We’re More Alike Than Different


In this episode of DanceCast, Wayne M. Smith shares his experience working with Playback Memphis and Company d. Through Playback Memphis, Wayne helps bring together police officers and formerly incarcerated individuals to build a performance on their cumulative experience. Wayne also teaches at Company d, a dance company comprised of young adults with Down syndrome. Reflecting on his experiences, he arrives at the conclusion we’re more alike than different.


Wayne M. Smith of Memphis, TN is a choreographer, performance artist, improviser and professor of dance. He produces work for his company SmithWorks, and is also part of the Memphis-based modern dance collective Project: Motion. He has taught, collaborated and improvised at the University of Mississippi, Emory University, Spelman College, Kent State University and Slippery Rock University. Currently, Wayne does community outreach with Playback Memphis and Company d. He holds an MFA in dance from Ohio State University and a BFA in theatre/dance from the University of Memphis, where he currently teaches.