PHILIP R. SMITH

PHILIP R. SMITH

Ensemble Member

Since 1989

Producing Director

Board Member

Philip R. Smith (he/him/his) most recently appeared at Lookingglass as Dr. Astor in Life Sucks by Aaron Posner. Previous Lookingglass credits include Captain Smollett in Treasure Island, Bastian Podaris in Big Lake Big City, Ethan in Ethan Frome, Will in Trust and Ivan in The Brothers Karamazov. Other recent regional credits include: Doctor Sartorius in The March, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Reverend Parris in The Crucible (all at Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Captain Smollett in Treasure Island at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days at Baltimore’s Center Stage. Additional Lookingglass credits include: The Wooden Breeks, Hillbilly Antigone, Metamorphoses, The Idiot, The Vanishing Twin, The Arabian Nights and Up Against It. Other regional credits include work at McCarter Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Brooklyn Academy of Music (NYC), and The Actors’ Gang (LA). TV and film credits include: Boss, Prison Break, Friends, Chicago Hope, Early Edition, Kissing a Fool, The Dilemma, The Express, Since You’ve Been Gone, High Fidelity and the newly filmed feature, Widows, directed by Steve McQueen.

As Producing Director since 2000, he has helped produce over 60 plays. He also serves as the Lookingglass Casting Director and acts as a primary artistic liaison to the development department, special events, marketing, and production departments.

He is married to fellow Ensemble Member Louise Lamson. They have two boys, Guthrie and Wesley.

Bio as of 2017

In [his] extraordinary central performance in the superb To Kill a Mockingbird, Smith, an intensely authentic actor now moving into the peak of his artistic abilities, was like a rock, full of human cracks.

– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

ARTIST MEDIA

CREDITS AND AWARDS

  • THEATRE CREDITS

    Chicago:

    • The March, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Crucible (Steppenwolf Theatre Company)

    Regional:

    • Treasure Island (Berkeley Repertory Theatre)
    • Around the World in 80 Days (Center Stage )
  • FILM CREDITS

    • Kissing a Fool
    • The Dilemma
    • The Express
    • Since You’ve Been Gone
    • High Fidelity
    • Widows (directed by Steve McQueen)
  • TELEVISION CREDITS

    • Boss
    • Prison Break
    • Friends
    • Chicago Hope
    • Early Edition