Gene Franklin Smith studied with renowned playwright, poet and Russian translator, F.D. Reeve at Wesleyan University where Gene’s first play, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night was produced. Other produced works include Adults in Love, Life Beneath the Roses (winner James Ellis Memorial Award), Created Equal, Rubicon and Go Thy Way With Joy. Gene was the Founding Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory Company in Hollywood, where his plays Devil’s Consort, Transports of the Heart and Charles Dickens’ Bleak House received their world premieres. While living in Toronto, Ontario for three years, Gene’s successful anthology series Haunted Masters and More Haunted Masters – one-act plays adapted from Victorian and Edwardian ghost and horror stories – were produced at Spadina Museum by the Troubled Souls Collective as a site-specific theatre event. In 2008, the world premiere of Boise, USA was produced in Los Angeles by the Salem K Theatre Company and was featured on NPR’s “All Things Concerned”. Gene’s screenplay adaptation of Boise, USA won the 2008 Creative World Awards for Best Drama. In 2013-14, Gene was Artistic Director of Malibu Playhouse, which produced world premiere of his play Flim Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter and where he directed his updated adaptation of Noel Coward’s The Vortex. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and a magician member of the Academy of Magical Arts. For more information, visit www.genefranklinsmith.com.