Kelundra Smith is a theatre critic and arts journalist whose mission is to connect people to cultural experiences, and each other, through powerful storytelling. Currently, she writes articles for lifestyle and arts publications and speaks to students about arts criticism. Some of her favorite editorial projects include re-introducing the world to the Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me (The New York Times), covering the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), attending the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Center in New London, Conn., acting as a participant journalist at theater artist Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements documentary theater workshop in Amherst, Mass.(Dramatics Magazine), and covering the Piccolo Spoleto and Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, S.C. (The Charleston Post & Courier). Areas of interest include: visual and performing arts, theatre created by artists from marginalized communities, world travel, the future of arts criticism, and arts education.
She has also worked with small businesses, universities, and non-profits to identify the untold stories within their organizations that will most resonate with their audiences. Past clients include the Alliance Theatre, Rialto Center at Georgia State University, The National Poetry Slam, The Money Mammals credit union kids club, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse Stage, and DO Strategy Group. Her areas of expertise are content writing for print and digital media and publication management.
She is a graduate of the Goldring Arts Journalism master’s degree program at Syracuse University and she received her undergraduate degrees in journalism and theater from the University of Georgia. She is also a proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association and The Atlanta Press Club. Her long-term goals are to land on The New York Times bestseller list, open a late-night dessert restaurant, and write a successful television series.