J. Isaiah Smith is an Internationally Known and Best-Selling Playwright, Composer and Lyricist. He has worked with, and alongside, several Broadway composers, playwrights, performers, and stars. He has written a best-selling play that has been performed across the globe in South Africa, The UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and across the USA. He is also the composer/lyricist/music director for his Musical Theatre Album, live onstage, titled “What A Kid Did With a Piano”.
THE STORY OF J. ISAIAH SMITH/BIO:
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In 2015, J. Isaiah Smith was an aspiring writer of songs, lyrics and stage plays. He was a junior in high school and was greatly inspired by his peers to write a play titled The Fourth Wall for his senior directed one act. Unfortunately, he was unable to perform/direct the one act play he had written as he also found himself performing in local theatre shows professionally. So, after graduating high school in 2016, he took his play to the publishers of the world to see if anyone would be interested in publishing his work.
In late 2016, J. Isaiah heard back from Off The Wall Plays Publishing Company based in the UK and The Republic of Congo. Very interested in the publishing the show, Off The Wall Plays and J. Isaiah Smith both signed a contract that would allow the play to be available for online sales. In little over a year, his play was a best seller with the company and had been performed in several different countries and states within the US, standing out due to it's unique style, concept, and appeal to younger actors and actresses.
Inspired by The Fourth Wall's success, he published two more plays (The Dummies Guide to Saving the USA & The Great Incan Treasure of Confusion) in the coming years, one that was performed at The Papermill Playhouse, New Jersey, USA, in 2018.
Whilst writing plays, he was also studying/teaching himself to compose music and craft lyrics as he wrote several independent stand alone songs and was hard at work at a full scale musical.
In 2018, J. Isaiah Smith took one of his favorite pieces to Omaha Performing Arts first ever open mic night, and won the opportunity to perform a 2 hour set pre-show at the Holland Center. With only but an hour of music, he dove deep into composing and writing his first ever musical theatre album, What A Kid Did With A Piano. After extremely positive feedback, and with the help of several of his close friends the show was remounted as it's own stand-a-lone show on July 27th, 2019 in concert, at Omaha Community Playhouse.
J. Isaiah Smith aims to be a renowned composer with works featured in films, on the radio, and on the Broadway stage. He wants his plays to make their way into film adaptions and touch even more places across the globe as well as Broadway.
Music, art, creation; these are all gifts, and gifts should be shared!