Faculty & Staff


Stephen Trovillion Smith

Professor - Acting
NFAC 171



Stephen Trovillion Smith has worked on stage and on camera for more than twenty years. He has worked with Gillian Anderson, Jeremy Piven, Robert Falls, Stephen Colbert, Shelley Berman and many others. In 1997, he appeared on Broadway in Horton Foote's Pulitzer Prize-winning (and Best Play Tony-nominated) THE YOUNG MAN FROM ATLANTA with Rip Torn and Shirley Knight.

In Chicago, he was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor for EASTERN STANDARD (losing to Albert Finney) and he played Lucio in MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He was Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART at Next Theatre, which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Production and for which he received the Best Actor award from the Theatre Artists and Friends. He also played Curly in KNUCKLE at the Next (Critic's choice- Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times) and Damis in TARTUFFE at the Court Theatre.

In Florida, Steve taught at the University of Miami while appearing in THE CLEARING at Florida Stage and more than 70 short plays in 13 seasons at City Theatre's SUMMER SHORTS play festival. For his work in SUMMER SHORTS 2000 and SUMMER SHORTS 2008, he received Carbonell Award nominations as Best Supporting Actor.

On-camera work includes NBC's Crime Story, series regular on a syndicated children's TV show, and many commercials and industrial films as well as a stint as the national TV, radio and print spokesman for Rally's Restaurants. He is a member of the Actor's Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). He has an MFA in acting from the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University.