Vance Smith joined Stage Left Theatre as Artistic Director in the fall of 2009. His Stage Left credits include directing George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion (a co-production with BoHo Theatre), Beau Willimon’s Farragut North, Andrew Hinderaker’s Kingsville, as well as Mother Bear (LeapFest 7) and Autonomy (LeapFest 10), both by Jayme McGhan. Stage Left performance credits include Jeff Goode’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, M.E.H. Lewis’s Fellow Travellers and Peter Nichol’s A Day in the Death of Joe Egg later this season. In 2007, Vance founded Black Sheep Productions, where directed Steve Spencer’s Another Day in the Empire and Camp Freedom!, Andy Gershenzon’s The End and produced Will Eno’s The Flu Season. He has also directed workshops, one-acts and readings for Theatre Seven, Chicago Dramatists and the side project. As an actor Vance has 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. Vance attended the School at Steppenwolf in 2004 and graduated from Tulane University.