Cumberland, Maryland

Helen Smith devoted her life to theatre. For forty years she taught drama and English at Fort Hill High School in Cumberland, Maryland; she oversaw three drama classes and two English classes a day for many of those years. Under Ms. Smith’s stewardship Fort Hill produced hundreds of shows. Among her favorites were the original theatre productions her students created every year for a three-day celebration of May Day. She and her Thespian Troupe 230 attended ten national and international conferences.

Ms. Smith served the National Thespian Society as Maryland’s state Thespian director from 1952 to 1960, during which time she assisted in the development of the formal Thespian initiation ceremony. She served as member of the Board of Directors from 1960 to 1970 and held the post of assistant national director from 1964 to 1968. During her term of office she assisted in the restructuring of the society. Her Thespian troupe performed the initiation ceremony for new members at several national conferences.