Niegel Smith is a theater director and performance artist who sculpts social spaces into unique communal environments where we make new rituals, excavate our pasts and imagine future narratives. Directing credits include Southern Promises (The Flea, 2019), How to Catch Creation (Goodman Theatre, 2019), HYPE MAN: a break beat play (The Flea, 2018), Scraps (The Flea, 2018), Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Goodman Theatre, 2018), Syncing Ink (Alley Theater, 2017; The Flea, 2017), Take Care (The Flea, 2015-2016), Hir (Magic Theatre, 2014; Mixed Blood, 2015; Playwrights Horizons, 2015), A 24 Decade History of Popular Music… (New York Live Arts, et al., 2015), The Perils of Obedience (Abrons Arts Center, 2013–ongoing), and Neighbors (The Public Theater, 2010). His participatory performances have been produced by American Realness, Dartmouth College, The New Museum, Prelude Festival, PS 122, and the Van Alen Institute, among others. He is the Artistic Director of The Flea; Associate Artistic Director of Elastic City; and ringleader of Willing Participant – an artistic activist organization that whips up urgent poetic responses to crazy stuff that happens. www.niegelsmith.com.