Dayna Smith

Dayna Smith

Dayna Smith is a Boise-based playwright, dramaturg and director with a BA in Theatre Arts, Dramatic Writing from Boise State University. Dayna has worked as a playwright and dramaturg at The Kennedy Center; Seven Devils New Play Foundry; Echo Theatre Company; HMBG Foundation's National Winter Playwright's Retreat; HomeGrown Theatre; Boise Contemporary Theater; Little Theater of Alexandria; and the...
Dayna Smith is a Boise-based playwright, dramaturg and director with a BA in Theatre Arts, Dramatic Writing from Boise State University. Dayna has worked as a playwright and dramaturg at The Kennedy Center; Seven Devils New Play Foundry; Echo Theatre Company; HMBG Foundation's National Winter Playwright's Retreat; HomeGrown Theatre; Boise Contemporary Theater; Little Theater of Alexandria; and the Boise State University Theatre Majors' Association. Her plays have been finalists for Unicorn Theatre, The Playwrights' Center, and semifinalists for Seven Devils New Play Foundry, Headwaters New Play Festival and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She has worked for Seven Devils New Play Foundry, The Playwrights' Center and Boise Contemporary Theater. Dayna is also a recipient of a Higher Education Research Council Undergraduate Fellowship and an Idaho Commission on the Arts Quickfunds Grant. Additionally, she is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of Boise's Campfire Theatre Festival.

Plays

  • The Official & Otherworldly Cure for Misery & Melancholy (also: HOW ABOUT WE JUST SWING?)
    [IN PROGRESS] Two queer women with their own baggage cross paths in a small town; a physicist grapples with the death of his mother; a strange, glowing crystal from the surface of Jupiter begins to affect humans here on Earth. This is a story about The Big Bang, falling in love, and searching for the thing that's enough to keep you here.
  • A Land of Plenty
    [WORK IN PROGRESS] FULL LENGTH PLAY: A brave group of pioneers make the pilgrimage west in search of a better life. As winter rapidly approaches and the travelers are trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains, some rise to meet the challenge of survival and some have a long way to fall. A story of determination, responsibility and of the American dream, A Land of Plenty examines what American families in search of prosperity really look like.
  • Nuclear Family
    [WORK IN PROGRESS] FULL LENGTH PLAY: It’s the not so distant future and robots are working our jobs, running our families and fulfilling our every need. DAD, MOM, SON and DAUGHTER live a seemingly normal middle-class American life with the assistance of their household bot NiNa, but with every gain there is a cost. Can the family stay connected in a world where the definitions of "love" and "...
    [WORK IN PROGRESS] FULL LENGTH PLAY: It’s the not so distant future and robots are working our jobs, running our families and fulfilling our every need. DAD, MOM, SON and DAUGHTER live a seemingly normal middle-class American life with the assistance of their household bot NiNa, but with every gain there is a cost. Can the family stay connected in a world where the definitions of "love" and "humanity" become more and more ambiguous as the years press on?
  • The Burnouts
    FULL LENGTH PLAY: Teetering on the edge of adulthood, Kate, Tim and Marco's futures are blank slates. But when a prank goes terribly wrong and leaves a classmate dead, their options begin to unravel. Can they push past their demons to live lives they can be proud of, or are they destined to be burnouts forever?
  • To Be An Invincible Woman
    TEN MINUTE PLAY: Eleanor was the First Lady. Amelia was a record-breaking pilot. They're both dead. In TO BE AN INVINCIBLE WOMAN, two historical women and best friends meet again in whatever place waits beyond death to face the way they were separated, what they could have been and what they were.
  • The Everlasting Dream
    FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES, ONE ACT: When her classmate refuses to let her play baseball with the boys and her friend Connor fails to stick up for her, Alexis feels she'll never be seen as equal. A whirlwind of frustration and a foul ball later, and Alexis and Connor are sent back in time to the 1930s-- a time where equal treatment of others is notably absent and discrimination is in full force. They meet Marty,...
    FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES, ONE ACT: When her classmate refuses to let her play baseball with the boys and her friend Connor fails to stick up for her, Alexis feels she'll never be seen as equal. A whirlwind of frustration and a foul ball later, and Alexis and Connor are sent back in time to the 1930s-- a time where equal treatment of others is notably absent and discrimination is in full force. They meet Marty, a doubtful boy without much faith in the possibility of change-- only to find out "Marty" is actually young Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As Alexis and Connor try to find out a way to get home, the changes they make to the past affect the future. Can they convince Marty to rise to find his place in history? And can they make any progress against discrimination with just some hope and an old textbook at their fingertips?