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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)

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“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)

About Michael

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.

Other Hobbies

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.

Skillset/Experience

Michael’s acting experience and technical skills include the following:

  • Voice
  • Movement
  • Stanislavsky
  • Shakespeare
  • Practical Aesthetics – The Atlantic Technique
  • Chekov
  • Improvisation
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Classical and Contemporary Texts
  • Viewpoints
  • Character Analysis
  • Mimicry

“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)

Testimonials

“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)

Portfolio

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Experience

YearTypeWorkRoleDirectorCompany
2016Short FilmTo Be a WarriorMan in CafeJames BuckinghamIndependent
2016TelevisionDeep Water - The Real StoryExtraAmanda BlueBlackfella Films
2016TelevisionThe Secret DaughterExtraGeoff BennettScreentime
2016TheatreShut Up and Drive; or Sex, Liberty and the AutomobileVariousPaul Gilchristsubtlenuance
2016Web SeriesCobbler ProductionsJohnnyLuke JovanovicIndependent
2015Short FilmCardedUmpireMatthew PoppIndependent
2015TelevisionRakeExtraBlow by Blow Productions
2015Short FilmDead AsNickDimitri ElleringtonSixfoot6 Films
2015TheatreMiltonLukeRosemary GhaziShort+Sweet Sydney
2015TheatreBetween UsJaseSarah ParsonsAustralian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)
2015TelevisionMadame Tussauds CommercialExtraZ/Space
2014Theatre1790; a tale not often toldCaptain Watkin TenchPete MalickiIndependent
2014TheatreRebels With a CauseJim/RobertSimon DoctorActive Theatre Productions
2014TheatreAnd What a Damn Fine Morning It IsJimLuke MiddlebrookShort+Sweet Sydney
2014TheatreTraffickedBenCarli CareyIndependent
2014TheatrePlane CrazyBruceHolly ButlerShort+Sweet Sydney
2014TheatreCrossroadsYoung George PacEmmanuel NicolaouShort+Sweet Sydney
2014TelevisionIt’s Showtime (Woolworths Commercial)ExtraJonathan NyquistRapid Films
2014TelevisionUltra Power Saving Mode (Samsung Galaxy S5 Commercial)BackpackerSky Film
2014TelevisionCollectibles (Woolworths Commercial)Retail AssistantGraeme Burfootthe Feds
2013TheatreMiss JulieJeanRobert den EnglesmanIndependent
2013TheatreHiggledy TrilogyChico/David/JimSarah CrossShort+Sweet Sydney
2013TheatreThe Coming OutDavidMakedonka StoilovaShort+Sweet Sydney
2013Musical TheatreBoy’s Own MacbethTerry ShakespeareJohnny ApotsisKore Productions
2013TelevisionFriends Like YouDamianJoe BurrastonIndependent
2012TheatreAlarumAhasuerusRobert den EnglesmanMatriark Art Theatre (Sydney Fringe Festival)
2012TheatreThe Three SistersFedotikLiz ArdayFactotum Theatre
2012Short FilmThe WalletAlexShannen SubrataInternational Film School of Sydney
2012Short FilmTaking a DiveChristianMitchell CunninghamIndependent
2011TheatreHuman GeographyMichaelKim HardwickUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2011TheatreMiss JulieJeanThomas PapathanassiouUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2011Theatre4:48 PsychosisVariousKim HardwickUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2011Musical TheatreMy Fair LadyEnsemblePeter CoxWagga Wagga Community Theatre
2011Short FilmSkinsVariousMatt RussellUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2011Short FilmDealer’s ChoiceMugsyEdward KindredUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2010TheatreAgamemnonAegisthusKim HardwickUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2010TheatreHedda GablerEjlert LovborgKim HardwickUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2010TheatreShakespeare in ShortsHamletJohn SaundersUniversity Theatre Ensemble (UTE)
2010TheatreThe Pigeon and the PyramidJamesSam HearnTen by 10 Play Festival
2010Musical TheatreThe Boy From OzEnsemblePeter CoxWagga Wagga Community Theatre
2010Short FilmThe Secret Life of UsVariousMatt RussellUniversity 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)

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