Lorinda Hawkins Smith Bio


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Lorinda is an award-winning filmmaker and playwright, actor, author, advocate, and domestic violence survivor. 

While transitioning from homeless to housed, she completed the Master’s program gaining her MBA from the University of Phoenix where she truly feels like a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Her first love is theater, being in her first play in elementary school where she was the lead. Lorinda was first bit by the bug when she was a child model posing in print ads.


Then came piano lessons, glee club and more plays.

“Smeraldina” – “Servant of Two Masters,” Flintridge Prep

In the 90’s, Lorinda had small roles in TV (Living Single, The Wayans Bros) and full-time work with educational theater companies.

In the late 90’s – early 2000’s, her life changed drastically. She lost her mom tragically and her father became a missing person. Lorinda sought solace in a dysfunctional marriage which almost cost her life.

She attributes God for her escape. Bouts of homelessness followed the separation and divorce. She is now on her feet, fighting to be heard – fighting for her voice and others’.

Lorinda’s one woman show Justice? Or…Just Me? The Bite received the 2021 Hollywood Fringe Festival Diversity Scholarship awarded to productions with powerful community impact. The book of the same title is currently available on Amazon. Her multi-award winning short film, The Virus, is making its rounds in the film festival circuit.

She is currently teaching drama, performing, and leading workshops usually followed by Q & A.

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