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On October 26, Pitt-Greensburg will host a screening of two films starring Chad Eric Smith ’08 in “Chad Eric Smith: My Life in Art.” The event is co-sponsored by the campus’s Academic Village, the Performing Arts Society, and Delta Psi Omega, the campus chapter of the national theatre honor society.
This event, which is free and open to the public, opens with a reception at 6 p.m. in the Smith Hall Lounge. The formal program begins at 7 p.m. in Ferguson Theater (Smith Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg) with an interview of Smith by Stephen Schrum, PhD, associate professor of Theater Arts and director of the Pitt-Greensburg theater program. At approximately 7:20 p.m., “Dark Therapy” will be shown, followed by “The Suffering.” Smith will respond to audience questions immediately following the films.
Smith wrote, directed, and starred in “Dark Therapy,” a vampire comedy for which he received the Gold Peer Award in the “Acting on Camera—Fiction Male” category from the Television, Internet, & Video Association of Washington, DC (TIVA-DC). In this short film, made in 2014, a vampire seeks psychiatric counseling for a phobia that proves most distressing for a creature of the night.
The second film, “The Suffering,” is a feature-length horror mystery thriller released in 2016. Directed by Robert Hamilton, and starring Nick Apostolides, Phil Amico, and Smith, this film is described on imdb.com as, “A man fights for his sanity when he finds himself trapped on a rural farm inhabited by sinister beings overseen by a mysterious caretaker.”
“The short film is a pleasant appetizer for the nail-biting horrors that follow in the second, feature-length film,” says Schrum, who directed Smith in several campus productions. “In ‘Noises Off,’ we saw Chad’s ability to play comedy and farce, and ‘The House of Blue Leaves’ showed the depth of his serious side as he portrayed a musical performer who just couldn’t get a break from life. With these roles, he displayed a wide range in his acting. In ‘The Suffering,’ we witness another chapter in the work of an excellent actor.”
Smith, a native of Washington, DC, is a musician, writer, director, and award-winning actor. He fell in love with acting as a student whose other campus stage productions include “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Grease,” and “Mother Courage and Her Children.” After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, Smith played a variety of characters nearly a dozen stage plays in theaters in and around Pittsburgh, PA, including the internationally renowned Kuntu Repertory Theatre.
In 2010, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the African American Council on the Arts awarded Smith two Onyx Awards, one for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Walter Lee Younger in the Kuntu Repertory Theatre's production of “Raisin” and the other for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role as Wilson Pickett in the New Horizon Theater production of “I Gotcha! The Story of Joe Tex and the Soul Clan.”
Smith also has held leading, supporting, and featured roles in several independent films, including the superhero comedy “Squid Man,” the award-winning romantic drama “Last Night,” and the upcoming films “Secret City Bluz” and “An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted).”
In 2015, he starred in the critically-acclaimed 8-episode web series on YouTube entitled “Counselor,” for which he received an IndieCapitol Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
For more information contact Schrum at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-836-7483.