Best Budding Playwright and Local Actor

PURE Theater’s Michael Smallwood

Staff Pick

If you’ve seen any of the last two years of productions at PURE Theater, you’re likely familiar with Michael Smallwood. The charismatic actor wowed in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity — a play about racism in professional wrestling — playing the underdog Puerto Rican wrestler Mace. He was so good that Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte recruited him to reprise the role. But Smallwood is more than just a thespian, the leading man has also gained acclaim for his playwriting work, and that’s why we think he’s one to watch.
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