s Emerging Writers Group, and has been invited to return on a followup attachment. Her work has been performed at venues including Soho Theatre, RADA, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre503, HighTide Festival, Pleasance Theatre, The Space, Rose Theatre Bankside, and the Tristan Bates Theatre. She has developed a specialism in working with physical theatre and dance companies, including Theatre Re, Jorge Crecis, and Ciemulator Dance Theatre. She is interested in multi-media collaboration and experimental practices, and created This Is A Play an ongoing digital project with fine art photographer Julia Forsman.
A.C. is a lyricist and bookwriter for musical theatre with Barlow & Smith (with composer Bella Barlow). In 2015, they were shortlisted for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Awards, following a commission of new songs for two-time Olivier Award winner Janie Dee at the Globe Theatre for the London Festival of Cabaret. They are currently at work on a new musical project which received a work-in-progress sharing at the Criterion Theatre, and is receiving support from the Old Vic Workrooms for its next stage of development. In 2015 they released their debut album of new holiday music “Christmas in the City”, produced by Ian Shaw, and have been featured artists of the week (“Duvet Date Icons”) on JemmThree Radio. Their songs have appeared in the St James Studio, Aldeburgh Festival, Arts Theatre Upstairs, The Pheasantry, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Musical Theatre Tuesdays, Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, and Theatre Royal Haymarket as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday celebration gala.
From 2012-15, A.C. was a Development Executive at First Born Films, working on new feature film projects. She has worked for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) as Resident Writer of the RADA Elders Company, and Head of Academic Studies (2009-12), and is currently a Playwriting Tutor on the MA Text & Performance.
A.C. holds BA from Harvard and an MA from RADA/King’s College London, and has participated in writing development programs with the Royal Court, Criterion Theatre, Book Music & Lyrics, Theatre Royal Stratford East, and the Royal Opera House. She is Co-Founder and Director of the London Playwrights Workshop, providing support to other emerging writers.