Katie E. Smith is a native of Grand Rapids with a love for working with children and a passion for the arts. It has been her lifelong dream to bring her passions together and run a children’s theatre company of her own. Katie has a Bachelors or Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a minor degree in dance. She is a veteran director, performer, and supporter of the Grand Rapids arts scene. Local theatre goers will remember her from the stage, in such roles as Marian Paroo (Music Man), Delilah Strict (Zombie Prom), Velma Kelly (Chicago), and Ado Annie (Oklahoma), to name a few. She began choreographing in 1995 and has staged dances for dozens of shows including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Girl, Chicago, and The Music Man. Katie has worked as the Dance Director at the Reif Center for much of the past 16 years. She also co-founded the Grand Rapids Players Summer Children’s Theatre Camp were she was able to stage several of the plays she has written. Between her tenures at the Reif Center, Katie has traveled and studied arts and culture around the world. She lived in Maui for a time where she studied Hula. She lived in Colorado where she studied fencing and martial arts, in London where she earned her TEFL certification, and she lived in Turkey where she taught English. While she doesn’t plan to stop learning new things, she is excited to share some of what she has learned with all of you at Young At Art!