Kyle Smolic (left)

creative multi-hyphenate

I have been immersed in the arts since I was 8, having had the unique experience of growing up on Theater Row at my family’s non-profit repertory theater, COLSAC. I spent most days and nights there instead of doing, you know, normal kid stuff like playing in a sandbox or tossing a ball or sneaking over to a friend’s house to burn some plants. Well, I did that too, but the point is my parents were pretty convinced I should be a lawyer for some reason. Jokes on them.

I was directly involved in over a hundred productions over the span of 10 years, breathing new life into the works of August Wilson, Lorraine Hansberrry, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Thorton Wilder, Ntozake Shange, Charles Dickens, and Shakespeare. We also toured and held special events at the Wiltern, Barnsdale, the Ivar, Stella Adler, Wilshire Ebell, The Actor’s Gang, Garden Pavilion, and The Complex.

In 2014, I launched a boutique production company where I directed and produced shorts, live performances, and music videos. I’ve also directed and produced ads and branded docs for brands such as Visa, Microsoft, Faircloth, and The UPS Store. I have photographed and/or toured with Sarah Walk, Ruby Rose, K. Michelle, Floyd Mayweather, and others.

Before I discovered the arts, I spent several years in a foster home and group home. These experiences alongside my theater upbringing shaped the way I see the world and my place in it. I’m passionate about stories centered around at-risk children, mental health, socio-economic equality of opportunity, and the future of tech.