Andrina Smith is a storyteller, writer, and performer who graduated from Emerson College with a theatre degree in a pre-Hamilton world. She knew if she wanted to see stories like hers, she’d have to write them. Growing up Shinnecock in the Hamptons (where her tribe is located), her work frequently explores identity, race, and the experience of 1%-adjacent life. She trained at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater so she could explore all of those constructs, but in a funny way. Prior to all theatre going dark, she performed monthly with Like Butter, her sketch team at The PIT in NYC.
Andrina was a 2019 Watermill Center artist in residence, a 2020 AIP Fellow, and a 2021 Snowed-In Artist in Residence. Her collaboration with Facebook, “The Darker Red Road,” received over 3.3 million views and has garnered her the coveted title “cool, artsy cousin.” Her work has been seen at UCB, Guild Hall, The PIT, The HERE Arts Center, and The Watermill Center for the Arts. Her writing has been featured in Edible East End and Native Max Magazine. Andrina is a teaching artist who spends more time arguing Pre- Contact/Colonial NY history on the internet than a person should (FYI: Brooklyn is Rockaway and Canarsie Territory, not Lenape Hoking). Currently she spends her time between Brooklyn and The Shinnecock Reservation, where she’s working on a masterpiece: her tiny house. Surprisingly, it is not as easy as YouTube makes it seem.