Lorinda Hawkins Smith

Birth Place: Pasadena, CA

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Lorinda is an actor, author, advocate, musician, writer, comedian, and award winning filmmaker. Her solo show "Justice? Or...Just Me? The Bite" was awarded the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival Diversity Scholarship for productions with powerful community impact. Her book of the same title was published in summer 2021 and is now available on Amazon and in several libraries. Book 2, "The Fight" (the second book in the "Justice? Or... Just Me?" series) is now available on Amazon. Her short film, "The Virus," has won multiple awards including Best Covid and Best Horror Comedy Film. Her domestic violence PSA spoof, "Domestic Violence: What Is It?" received an honorable mention in the 2022 Green Screen Film Festival. Lorinda was one of Robey Theatre Company's commissioned playwrights for their Commissioned Playwright Project and her play, "Vaccination Elevation," had a stage reading this past July at the Robey Theatre in the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). Lorinda is a domestic violence survivor who obtained her Masters in Business Administration while transitioning from houseless to housed. When Lorinda was in DTLA, she ran Open Mic Night DTLA for 4 years for the Skid Row and Loft Dweller communities and planted an Open Mic at Studio 526 (formerly The Lamp). Lorinda produced, "Cries from the Heart," a domestic violence awareness event in October - National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Bringing the Gospel to the Streets in San Julian Park. With the request of a downtown resident, Lorinda reached out to multiple entities inquiring if there was interest in starting a Handel's Messiah Sing-a-long for the Skid Row community. The result being Street Symphony's Messiah Project. Lorinda is honored to portray Bridget "Biddy" Mason in the Los Angeles Public Library's Historical Portrait Project on their video wall. Lorinda is currently accepting bookings for her solo show performances. For more info on Lorinda, please go to Lorindahawkinssmith.com


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Hudson Theatre to Present BECAUSE IT'S SUNNY IN L.A. in June

The Hudson Theatre will present a world premiere musical BECAUSE IT'S SUNNY IN L.A. (Especially On Skid Row).  Written and produced by Thaddeus Nagey, in the hope of creating awareness of the homeless population in Los Angeles.

Company Of Angels', Angel City Improv To Reopen Theater With WELCOME TO THE VANTAGE POINT

After closing their doors to the public at the beginning of the covid pandemic in 2020, Company of Angels (CoA) has announced that they are reopening with their first mainstage production in 3 years, 'Welcome to the Vantage Point,' an improvised family-friendly comedy show.

BWW Review: THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, LEAVE YOU FEELING YOU'RE NOT ALONE WITH “A SKEPTIC and a BRUJA' at FreeFall Theatre Company

A Skeptic and a Bruja by Rosa Fernandez makes its world premiere with Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, and in Cooperation with freeFall Theatre Company across the bay. The last time freeFall worked in conjuncture with another company was their collaboration with the Hippodrome and their production of Lone Star Spirits, and more recently with their staging of Ebony Rep’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. In speaking with Matthew McGee, freeFall’s Marketing Coordinator, he mentioned this is something the folks at freeFall will continue to explore with future seasons. I for one can attest with first-hand knowledge that this is something that freeFall should continue to do.

BWW Previews: A SKEPTIC AND A BRUJA HAS WORLD DEBUT at FreeFall Theatre

A SKEPTIC AND A BRUJA tells the story of two spirit-hunting podcasters, the haunting of a potential bed and breakfast, and ghosts of generational trauma.

Photos: A SKEPTIC AND A BRUJA Comes To FreeFall

Two podcast hosts are brought in to investigate a haunting only to realize that they may have finally found the ghosts they’ve been looking for. This is the jumping off point for a world premiere play coming to freeFall on May 20.

BWW Review: A SKEPTIC AND A BRUJA at Urbanite Theatre a Haunting Experience

In a deviation from your typical theatrical experience, may I present you Urbanite Theatre’s World Premiere of “A Skeptic and a Bruja.” Much to its title premise, this new work takes you on a paranormal journey.

JUSTICE? OR…JUST ME? THE BITE to be Presented at Whitefire Theatre's Solofest 2022

Justice? Or...Just Me? The Bite by Lorinda Hawkins Smith, based on the Justice? Or...Just Me? book series will be at the Whitefire Theatre in Solofest 2022 Solo Theatre Festival in Black History Month.

JUSTICE? OR…JUST ME? THE BITE to be Presented at Whitefire Theatre's Black Voices Solo Theatre Festival

Justice? Or...Just Me? The Bite by Lorinda Hawkins Smith, based on the Justice? Or...Just Me? book series will be at the Whitefire Theatre in their Black Voices Solo Theatre Festival this month. The solo play is written, produced and performed by Lorinda Hawkins Smith with direction by Patricia Bean-Kane.

The Robey to Present A HEATED DISCUSSION This September

The play reunites the creative duo of award-winning playwright Levy Lee Simon (The Magnificent Dunbar Hotel; For the Love of Freedom: The Haitian Trilogy) and acclaimed director Ben Guillory (who is also Co-founder and Producing Artistic Director of The Robey Theatre Company).

The World Premiere Of JUSTICE? OR…JUST ME? THE BITE Will Be at The Hudson Guild Theatre in August

Justice? Or...Just Me? The Bite by Lorinda Hawkins Smith, a world premiere production based on the Justice? Or...Just Me? book series will be at the Hudson Guild Theatre in August (next month). The solo play is written, produced and performed by Lorinda Hawkins Smith with direction by Patricia Bean-Kane.

The Robey Theatre Company Commissions Five Playwrights

The Robey Theatre Company announced its Community Creatives Developmental Project to support the advancement of original plays by emerging and established African American voices. The Project has commissioned five playwrights to develop five original plays.

The Robey Theatre Company's Playwrights Lab Session Starts May 22

The Robey Theatre Company Playwrights Lab, dedicated to new play development and theatre-making, will begin its summer session on May 22 for ten Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Because of the ongoing Covid health crisis, the summer session will be held virtually, via Zoom.

The Robey Theatre Company Presents Seven Playwrights in Upcoming Event

Recently, The Robey Theatre Company announced a competition for playwrights to write scenes related to the celebration of the year-end holiday of Kwanzaa, for consideration for future production. Our upcoming event presents the talents of this group of writers.

The Vagrancy Announces THE LIFE AND DEATH OF, Written and Directed by June Carryl

The Vagrancy announces THE LIFE AND DEATH OF written and directed by June Carryl. THE LIFE AND DEATH OF is a short, poetic piece dedicated to Oluwatoyin 'Toyin' Salau featuring an epilogue by librect baker to benefit Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Protesters Emergency Fund  

The Vagrancy Announces Blossoming 2020: The Virtual Edition

Every Tuesday in June, The Vagrancy announces BLOSSOMING 2020: the virtual edition.

Jean Cocteau's ORPHEE Viewed Through Unique Lens Of Deaf West Theatre

Orpheus, Eurydice, a trouble-making horse and Death herself converge in a very funny and irreverent reimagining of the Greek myth by surrealist poet, playwright and filmmaker Jean Cocteau. Deaf West Theatre views Cocteau's whimsical, magical and highly visual play, first performed in 1926, through a unique lens: translated from the French into Spoken English by John Savacool, into American Sign Language by Andrew Moore, and slated for a run at the True Colors Festival in Tokyo, Japan at the end of April. Deena Selenow directs Orphée in a visiting production at the Odyssey Theatre, opening March 13 for a four-week run through April 5. Three low-priced previews are set for March 8, March 11 and March 12.

Photo Flash: Bootleg Theatre Hosts the World Premiere of THE WILLOWS

BOOTLEG THEATER is thrilled to announce the world premiere of THE WILLOWS, written by Kerri-Ann McCalla and directed by Jessica Hanna. THE WILLOWS will preview on Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7 at 7pm; Sunday April 8 at 2pm; will open on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm and run through Saturday, May 5 at 7pm at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Bootleg Theater Presents the World Premiere of THE WILLOWS

BOOTLEG THEATER is thrilled to announce the world premiere of THE WILLOWS, written by Kerri-Ann McCalla and directed by Jessica Hanna. THE WILLOWS will preview on Friday, April 6 & Saturday, April 7 at 7pm; Sunday April 8 at 2pm; will open on Thursday, April 12 at 7pm and run through Saturday, May 5 at 7pm at the Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles.

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