Michael St. John Smith is an experienced writer, established film actor and screenwriting instructor. He has written and co-written several original screenplays (two of them optioned) and has authored four stage plays, including the Jessie nominated Best Original Play, ‘Slaying Dragons’, ‘The Biz’ and ‘The Bridge’ (co-written with Michele Riml) for Pi Theatre and produced as a CBC podcast. His fourth play, ‘The Cull’ (also co-written with Michele Riml) is scheduled to open the 2020 Arts Club Season in September on the Granville Island Stage.
Michael has also written several commissioned screenplays. These include an adaptation of the Ivan Coyote novel, ‘Bow Grip’, with Telefilm Canada, ‘The Pen and the Sword’, an animated TV pilot for Devine Entertainment, and most recently, ‘Archangel’, an original sci-fi feature co-written with New York Times best-selling author, William Gibson, with support from the Harold Greenberg Fund. ‘Archangel’ was adapted as a graphic novel and is currently in development as a limited TV series with Copperheart Entertainment.
Working with Vancouver acting coach and teacher, Andrew McIlroy, Michael also created and facilitates ‘The Ring’, an interactive screenwriting workshop designed to guide writers in developing their own film and TV projects.
He graduated from Harvard University with honours in English Literature.