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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." 


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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.


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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.



Music Production Team

Led by Emmy Award-Winning producer Jonathan Bey, TrackCrafters provides film score composition and state-of-the-art music production, including mixing and mastering, for MisterDuke Production projects. 

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