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Lauren Smart - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Lauren Smart

Visiting Assistant Professor of English | Loyola Marymount University


Education (2)

Southern Methodist University: B.A. Journalism; B.A. English

Syracuse University: M.A., Arts Journalism

Accomplishments (7)

Critic in Residence, Shreveport Regional Arts Council

2015, 2018-2022

Hall of Fame, Collin College Theater Department


Associated Press Managing Editors, Community Service


Critic Fellow, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center


Digital Editing Fellowship, Chautauqua Institution


Graduate School Master’s Prize, Syracuse University


Visiting Critic, Chautauqua Institution


Affiliations (2)

  • Member, D-FW Theaters Critics Forum, 2013- 2017
  • Member, American Theatre Critics Association, 2012 - Present

Media Appearances (5)

Playwrights embedded in Dallas newsroom reflect the messiness of journalism in their new drama

Dallas Morning News  online


Playwrights grew out of a conversation between Southern Methodist University journalism professor and freelance arts writer Lauren Smart and The News’ assistant managing editor Tom Huang in the backyard of Oak Cliff’s Wild Detectives bookstore, where coincidentally Kastner and Mosley have performed many times.

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Journalist Lauren Smart Talks Social Media and Teaching

The Academic Designer  online


In this academic interview, Lauren and I talk about her courses and teaching practices at Southern Methodist. And we talk about her work with Storytellers Without Borders, an initiative at the Dallas Public Library that helps train future journalists.

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Journalism and Libraries: “Both Exist to Support Strong, Well-informed Communities”

Nieman Reports  online


Lauren Smart, Storytellers Without Borders program coordinator, notes one advantage of partnering with the library: a multitude of resources—including librarians themselves—that can help the student journalists with their work. For many of the participants, exposure to the library is an important element of the program. “I think, for a lot of the students, this is the first time they’ve walked into a Dallas public library. What the library is and how it functions [is something] that a lot of young people don’t understand in the 21st century,” says Smart, who teaches journalism at Southern Methodist University.

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Why a curator and arts writer think Dallas’ Cultural Plan isn’t really meant for artists

Dallas Morning News  online


The 112-page document took center stage for criticism at Tuesday night's Duets, a conversation series hosted by the Arts and Entertainment team at The Dallas Morning News. The discussion was led by Lauren Smart, journalist and arts writer, and Sofia Bastidas, gallery director and curator. Smart said she viewed the plan as a "pulse-taking of the Dallas arts." It was reported that in 2017, Dallas arts was an $891 million industry that was responsible for driving 33,000 jobs. To Smart, the plan was a way for the leaders to think about what the arts contribute to the city of Dallas.

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The State Of Arts Journalism

Art&Seek  online


In the last decade, newspapers both nationally and in North Texas have substantially cut the number of arts and culture writers they employ. Wednesday on Think, Krys Boyd talked about the relationship between arts journalism and the arts community with SMU journalism professor of practice Lauren Smart, Theater Jones editor Mark Lowry, artist and critic Christopher Blay, and Jerome Weeks with KERA’s Art and Seek.

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Event Appearances (5)

Talk on NFTs

Future of Art Collection  Shreveport Regional Arts Council



Art Pricing Workshop  Shreveport Regional Arts Council


Podcast Guest

Shakespeare Decoded  Online



How the Local Arts are Surviving  Dallas Startup Week



Playwrights in the Newsroom Project  Dallas Morning News


Articles (5)

Playwright Heidi Schreck has a personal relationship with the Constitution. Do you?

Dallas Morning News


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Dallas Art Fair’s success marks a step toward normalcy

Dallas Morning News


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An all-white cast at WaterTower Theatre has sparked outrage. After last summer, critics ask, ‘How?’

Dallas Morning News


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How fabled indie Dallas art space Oliver Francis Gallery was reborn, with a twist

Dallas Morning News


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‘Fire Bones’ melds audio, video, text and more in a show for the smartphone age

Dallas Morning News


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