About Scott

Scott J. Smith

   

Prior to college, Scott’s theatrical focus was mainly on “acting out” in class and during high school “spirit” events (pep rallies, homecoming events, talent shows, and lip-synching contests).

 
He has appeared in Shakespeare productions for Theatre Jacksonville and the Backlight Theatre Project, and celebrated his first anniversary with his wife Layla in William Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon, attending over a dozen performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company and guest artists from around the globe.  He has directed “Shakespeare in Orange Park,” “Twelve Angry Men,” “Murder in Mind” and a few comedies at Orange Park Community Theatre, and dozens of interactive comedy mysteries for the Murder Mystery Players, Inc. from 2000 through 2009. 

Scott’s film and television credits include HBO’s “Recount” directed by Jay Roach and starring Kevin Spacey and Laura Dern, Discovery Channel’s “The New Detectives”, and “America’s Most Wanted.” He was a stand-in for Jimmy Fallon in “The Year of Getting to Know Us” directed by Patrick Sisam, and appeared in a recent regional advertising campaign for Design Works Interiors.

Recently, Scott has written and directed the short film “Save 2 Lives” to raise awareness for Mike’s Dog House, a local animal rescue.  He has also been working closely with Faith and Power Productions on “Daniel’s Lot,” filmed in Central Florida.  Updated information about Scott’s acting exploits can be found on his blog and Twitter stream.

From 1991 to 1994, Scott attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and discovered several of his friends were members of a school-sponsored drama club known as “The Riddle Players.” Scott worked backstage during “The Foreigner”, on stage for “Equus” and directed “See How They Run.”

After graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Science, while pursuing a career in aviation, Scott nurtured his theatrical interests at area community theatres, where he met professionals in the local film and television industry, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Scott appeared as an extra in local and regional commercials, industrial films, and locally produced motion pictures such as “Sudden Terror,” “G.I. Jane” directed by Ridley Scott and starring Demi Moore and Viggo Mortensen, and “Tigerland” directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Colin Farrell.

In the fall of 1996, Scott attended a performance of “Twelfth Night” produced by former company members of “The Cross and Sword,” Florida’s state play. At this performance, Scott became transfixed by the language, characters, comedy and pageantry of Shakespeare’s plays.  Scott met the director and cast of that production, and after his first Shakespearean audition, became a charter member of the Atlantic Shakespeare Company, and performed in each of their ten plays produced from 1997 to 2003.

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