Michael Smith is a young Australian actor whose lifelong ambition has driven his aspirations towards becoming the most well respected, reputable, dedicated and disciplined actor on the Sydney circuit.
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“Michael is a very talented and hard working actor … he puts himself in the deep end on a psychological and emotional level.”
– Robert Den Englesman, Director, Miss Julie (2013) and Alarum (2012)
“Working with Michael was an adventure! One I would happily embark on again … He was always willing to work with me; blending our interpretations of his character and presenting the best.”
– Johnny Apotsis, Director, Boy’s Own Macbeth (2013)
Michael Smith is a 2011 CSU graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts – (Acting for Screen & Stage) from Charles Sturt University (CSU). During his time at CSU he was also honoured with a School of Arts Dean’s Award. Originally from Junee, Michael has performed in local and community theatre since 2007, before moving to Sydney in 2012. Full of energy, vigour, and fast-paced wit, Michael delivers a powerful drive to his work. He is aspiring to be the most well respected, reputable, dedicated and disciplined actor on the Sydney circuit.
Sydney (2012 – Present)
Michael’s first Sydney production was in Factotum Theatre’s The Three Sisters, followed by a role in Alarum, performed as part of the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival. He can be often seen performing as part of Sydney’s Short+Sweet festival, and is a regular at Crash Test Drama. His recent roles include leads in subtlenuance’s Shut Up and Drive; or Sex, Liberty and the Automobile, the Sixfoot6 Films production Dead As, and the web series Cobbler Productions.
New York (2015)
In 2015 Michael was accepted into the New York Atlantic Theater Company’s Summer Intensive course. During the six weeks he attended, Michael studied Practical Aesthetics – The Atlantic Technique under the tutelage of Anya Saffir, Cynthia Silver, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Josh Lewis, Renee Redding-Jones, Francine Zerfas, Charley Layton, and Kelly Maurer. Key topics of study included script analysis, performance technique, voice, speech, movement and improvisation.
An avid pianist, Michael had been taught from his primary school years, right up until 2008, and continues to play as a hobby. He also received vocal coaching under the tutelage of Rebecca Wall at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music during 2010-11. His other hobbies include soccer, improvisation, and singing.
Michael’s acting experience and technical skills include the following:
- Practical Aesthetics – The Atlantic Technique
- Acting for the Camera
- Classical and Contemporary Texts
- Character Analysis
“I can say that Michael has all the talent and drive required for success. He would be an asset to any production and I would highly recommend him.”
– Makedonka Stoilova, Director, The Coming Out (2013)
Michael "gets it"; he totally understands the tone, pacing and intention of the script and what we were trying to achieve. More than that, he also is keen to go further and explore the limits of the character so we could find a new, better normal. Working on these performance based films can often bring with it pressures and issues not just in front of the camera, but also behind it. Michael's calm and steady manner & gentle sense of humour meant that he was a joy to work with and helped us all get through the tough days.
Michael is a very talented and hard working actor. He brings himself whole heartedly to the role that he is portraying. He is always willing to try new things when in the rehearsal room and puts himself on the deep end on a psychological and emotional level. It has been a pleasure working with him and I'm very excited to see where his career will take him!
Working with Michael was an adventure! One I would happily embark on again. He is just a likeable guy; easy-going but takes his work seriously. He needed little 'direction'. He was always willing to work with me; blending our interpretations of his character and presenting the best.
Committed, dedicated, passionate and willing to do what it takes to deliver a first class performance the likes of which compel an audience to suspend their disbelief are all the ways that I would describe Michael Smith. His research into both text and character are first-class as his ultimate desire to grow, develop and extend his skills not only as an actor but as a human being. Finally, his empathy and respect for his colleagues are the qualities that make you want to share the stage with him not just once, but again and again!
Michael was a pleasure to work with. He brought much enthusiasm to every rehearsal and delivered each performance with perfect comic timing and skill. As the director of The Coming Out, I can say that Michael has all the talent and drive required for success. He would be an asset to any production and I would highly recommend him.
I have been working with Michael Smith since 2009 when we commenced studying at Charles Sturt University. Throughout university and in the years since graduating, I have never seen him waver in his dedication and passion for his craft. Michael is a talented, hardworking and professional actor who comfortably balances an emotional performance with technical precision. He is committed, punctual and prepared – a producer’s dream! I have no doubt that his acting career will be long and fruitful.
Michael is a very strong actor, able to perform in comedy and drama with equal skill. Of the many thousand actors I know, he is one of the best at quickly and sincerely tapping into deep emotions, able to show his audiences deep and believable characters. He has good skills and techniques and will always do his ‘homework,’ spending the time required outside of rehearsals to deliver a top-rate performance. Secondly, he’s a very nice person. He is always friendly, professional, respectful, engaged and hard-working. He’s easy to get along with and a good team player.
“Of the many thousand actors I know, he is one of the best at quickly and sincerely tapping into deep emotions, able to show his audiences deep and believable characters.”
– Pete Malicki, Director, 1790: a tale not often told (2014)
|2016||Short Film||To Be a Warrior||Man in Cafe||James Buckingham||Independent|
|2016||Television||Deep Water - The Real Story||Extra||Amanda Blue||Blackfella Films|
|2016||Television||The Secret Daughter||Extra||Geoff Bennett||Screentime|
|2016||Theatre||Shut Up and Drive; or Sex, Liberty and the Automobile||Various||Paul Gilchrist||subtlenuance|
|2016||Web Series||Cobbler Productions||Johnny||Luke Jovanovic||Independent|
|2015||Short Film||Carded||Umpire||Matthew Popp||Independent|
|2015||Television||Rake||Extra||Blow by Blow Productions|
|2015||Short Film||Dead As||Nick||Dimitri Ellerington||Sixfoot6 Films|
|2015||Theatre||Milton||Luke||Rosemary Ghazi||Short+Sweet Sydney|
|2015||Theatre||Between Us||Jase||Sarah Parsons||Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)|
|2015||Television||Madame Tussauds Commercial||Extra||Z/Space|
|2014||Theatre||1790; a tale not often told||Captain Watkin Tench||Pete Malicki||Independent|
|2014||Theatre||Rebels With a Cause||Jim/Robert||Simon Doctor||Active Theatre Productions|
|2014||Theatre||And What a Damn Fine Morning It Is||Jim||Luke Middlebrook||Short+Sweet Sydney|
|2014||Theatre||Plane Crazy||Bruce||Holly Butler||Short+Sweet Sydney|
|2014||Theatre||Crossroads||Young George Pac||Emmanuel Nicolaou||Short+Sweet Sydney|
|2014||Television||It’s Showtime (Woolworths Commercial)||Extra||Jonathan Nyquist||Rapid Films|
|2014||Television||Ultra Power Saving Mode (Samsung Galaxy S5 Commercial)||Backpacker||Sky Film|
|2014||Television||Collectibles (Woolworths Commercial)||Retail Assistant||Graeme Burfoot||the Feds|
|2013||Theatre||Miss Julie||Jean||Robert den Englesman||Independent|
|2013||Theatre||Higgledy Trilogy||Chico/David/Jim||Sarah Cross||Short+Sweet Sydney|
|2013||Theatre||The Coming Out||David||Makedonka Stoilova||Short+Sweet Sydney|
|2013||Musical Theatre||Boy’s Own Macbeth||Terry Shakespeare||Johnny Apotsis||Kore Productions|
|2013||Television||Friends Like You||Damian||Joe Burraston||Independent|
|2012||Theatre||Alarum||Ahasuerus||Robert den Englesman||Matriark Art Theatre (Sydney Fringe Festival)|
|2012||Theatre||The Three Sisters||Fedotik||Liz Arday||Factotum Theatre|
|2012||Short Film||The Wallet||Alex||Shannen Subrata||International Film School of Sydney|
|2012||Short Film||Taking a Dive||Christian||Mitchell Cunningham||Independent|
|2011||Theatre||Human Geography||Michael||Kim Hardwick||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2011||Theatre||Miss Julie||Jean||Thomas Papathanassiou||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2011||Theatre||4:48 Psychosis||Various||Kim Hardwick||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2011||Musical Theatre||My Fair Lady||Ensemble||Peter Cox||Wagga Wagga Community Theatre|
|2011||Short Film||Skins||Various||Matt Russell||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2011||Short Film||Dealer’s Choice||Mugsy||Edward Kindred||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2010||Theatre||Agamemnon||Aegisthus||Kim Hardwick||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2010||Theatre||Hedda Gabler||Ejlert Lovborg||Kim Hardwick||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2010||Theatre||Shakespeare in Shorts||Hamlet||John Saunders||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
|2010||Theatre||The Pigeon and the Pyramid||James||Sam Hearn||Ten by 10 Play Festival|
|2010||Musical Theatre||The Boy From Oz||Ensemble||Peter Cox||Wagga Wagga Community Theatre|
|2010||Short Film||The Secret Life of Us||Various||Matt Russell||University Theatre Ensemble (UTE)|
“Michael “gets it”; he totally understands the tone, pacing and intention of the script and what we were trying to achieve … he also is keen to go further and explore the limits of the character so we could find a new, better normal.”
– Dimitri Ellerington, Director, Dead As (2016)
“Michael is a talented, hardworking and professional actor who comfortably balances an emotional performance with technical precision.”
– Amelia Morris, Producer, Carded (2015)