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Molly Smith

Molly Smith has been instrumental in leading the reinvention of Arena Stage, focusing on the creation of the new Mead Center for American Theater as well as major artistic changes. Arena Stage is a center for the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Ms. Smith has been a leader in new play development for 30 years while at Arena Stage for the past 14 years and at Perseverance Theatre in Alaska, the theater she founded and led for 19 years. 

She is a great believer in first, second and third productions of new work and has championed projects like Next to Normal, How I Learned to Drive and Passion Play, a cycle. Ms. Smith has directed for Arena Stage Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; How I Learned to Drive; Hot ‘N’ Throbbing; All My Sons; The Great White Hope; Coyote Builds North America; Agamemnon and His Daughters; A Moon for the Misbegotten; South Pacific;An American Daughter; Camelot; Orpheus Descending; Anna Christie; Passion Play, a cycle; Damn Yankees; Cabaret; The Women of Brewster Place; Christmas Carol 1941; Legacy of Light; Light in the Piazza; Oklahoma!; The Book Club Play; The Music Man and My Fair Lady. She has worked alongside playwrights Sarah Ruhl, Paula Vogel, Tim Acito, Karen Zacarías, John Murrell, James Magruder, Barry Lopez and many others. Ms. Smith’s directorial work has also been seen at the Shaw Festival in Canada, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and Centaur Theatre in Montreal.