James Conrad Smith

   holds two degrees in vocal performance: a B.M. from Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ) and an M.M. from the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University (Bloomintgton, IN). Since 2017, he has shifted his focus towards musical theatre and he has  performed and directed across the country in both musical theatre and light opera.

For a full list of performance credits, you can click the Download Full Resume button or scroll below for a select list.

As stage director, James has enjoyed working across a wide spectrum of ages and genres: he founded the Young Artists' Initiative in 2013 and directed The Pirates of Penzance and Don Giovanni (2014). In 2016 and '18, he was the stage director for Shrek The Musical Jr. and Seussical Jr. at a local children's theater camp (ages 9-14). When he was with the Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre in 2017, James was a scene director for children and teens in their age-respective "Rising Star" camps associated with the festival. In 2019 he was invited to be the resident stage director for New Jersey Vocal Arts Collaborative and their inaugural production of Le nozze di Figaro for emerging opera artists. In 2020, he helped organize N.J.V.A.C.'s summer virtual summit in which he offered masterclasses and seminars on acting for the operatic stage.

The shutdown of theaters - and theatre in general - due to the pandemic has forced many companies to adventure into the virtual unknown: In the Fall of 2020, James joined Chicago's Transgressive Theatre-Opera as a video designer utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite to conjure a Handel obscurity, Beauty's Truth, into existence with artists across the country.


Location: NJ / NYC

Union Status: EMC, AGMA

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 165 lbs.

Eye Color: Hazel

Hair Color: Brown

Vocal Range:



  extends up to C6

Audio from the premier performance of "Reflection: Innocent Thoughts About Peace" at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in March 2014. MSU Vocal Accord, Heather J. Buchanan conductor, Steven Ryan piano

Aside from theater, James is a private voice teacher, substitute teacher (NJ certified K-12), and church cantor. He has also found a niche in both calligraphy and composition/orchestration (Sibelius > Finale... #sorrynotsorry). In 2013, his piece "Reflection: Innocent Thoughts About Peace" won the inaugural Cali Choral Composition Competition (Montclair State University) adjudicated by Morten Laurdisen. "Reflection" premiered at Carnegie Hall in March 2014 presented by MSU's Vocal Accord under the baton of Heather J. Buchanan.  

Paramount among his many hobbies, James has been an avid Titanic historian since kindergarten having devoured all things Titanic he can find: films, books, music, models, food, museums, etc. This, in union with his love for the Harry Potter book series, has also made him a passionate Anglophile - the outlet for which he turns to the likes of Downton Abbey, The Great British Bake Off, and all things UK found on the BBC or PBS.

The day after Halloween, you can normally find James beginning to decorate for Christmas: another childhood obsession that has grown throughout the years. Unsurprisingly, a dream role of his is Buddy in Elf the musical.

Jimmy the Elf, what's your favorite colo

Other hobbies include: cooking, baking, hiking, and being in nature.

Musical Theatre

NEWSIES (2019-20) at the White Plains Performing Arts Center

From L-R: James Conrad Smith, Mark Bradley Miller, Jamie Zeidman, Chris McHugh

Sierra Repertory Theatre | CAMELOT

Sir Dinadan

White Plains Performing Arts Center | NEWSIES

Seitz / Pulitzer Understudy

Oregon Cabaret Theatre | SWEEENEY TODD

Adolpho Pirelli

The Princeton Festival | SHE LOVES ME

Steven Kodaly

Alvin Ailey CitiGroup Theatre | MY PRINCESS DIANA: A NEW MUSICAL

Prince Charles -- Benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Downtown Cabaret Theatre | LEGALLY BLONDE

Warner Huntington III

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LEGALLY BLONDE (2018) at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre

Also featured: Monica Brown as Elle Woods

Feinstein's 54/Below | WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW?



staged reading, new musical

White Plains Performing Arts Center | THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Fr. Dupin / Official

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre | THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Jehan Frollo

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre | The USIC MAN

Charlie Cowell






Also featured: Hanne Ladefoged-Dollase, Marquise de Berkenfield

Light Opera of New Jersey | DAUGHTER OF THE REGIRMENT


Light Opera of New Jersey | PATTERMANIA!

Patter Soloist, Gilbert & Sullivan musical revue

Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre | THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Major-General Stanley (Cover)

Young Artists' Initiative | DON GIOVANNI

Don Giovanni

Young Artists' Initiative | THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE

Major-General Stanley

Blooming Voce Summer Workshop | COSI FAN TUTTE


Children's Outreach

Opera Theatre of Montclair | DIE ZAUBERFLOTE


Re-Imagining Opera for Kids (R.O.K.) | THE MAGIC FLUTE

Papageno / Sarastro

Indiana University

Education &

M.M. Vocal Performance | Indiana University | Tim Noble, Terea Kubiak​

B.M. Vocal Performance | Montclair State University | Peter R. Gillis

VOICE: Peter van Derick (current)

COACHES: Peter Leigh-Nilsen, Mary Pinto, Walter Huff

Special Skills

Licensed (NJ) Driver

Music: sight reading, composing, orchestration, piano

Falsetto (think Tiny Tim - up to C6)

Accents: British RP, French, German, Italian, Scottish, Russian