Robert Ellis Smith as Actor

Privacy Journal Publisher Robert Ellis Smith is also an actor.

From July 26 to August 11 he will appear in the 13th Annual One-Act Play Festival at the Artists Exchange in Cranston RI, 401/​490-9475.


He last appeared in "Down the Mountain and Across the Stream," a N.Y. Fringe Festival award-winning play by Jacob Shore, at Roger Williams University Performing Arts Center (The Barn) in Bristol RI in June.

Smith completed a successful run as Dr. Fine in “Six Degrees of Separation” at New Bedford’s Your Theatre in March 2018. He’s “sincere and well spoken,” said South Coast Today in a review. Said the director, “You did a wonderful job with Dr. Fine. I never had to worry about you.”

Before that he played Nunzio Cristano in the New England Repertory Company's production of "Over the River and Through the Woods" in Sharon. Mass., in April.
He played Dr. Will Gruber in “The Man From Earth” on stage at Attleboro Community Theatre in Massachusetts in May 2016. In Motif magazine, Providence, R.I., theater critic Michael Bilow described, “a uniformly excellent cast in a captivating production” and singled out Smith “as the ever more forceful psychiatrist Gruber, in a superb performance.”

The Sun-Chronicle said: “If you are looking for something to challenge your mind, this is play for you! . The conclusion with Ed Benjamin and Robert Ellis Smith is earth-shattering and will leave audiences in awe.” Reporter-Today newspaper called the play “a unique and stirring theatrical experience.”

Previously, Smith appeared as Dr. Josiah Bartlett in “1776” also at MMAS Black Box Theatre in June 2015, as Herrick in the RI Stage Ensemble’s presentation of “The Crucible” in October 2015, and as Adam in “As You Like It” in an outdoor Shakespeare performance in August 2015 in Providence.

He completed an 11-performance run of the stage production of “Harold and Maude” based on the popular film, at MMAS Black Box Theatre, in February 2015. The Sun and Chronicle in Attleboro said in a review, “Also turning in a fine performance is Robert Ellis Smith as the beleaguered Father Finnegan, who tries to minister to each of the characters.” The same reviewer liked his comedic portrayal of Oxenby in “The Dresser” at the same theater in 2016.

In July 2014 in Epic Theatre in Cranston, R.I., Smith performed an acclaimed monologue in “Leaving RI,” Kevin Broccoli’s multi-week fantasy about random citizens ordered to leave the state of Rhode Island. “Wonderful job in the show,” said Broccoli of Smith’s performance.

Months earlier Robert Smith, in his stage debut, completed a nine-performance run as Juror Nine in “Twelve Angry Men” with Attleboro Community Theater. In a review, the Sun and Chronicle singled out Smith’s performance saying the total production was “compelling, and “Juror Nine, played by Robert Ellis Smith, is an older man and has a quiet approach in presenting his views.”

The director, Alex Aponte, said, “Your debut was phenomenal. You take great direction. You were always finding ways to improve your character. You were very convincing in your physical movements, and it paid off every night.”

Smith played two roles in the ensemble of “The Sound of Music” with Backstage Players Company in Clinton, Conn., in six performances in 2014 and returned to the Backstage Company in March 2015 to play in the ensemble and the role of Sergeant O’Reilly in “The Producers.”

He has played five film roles, including the bereaved grandfather in “Infinite Spirits of the Great Blue,” the lead role in an independent film by Mike Fortin of Enue Studios in Rhode Island. Most lately, he appears as the King of Spades in "Down the Rabbit Hole" filmed by the South County Short Movie Club in Rhode Island in August 2017. Earlier in the summer he appeared as an extra in "Cars That Built America," a series on Discovery Channel that aired in August.

He also appears in the national TV commercial for MobileHelp, a call-button service for elder persons.

He plays Roger, the estranged father, in “Thanksgiving,” by Messier Productions, also based in Rhode Island. "The acting is excellent" said a film review at the web site loudgreenbird.com. "Thanksgiving" was voted an audience favorite at the Southern New England Film Festival in Providence in April 2016. And Smith plays a sports writer in a non-speaking role in “Bleed for This,” the mainstream film with Miles Teller as R.I. boxer Vinnie Pazienza (2016).

Smith played Old Adam in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" in outdoor performances in Providence in August 2015 .

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Smith took two roles in the ensemble of “The Sound of Music” with Backstage Players Company in Clinton, Conn., in six performances in March 2014. He returned to the Backstage Company in March 2015 to play in the ensemble and the role of Sergeant O'Reilly in “The Producers.” Immediately after "The Producers" in the summer of 2015, he portrayed Dr. Josiah Bartlett in the musical drama "1776" presented by MMAS, Mansfield, Mass.

In July 2014 in Epic Theatre in Cranston, R.I., Smith performed an acclaimed monologue in “Leaving RI,” Kevin Broccoli’s multi-week fantasy about random citizens ordered to leave the state of Rhode Island. “Wonderful job in the show,” said Broccoli of Smith’s performance.

In 2004, Smith wrote and performed “Buddy and Me,” a collection of funny stories told to him by former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci, in the Empire Theatre on Block Island.

He studied acting with Mike Messier in the summer of 2013 and with Steve Blackwood in 2014.

Smith is a journalist who uses his training as an attorney to report on individuals’ rights to privacy. He publishes Privacy Journal newsletter and has written a dozen books on the subject. He is a frequent public speaker, having appeared before more than 500 trade associations, university groups, and civil-liberties groups. He has appeared on national television interview programs more than 70 times in his career and on radio about 200 times. He is a regular radio voice on WWL New Orleans and WPRI in Providence. Formerly he was a regular contributor to “Marketplace,” the business news program on public radio.

Smith has taught courses at Harvard College, University of Maryland, Roger Williams School of Law, Emerson College, and Brown University. A 1962 graduate of Harvard, Smith received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976.

Robert Ellis Smith was born in Rhode Island and was later a resident of Washington, D.C., from 1970 to 1986. He returned to Rhode Island in 1986 and has lived in Providence and on Block Island. He served on the town council on Block Island from 2004 to 2006.

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