I am honored and humbled to be portraying Frederick Law Olmsted in 2021 and beyond.
Honored to be collaborating with and Congratulations
to Friends of Olmsted Beil House on receiving this Premier Grant.
This "Frederick Law Olmsted on Staten Island: His Journey Begins" is made possible (in part) by a DCA Premier Grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
Joseph Smith (Photo Credit: Karen O'Donnell)
Characters have ranged from playing John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Philip Lombard in And Then There Were None, Ty Cobb in Cobb to Virgil in Dante's Inferno.
Joseph Smith as The Recordkeeper in Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
There is magic and joy in doing a living history performance in front of an audience. I decided that I would take my love of acting and history and bring them together as a Performing Artist of Living History.
Joseph Smith as Philip Freneau, Poet of the American Revolution, for the Matawan Historical Society
(Photo credit: Donna Dimino)
I am a Performing Artist of Living History. Through research, writing and performance, my portrayals bring people from history forward in time in an entertaining and engaging way, serving museums, historical societies, cultural and educational organizations with theatrical performances that support their missions. My passion is to create excitement and curiosity about history by giving voice to stories that celebrate the human spirit.
Joseph Smith as Augustin Fresnel for the 25th Annual Gala for the American Lighthouse Foundation
(Photo credit: Dominic Trapani)
My living history programs of Augustin Fresnel, Philip Freneau, Young Abe Lincoln, and in development, Frederick Law Olmsted, are available for museums, historical societies, libraries and cultural organizations. Do you have someone from history that you would like to see performed for your audience and organization? Let's see what's possible!
I look forward to hearing from you.
New Jersey, United States