Louise Smith ’77 is an alumna of Antioch College. She is a writer, performer, educator and therapist. She worked for eleven years in Ping Chong and Company, touring nationally and internationally with collaborative productions that incorporated media and movement. She also appeared in works by artists Meredith Monk, Julie Taymor, and Ann Bogart. Her solo works have been seen at P.S. 122, Dixon Place, Dance Theater Workshop and La Mama in NYC, as well as the Illusion Theater in Minneapolis. Milwaukee’s Theater X, and Actor’s Theater Louisville. Since 1984, she’s written and performed sixteen solo pieces. She is the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship in Playwriting from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a Bessie Award for her work with Ping Chong and an Obie for Painted Snake in a Painted Chair by The Talking Band. Smith was also awarded an NEA Collaborative Fellowship for Interfacing Joan, her solo with Ping Chong. In 2016 she had a writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center and was granted an Ohio Arts Council Artist’s Excellence Awards in playwriting, her second from the OAC. She’s written five plays for Yellow Springs Kids Playhouse, and in 2017 created a new work with Talking Band/Ellen Maddow entitled Fat Skirt and Big Nozzle, based on the paintings of James Ensor. She holds an IMA from Antioch University in Playwriting and an M.S.Ed from University of Dayton in Community Counseling.