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ACTOR, Singer, IMPROVISER, WRITER
ZOË with an ë
Yes, that's an "ë" in my name. An "e" with two dots. An e-diaeresis. An "e" with an umlaut. It's particular, I know. But it's kind of fun! Right? Right!
And that's just what I like: finding the fun. Hi! Nice to meet you. I'm Zoë. I'm an actor, singer, improviser, and writer based in Washington, D.C.
I graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2021 with a double major in Theatre and Public Policy. While there, I joined and led an improv comedy troupe, performed in plays, belted ballads in musicals, began writing my own shows, and dedicated myself to an ongoing practice of finding fun in art, humanity, and creativity.
On my mission, I moved to the nation's capital to pursue acting, take improv classes, and work in communications at a leading environmental research organization. (I know what you're thinking. Don't worry, saving the planet is super fun, too!)
Standing proudly at 5'2", I appreciate the stories that tackle "big" things in "little" ways. In school, I fell in love with Shakespeare's plays. All those big, big feelings driving every single character. Today, I welcome the challenge of communicating classical text to contemporary audiences, while also craving the rhythm and content of modern pieces. My interest lies in stage and screen works of all types that depict complicated, unique female characters. Most of all, I am passionate about telling women’s stories that are created and led by women.
Oh! I nearly forgot the most important part: fun!
I always have fun when I do what I love. So let's work together and we'll have a blast!
"Zoë Bowen Smith handles the femme fatale Fiona with suitably cool sass, even while playing the whole first act in a negligée. She and the leading man trade barbs as fast as machinegun fire and perform whiplash-risking dramatic snaps of the head. The actors deftly deliver lines that move so fast they sometimes outrun the characters, who take a few moments to realize that what they’ve just said makes no sense, and while they’re catching up, the conversation plows further into absurdity."
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