Ryan J-W Smith is a critically acclaimed international actor with over two decades of experience in film, TV and theatre.
On stage, Smith has garnered high praise from critics when playing leading roles in productions including Candida, A Doll’s House, Translations, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and in his own critically-acclaimed verse plays. For his performance in his one-man show, New World Order, critics lauded Ryan with multiple 4 and 5-star reviews and he was nominated for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award.
In 2015, Smith starred in his Love Labours Won on Hollywood Theatre Row, winning both The International Award and an Encore! producers’ Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Ryan expanded upon these accolades in 2016 by starring in his multiple award-winning comedy MacDeth! which also won the Hollywood Fringe International Award and an Encore! producers’ Award and was also nominated for the Comedy Award. Smith also starred concurrently in his other new comedy, the award-nominated The Bard Gets Hard!
On screen, Ryan has performed supporting roles in film and TV alongside household names such as Patrick Bergin, Malcolm McDowell, Pauline Quirk and Neil Stuke. He played the title role in his short film, The Poet Cursed (2012), which premiered in the Short Film Corner at the 65th Cannes Film Festival and was an official selection at 7 other international film festivals.
Ryan stars in (and writes and directs) the forthcoming feature 2plus2makes4, which also stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ed Asner, Tony-nominated Daniel Sunjata, Professor Noam Chomsky and the late and legendary Emmy-nominated Gore Vidal.
for his one-man show, New World Order:
“a performance with unadulterated feeling and passion”
“One-man epic…hard-hitting…superbly performed throughout”
quickly go and see”
“Smith moves tirelessly between the three characters…an incredible play…a compelling, challenging piece of theatre”3 Weeks
“Smith powerfully manages to hold the audience…stunning and convincingly delivered”List Magazine
“Smith’s honest, gritty delivery…weaves a tale of villainy and deceit of truly epic proportions”
“Few performances I’ve seen have been as gripping, touching and perceptive as New World Order… It’s rare to find a one-man show that’s engaging, entertaining and insightful… Transitions between the three characters are so smooth it’s easy to forget there is only one person on stage. Smith’s conviction is overwhelming and enlightening, generating critical thought on the state of things today.”Amy Bradney-George