Diane Smith-Sadak

Associate Professor

Diane Smith-Sadak

Contact Information

Center for the Arts
Room 3034
By Appointment


MFA, Directing, Florida State College

Areas of Expertise



An Associate Professor of Acting and Directing for the past 14 years at Towson University’s prestigious Department of Theatre Arts, Smith-Sadak received her M.F.A. in Directing from Florida State University and is a graduate of Union College where she holds a BA in Economics and Political Science. She was a member of Actors Equity Association for 21 years, and is an Associate Artist and Member of the Roy Hart Theatre and Center for International Voice in Thoiras, France. She is a private acting and voice coach for actors and singers as well as people who want to improve public speaking, interviewing and job-performance skills and specializes in ensemble and team-building utilizing theatre as a metaphor and model for strong ensemble and personal development. She began at Towson in Fall 1999 and headed the Acting Program in the undergraduate division of the Department of Theatre Arts for 4 years before taking on the position of Program Director of the unique interdisciplinary MFA program in theatre which she held for 2 years. Just before coming to Towson, Smith-Sadak spent a year as Visiting Professor of Acting and Voice at the Korean National University of Arts. She has taught guest workshops at Dartington College in England 2001; University of Rajasthan in India 2003; at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, Australia 2002; in St. Petersburg, Russia 2004, and has taught guest workshops in movement and voice at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy in 2006 and in Athens, Greece in 2007. She has studied extended vocal techniques at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and at the Roy Hart International Voice Institute at Malerargues, France in July 2005 and 2008. Prof. Smith-Sadak spent 2 years as the Convener of the Theory and Practice of Performance Working Group for the International Federation for Theatre Research. She has published a chapter entitled, The Soul Of The Story: Blending Hart, Bogart and Suzuki in A Curricular Shift for the Globalized American Actor in a book entitled Ethnicity and Identity: Global Performance, Rajasthan Press, 2003. In January of 2003 she presented her paper on the work of Roy Hart and its application to global performance at the annual conference in Jaipur, India. In 2004 Prof. Sadak attended an IFTR Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia to workshop new research on using Buddhist workbooks as a foundation for advanced actor training, and in 2012 continued that work from her unique course in self-generated theatre based upon the Self as archaeological tool for theatrical fodder in a workshop with a visiting Russian delegation to the United States in a similar workshop at Towson University. In the past several years, Ms. Smith-Sadak has created roles in new work; playing Janis Joplin in a concert/theatre piece entitled Legends: A Concert by Binnie Ritchie Holum in 2003 and in 2004; and in A Cave In The Sky by Juanita Rockwell in 2002. She participated in a one-night fundraiser as M’Lynn for Iron Crow’s reading of Steel Magnolias in 2011. Smith-Sadak’s most recent work is an original show entitled CRACKeD, based on her personal journey with bipolar disorder, for which she was awarded a Faculty Development Research grant and has been given two staged readings in 2008 and 2012 and is currently continuing its developmental process. Smith-Sadak spent several years in California, where she worked at numerous theatre companies as an actor and director, as well as being a staff artist with the California Playwrights Project. She was awarded two years of grant funding as an artist in residence by the California Arts Council to build a theatre program for an at risk magnet school, and was on the founding Executive Board of the Actors Alliance of San Diego for three years. Ms. Smith-Sadak wrote, directed and performed in a one woman show entitled It's Not Funny, I'm Only Laughing which was produced at the Sushi Performance Gallery in San Diego for the first Actors Festival. In addition to her performance work and directing for the stage, Ms. Smith-Sadak has acted in industrial videos, directed for both the ITV network and KPBS in California and served as a television panelist and voice over actor in Seoul, Korea for Arirang television. Ms. Smith-Sadak's teaching spans 25 years and students from ages 6 through adult professionals. Applying the performing arts as a medium of personal growth and healing is a passion of Ms. Smith-Sadak’s, and it has brought her to places as diverse as the Oncology Ward at San Diego Hospital, the Kumeyaay Native American Reservation’s Emergency Youth Shelter, San Diego’s Juvenile Detention Center and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolence in Albany, NY. She resides in York, PA with her husband and fellow theatre professor Barry K. Smith and their two children.