CHAD ERIC SMITH
Founder & Owner
Chad Eric Smith is an award-winning, creative, and innovative visionary and storyteller. With over 15 years of experience as a versatile character actor, Smith is a consummate performer, both on stage and on the big screen. In 2010, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the African American Council on the Arts (AACTA) awarded Smith two Onyx Awards, one for 'Best Leading Actor in a Musical' for his role as Walter Lee Younger in the Kuntu Repertory Theatre's production of Raisin, and the other for 'Best Supporting Actor in a Musical' for his role as Wilson Pickett in the New Horizon Theater production of I Gotcha! The Story of Joe Tex and the Soul Clan.
As a film actor, Smith is known for his chameleonic ability to transform himself for any role he embodies. Whether playing a vampire with an irrational fear of blood in the comedy Dark Therapy, a mysterious Muslim drifter in the horror feature film The Suffering, a Black nationalist and atheist in the political drama Four Points, or a troubled young physicist in the sci-fi drama Fatherless, Smith has proven he can play anyone and has a desire to be involved in thought-provoking projects.
In 2017, he founded MisterDuke Productions as a way to provide professional consultation to other creatives, empower himself as a producer of content, and ensure ownership stake in the projects to which he devotes so much time and passion. That same year, Smith wrote, produced, and directed the short psychological sci-fi drama Rumination, about a heartbroken man who travels into the past for a second chance at a failed relationship. The film screened at over 30 film festivals nationwide and won over 20 awards before being released on Amazon Prime Video, kweli TV, The Laurel Channel, and Trindie.
In 2019, Washington, DC's Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment named Smith the
October Filmmaker of the Month.
Smith currently resides in Philadelphia, PA, where he also serves as the Director of Communications and Brand Management at Mural Arts Philadelphia, "the nation’s largest public art program,
dedicated to the belief that art ignites change."
IN THE NEWS
ACTING TO ACTIVISM W/ CHAD ERIC SMITH (ALT SPRING BREAK PHILLY EDITION)
Alternative Spring Break is back to provide youth with a virtual field trip to learn about creative career paths in major cities across the U.S. We went to Philly to talk with Chad Eric Smith, a filmmaker (MisterDuke Productions) and the Dir. of Communications & Brand Management for Mural Arts Philadelphia.
MEET THE TEAM
Director of Public Relations & Special Events
Nina Harrison, the Director of Public Relations & Special Events, is a proud native of Washington, DC. She is a graduate of The George Washington University School of Business with a Professional Certificate in Event Management and brings to the company over 15 years of experience coordinating film screenings, red carpet premieres, industry mixers, and more.
Nina is responsible for leading, planning, and executing fundraising initiatives. In addition, she engages regional and national art communities and responds to the needs of clients, sponsors, and partners.
Voice Over Artist
John Easterbrook - J. Brooks - A "Swiss Army Knife of Media Talent" born an hour outside Philly in Reading, working out of DC the political hotbed, J. is a Broadcaster, Sportscaster, Voice/Stage/TV Actor, Narrator and Writer, who has worked in all formats of Radio; Locally, Nationally, Internationally with CBS, Westwood One, NFL Network, ESPN, NFLPA, Fox Sports, The Weather Channel and SiriusXM to name a few-currently at WTOP Radio in Washington DC. A mentor who works with young and upcoming broadcasters, some, on the Spectrum and is and has been pursuing Voice Characterization (cartoon voicing) his life long dream.
Voice Over Artist
Kevin Walker – Sleepwalker – was born in the 1970s in Queens to a Jamaican immigrant family. He grew up in the Washington, DC area. For almost two decades he cared for children from babyhood through elementary school-age as a teacher and after-school leader. Throughout the duration of that career he also worked as a professional singer-songwriter, associated with groups including Northstarr International and Inkwell and the Freeword. At present, he sings with the Wammie Award-winning reggae band Shamans of Sound, and is a voice actor and coach. Inspired by the conflict and racism to which the Trump era gave birth, Sleepwalker has become an online activist seeking to connect with and challenge the assumptions of people he’d be unlikely to meet in real life.
Voice Over Artist
Crystal Judkins – Xperience J – is a self published author, poet, songwriter and an all around creative from Alexandria, Virginia. She is the co-founder of Two Pens and a Grind Publications, where she continues to self publish diverse and creatively provocative reads for all to enjoy. Her latest release, “Onyx McFly Saves the Day!,” is a fabulous children’s book which will delight and inspire young children to be their own superhero. Aside from writing, Crystal is also a freelance voice over artist and is currently creating her very own scripted podcast series which she hopes to release in the fall/winter 2019.