Michael John Smith
A graduate of Tulane University (BFA Musical Theatre), Michael has been a part of the New Orleans performing arts community with the United States Marine Corps, Summer Lyric Theatre at Tulane, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and Rivertown Theatre. He first appeared on this stage with NOVEMBER (2019) as Chief Dwight Grackle and is happy to be back for the 2022-2023 season in Kinky Boots (Don), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Sheriff) and now Newsies! (Pulitzer). He’s also excited to be a part of the 2023-204 season with Assassins and A Christmas Story. Smith is a retired Marine Corps officer (32 years) that includes 3 combat deployments, the Director of the Marine Corps Band New Orleans, and former Head of Marine Corps Field Music at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Currently he teaches High School seniors at the New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy as a Senior Military Instructor. Past local productions highlights include “Santa Meets Sousa” Marine Corps Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular, Rev Winemiller in Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Chief Sitting Bull in Annie Get Your Gun, Pat Denning in 42nd Street, Mal Beinecke in The Addams Family, and Captain O’Hurley in FLY.