Vance Smith is a producer, director and actor living in Chicago. He was the Artistic Director at Stage Left Theatre from 2009-2016. Directing credits include The Coward, Farragut North, Kingsville (Stage Left), Pygmalion (BoHo Theatre and Stage Left), Cheaper by the Dozen (Fox Valley Repertory), Another Day in the Empire, The End, and Camp Freedom! (Black Sheep Productions). He has also directed workshops, one-acts and readings for Theatre Seven, Chicago Dramatists and the side project. As an actor Vance most recently appeared in The Firestorm (Stage Left) and has also worked with Steppenwolf, Mary Arrchie, Lifeline, Timeline, Hypocrites, Remy Bumppo, Northlight, Victory Gardens, Factory, and many others. He received a Jeff Nomination for best supporting actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming at Mary Arrchie Theatre. Television credits include Chicago Fire (NBC) and a short-lived dating show on the Food Network (which he won). Vance attended the School at Steppenwolf in 2004 and graduated from Tulane University.