Episode 46: Bravely Leading the Scene in International Theatre: A Conversation with Sidonie Smith

In this week’s episode, we amplify the voice of Sidonie Smith. Sidonie is an international leading lady, as well as a violinist and speaker. A multi-lingual artist, she has graced stages all around the world over the past 10 years performing in both English and German. 

Most recently, she welcomed the reprise of one of her most celebrated roles— Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar on the historic Roten Tor stage in Munich. Previous to that Sidonie starred in Switzerland’s Premier run of Sister Act the musical as Deloris van Cartier—a role that she is thrilled to now have embodied in three countries. 

Sidonie has performed in such well-known large- scale shows as: The Bodyguard (Rachel and Nicki Marron), Jekyll & Hyde (Lucy, Germany), Legally Blonde (Pilar, Austrian Premier), Sister Act (Deloris, Germany, Austrian Premier, Switzerland Premier), AIDA (Aida, Germany), Cabaret (Sally Bowles, Germany) The Bridges of Madison County (Marian, German Premier), Sweeney Todd (Johanna, as the first woman of color to play the role in Germany), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene, Germany), RENT (Maureen, Germany), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon, European Tour), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Germany), and Love Never Dies (Austria, lauded by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber as the best version of the production he had ever seen).

Sidonie's unique talent of playing viola/violin and harmonizing with herself vocally has landed her on many stages of the world, including Broadway and the West End, doing concerts with composers like Scott Alan as well as Oscar/Tony/Grammy award-winning duo Pasek & Paul. Sidonie is also a composer herself, and conducted her first orchestral work, Genesis, as it saw its premier performance when she was just 17 years old. She has since composed for such charitable organizations as: Where Every Child's A Star. 

Sidonie more recently has turned her talent to arrangement, and you can see many of her original arrangements on YouTube, where videos she arranged have garnered well over 36 million views.

Offstage, Sidonie is most proud of her work as a Mindset Mastery and Social Media Mentor coach for performers, supporting them practically in their pursuits to become the strongest versions of themselves— mind, spirit, and body. Her transformational coaching courses guide artists to heal their hearts in order to create great art.  

In this episode, Sidonie sets the stage into her journey into theater and how bolding taking advantage of open doors placed her center stage in some of the biggest roles in her career. We unpack what it’s like being a multi-talented black creative artist in this arena, and how she is holding space for fellow artists to bravely move into their creative passions.

 What you'll learn:

  • The opportunity of a lifetime that catapulted her into international theatre.
  • Her personal experience as a black woman breaking into the world of acting & theatre.
  • How your own daring to be excellent as a Black creative is a form of protest
  • Favorite roles pursued in her career.
  • Her latest endeavor as a mindset coach devoted to empowering creatives to follow their passion and authentically connect with their audience.
  • What's next for Sidonie and her brand?

[music: "Fly" by Makaih Beats 

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[music: "Fly" by Makaih Beats