Cynthia "Symphony" Johnson-Smith

Cynthia "Symphony" J.

New Braunfels, TX

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Cynthia "Symphony" delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Symphony, has been teaching since 1995 and is currently available to teach lessons at her studio or online. In addition to being a popular open mic host, she is a certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer, and personal coach, director, teacher, writer, actress, poet, and spoken word artist. She received her training at U.C. Riverside where she earned degrees in both Theater and English. As an expert in her field, Symphony looks forward to helping new students reach their goals.


Theater Teacher/Director/Producer
Sep 1995 - Present
Artisan Leaders with New-Fangled Vision Productions


Malu-ALNV Productions; Don't Let Me Down Role-Mother- Cheryle Robinson-Williams-Cheryle Productions...Tituba-The Crucible--UC Riverside 3


UCR Student Playworks… Professor Rickerby Hines

Dickens: A Christmas Carol…Stand and Deliver…The Crucible...Grapes of Wrath...The Importance of Being Ernest...Royal Bachelor…Juvie…Much Ado About Nothing…Annie…Bye Bye Birdie…Fragile Souls (Original Play)…Fences…For Colored Girls…Grease…Arsenic and Old Lace…Dracula…And Then There Was Nun…Killadelphia,…Babes in Toyland…Atypical Boy…Psyanide (Original)…The Door…Mind Games…Godspell to name a few...

Student Filmeworks Short Film competition

Performed in numerous self-produced productions.

Professional affiliations include the DTASC and CETA

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Theater Teacher/Director/Producer English Teacher
Sep 1995 - Present
Artisan Leaders with New-Fangled Vision Productions

Symphony, popular host of Lyrically Speaking Mixed Mic, is a certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer, and personal coach, director, teacher, writer, actress, poet, and spoken word artist. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from UC Riverside in both Theatre and English. With nearly thirty years of experience, Symphony soars.

She loves encouraging the youth through YouthMax Plus, summer camps, storytelling and afterschool programs. To stay connected to the community, she actively performs her original poetry in local venues, and at various conferences. Her greatest joy is when she's directing plays or appearing in one. Friends frequently find her hosting women's conferences, mixed mics, pastor and church anniversaries, and special events throughout Southern California.

As a gifted educator, Symphony developed and implemented innovative theater curriculum for elementary, middle school, and high school in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. She successfully expanded these programs to incorporate all levels of experience-from beginning to advance. In addition to these programs, she regularly works with her private students developing their confidence, skills, stage presence and personalities.

As an artist and gifted speaker, and former youth pastor, Symphony inspires, educates and motivates audiences of all ages to achieve their God-given potential. She is a creative, god-fearing goal-oriented professional with time-tested proven ability to achieve high-caliber results. She enables others to discover, develop and enhance distinctive individual talent. Symphony passion and desire is to infuse the essential awareness necessary to achieve confidence in everyone with whom she works.

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BA English
Jul 1998 - Sep 2000
UC Riverside
BA Theater
Sep 1995 - Jun 1998
UC Riverside


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


International John Maxwell Team
Mar 2016
International John Maxwell Team

Certified John Maxwell Speaker-Trainer-Coach


2014 Community Service Member of the Year
Jul 2014
Richard T. Fields Bar Association


National Association of Professional Women
Aug 2015

As one of seven culturally distinct websites in The Professional Diversity Network provides a professional network for diverse talent that is far more engaging and welcoming than a typical job board. The affinity of culture shared by members encourages valuable relationships with peers and mentors who are invested in each other’s success and are happy to help them improve their career skills and their access to opportunity. ProDivNet has taken the job search from what is all too often, a lonely and discouraging experience to a communal one that motivates and inspires members along their journey to achieve their life goals.

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California Educational Theater Association
Mar 2011

The California Educational Theatre Association mission is: • To achieve sequential, standards-based, comprehensive theatre education; • To promote equity and access to theatre arts education; • To advocate for a California Credential for Theatre Arts; • To recognize theatre excellence through awards and scholarships; • To provide valued opportunities for theatre educators and students.

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Photos & Videos

Photo by Cynthia "Symphony" J.

Photo by Cynthia "Symphony" J.

Photo by Cynthia "Symphony" J.

Photo by Cynthia "Symphony" J.

With President, Paul Martinelli, of the International John Maxwell Leadership Team

Hosting Lyrically Speaking Mixed Mic Event

Don't let this be you any longer!

Students at Drama Festival playing theater games!  So much fun!

Performing poetry at local venue open mic


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Denise Apr 8, 2017
Acting · In studio

Cynthia is a great acting instructor. She pushes you and challenges to get out of the comfort zone

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