( 1955- )
Beverly Smith-Dawson was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University where she earned a BS in zoology in 1976 and a master's degree in health services administration in 1979. After experiencing what Smith-Dawson refers to as an early "mid-life career crisis," she left hospital administration for theatre. Although her initial interest was playwriting, Smith-Dawson entered the MFA directing program at the Yale School of Drama in order to learn all aspects of theatre. She now divides her time between playwriting and her directing career.
Smith-Dawson's diverse theatre work has taken her to San Francisco, New Haven, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. She has been an associate member of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis where she was a Jerome Fellow from 1988 to 1989; she also worked with the Children's Theatre of Minneapolis which commissioned her to write On the Wings of the Hummingbird. She was the A. L. Hughes Fellow in Directing at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., in 1990. The many productions for which she served as assistant director include Des McAnuff production of A Walk in the Woods on Broadway and Lloyd Richards's production of Joe Turner's Come and Gone for the Yale Repertory Theatre. Smith-Dawson currently resides in New York City where she is founder and artistic producer of Stormy Weather Productions (SWP). She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
In her plays, Beverly Dawson-Smith often explores the tenuous bonds of love and familial duty by focusing on the dysfunctional family unit. Her Medea is