DIRECTOR Larry Smith
Larry Smith serves as the Theatre Director at Milton High School and is credited for starting the Cirque program there– the only public high school to offer classroom instruction in circus arts.
Before coming to Milton, he spent 15 years at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School where he developed their theatre arts curriculum, and built it into a recognized, high-quality theatre program. Larry originated the Cirque program at Rabun Gap… writing, producing, and directing eight Cirques, three of which were invited to perform at Georgia Thespian conference. At Rabun Gap-Nacoochee, Larry also won regional and state one act play competitions and received Star Teacher Recognition.
His groundbreaking program also went on to provide original entertainment for the Georgia Independent School Association State Conference, as well as for the International Delegates from the Georgia Consulate. During his tenure there, Larry also served as Fine Arts Department Chair, and was one of the developers of MAD Fest, Rabun Gap’s popular annual arts festival.
Larry received a BFA in Theatre at Valdosta State University and a MAT in Secondary Education at Piedmont College. Before teaching, he was a performer at Six Flags Over Georgia’s Crystal Pistol, at Walt Disney World as a Kid of the Kingdom, as well as a convention entertainer. He was also in the cast of Hoop De Doo at Pioneer Hall, Fort Wilderness. Larry has worked in tech for both of those entertainment companies.
Larry has been recognized three times as Best Director at Georgia Theatre Conference, having won Best Show at GTC twice (both times while at Milton) and performed at Southeastern Theatre conference representing the state of Georgia- once in Atlanta and once in Chattanooga.
He has also served on the Georgia Thespian Chapter Board for nine years overseeing stage management and conference show selections, and served on the Georgia Theatre Conference State Board as Secondary Division Chair.
Larry is happily married to wife Nancy. They have two grown children; Abram, a professional artist, and Sarah, a professional actress. Larry and Nancy recently settled in a new home in Alpharetta. His hobbies include working out, cooking, reading, working in the yard, writing, travel, and spending as much time at the beach as possible.
DIRECTOR David Hopkins
David Hopkins has performed in every capacity of theatre over the last 30 years. He began acting, building sets, designing lights and working the soundboard at age 15. By the time he completed high school, he had worked on over thirty productions and served as Georgia State Thespian Student President.
He earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre from Auburn University. From there, he went on to earn his Masters in Theatre from the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he taught Oral Interpretation and Acting. He was a resident company member of The Hippodrome State Theatre, where he earned his (AEA, Actors Equity Association) union membership. Some of his acting credits include, Abner in Lil Abner, Jesus Christ Superstar, Into the Woods, Godspell, Annie Get your Gun, Marat Sade, The King and I, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet performed in Greece, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge in Moscow, and an experimental production of Einstein’s Dreams in Stockholm, Sweden.
Working with Bernard Telsey Casting (Telsey & Company Casting) in New York City, David helped cast Broadway shows such as Aida, Rent, Wit, Death of Salesman, De La Guarda. He also helped on the casting of films including Finding Forrester and Dead Presidents which gave him the experience to understand what it is like to be on both sides of the table. From soap opera work on Guiding Light to Off Broadway, from independent films and commercials to modeling, he was always working on the next project. While in New York he also became a member of AFTRA (American Federation of Radio and Television Artists).
Having lived in New York for many years, David came to the realization; “You can do GREAT WORK anywhere! You don’t have to be in NYC”. He and his wife Milla moved to the beach where he continued to work in professional theatre with the Seaside Repertory Theatre. At Seaside Rep, he worked with Rosemary Newcott from the Alliance Theatre and also served on the Board of Governors. David became a Lead Teacher at South Walton Montessori Academy where he taught every curriculum area for nine years and developed original theatre productions with children. It was in this environment that he developed his teaching philosophy; that all things are interconnected, each individual is unique, and everyone learns differently. “My goal is to inspire people and to create life-long lovers of learning”.
David loves to spend time with his wife, Milla and his son, Doc. He enjoys time in nature, camping, traveling, eating, mountain biking and surfing. His favorite things are to create exciting art, help others thrive, and to “get lost” in live music or theatre. He is looking forward to working with his new Milton family!
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Simeon Jones