Erin Smith has performed in school, church, and Community Theater since she was 9 years old. Her first time on stage she performed the title role in Tea for Felicity with her church activity group. Since then she has performed in musicals, plays, choirs, jazz competitions, talent shows, and, most recently, film . Some of her earlier roles include Widow Corney in Oliver!, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, and a Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Wood. Erin spent her senior year of high school at Coronado School of the Arts.

Erin has also had a longtime love affair with music, participating in choirs and performing solo for much of her life. She was a member of the Golden Valley Jazz Choir and Coronado School of the Arts Tour Group in high school. She competed in several jazz festivals including the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, Columbia Jazz Festival, and Reno Jazz Festival (where her choir took third place in 1999). More recently she has performed with the San Diego Interfaith Choir. Erin also works backstage when she can. She has worked as make-up supervisor for shows like Oedipus the King and Romeo & Juliet. She is also built sets for several productions including 39 Steps. She would eventually like to try her hand at working as a Production Assistant and Stage Manager.

Erin has had an on again off again relationship with school. Following high school, she briefly attended Palomar College, where she met her husband. Palomar was not a good fit and Erin eventually took a hiatus from school to get married, start her family, an work in the “real-world” (meaning she sat behind a desk for six years). During this time, she welcomed her first child into the world. She managed to stay active in Community Theater and church choirs during this hiatus and never lost her love of theater.

After several years away from school, Erin decided to return with the encouragement and support of her husband. This time she attended MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California. MiraCosta and its teaching faculty truly rekindled Erin’s love of theater and helped her see a future in acting. She participated in several productions and attended MiraCosta’s intensive summer conservatory program The Actor’s Academy. It was at MiraCosta that she discovered a love and talent for film acting. Under the mentorship of her Acting for the Camera teacher, John Walcutt, she has fostered that talent and found a new career path.

Finally, after doing a lot of homework, taking a lot of tests, and bringing her second child into the world, Erin graduated from MiraCosta College with her Associate’s degree in Dramatic Arts in December 2013. But, she’s not done yet. During the summer of 2014, Erin and her family moved to Irvine so that she could pursue her Bachelor’s degree at University of California, Irvine. Her goal at UCI is to gain more experience and make some connections with the faculty, classmates, and alumni. She intends to work closely with the drama and film departments onstage, backstage, and in front of the camera. There is a possibility she will continue at UCI to pursue her Master’s in Acting. But, for now, her end goal is to establish a film acting career. There’s still a long road ahead. But, it’s an exciting one filled with opportunity!


The Bee Sketch
Woman #1
Directed by Josh Greenfield

Directed by John Walcutt

Romeo & Juliet, Act I, Scene V
Directed by Josh Greenfield

Acting for the Camera
Taught by John Walcutt


Almost, Maine
University of California, Irvine

The Seahorse
University of California, Irvine

Fuddy Meers
University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

The Laramie Project – Ten Years Later
Deb Thomsen
Miracosta Theater

Guys and Dolls
MiraCosta Theater

Death Takes a Holiday
Patio Playhouse

A Christmas Carol
La Jolla Stage Company

Alice in Wonderland
Knave of Hearts
Palomar College

Into the Woods
Little Red Riding Hood
Merced Center


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Romeo and Juliet: Act 1, Scene 5

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