About  Social Skills Theater

Social Skills Theater provides social skills training to children, teens, and adults on the autistic spectrum.  We use acting as a therapeutic tool to address social skills.  


Our classes are taught by industry trained professionals with over 10 years of experience working with people on the autistic spectrum.

Our unique approach provides us the distinct method by which we assist our students in increasing their social skills at home, in school, and out in the community.  


In addition, our students are trained actors who have been cast in television shows and films.

Our Teachers

Jacob D. Smith

Jacob D. Smith
Film/TV Director

Jacob Smith studied TV/Film production at The University of Iowa and graduated from Cornell College with a degree in writing, Magna Cum Laude. Since moving to L.A. in 2004, he has been working in both post production and production in film, television, online content, web series, and reality television.


Jacob's post-production resume includes Discovery Channel, Original Productions, the Emmy Award Winning Series The Deadliest Catch, Berring Sea Gold, Ax Men, Storage Wars, and Hell's Dungeon.

Jacob has been working with 360VR filming equipment since 2015, and has been pushing the narrative boundaries for what can be accomplished in this exciting new medium.

Jacob has recently been awarded with the Best Screenwriting Award for his Film, Almost Lost, from the 100 Hour Film Race,  Best Director of the TUNY awards in 2015, 2013, and 2012, and is nominated for the best Ensemble Stage Raw Award for 2019.

He was a Dirctors Lab West 2018 Scholarship Recipient, served as Artistic Director for Theatre Unleashed, and serves as resident director and in the development team for Hold for Plane Pictures.

Currently, Jacob D. Smith is a represented Screenwriter/ Director with Emmy Award Winner Darla Marasco of Marasco Management. 

Liz Fenning

Liz Fenning

Liz Fenning studied at the University of Rome (Village Experience-Commedia Del Arte Intensive), the Groundlings School, and Carnegie Mellon University.


Her stage credits include: Virginia Stage Company, the Rauh Theater (Pittsburgh-Post Gazette Best Supporting Actress Award), Theatre Unleashed (Scenie Award /Stage Raw Award/Member) Bread & Puppet Theater Company, Echo Theater Company (Ovation Nominated), Inner Circle Theater, The Road Theatre Company (Member,) Theater Elysium, Rogue Artists Ensemble,  and the Pasadena Playhouse. 

Liz has appeared in  HULU's America, I Love You, Atlantic Rim 2, Lady Macbeth in the Wilderness, 

Funny or Die's The Seth and Avi Show,  Amazon's Ghost Hunters, The Living, Deadly Alibi,  LIONSGATE'S The Ghostmaker,  Lifetime's Sinister Minister, To Whom it May Concern,  WQED's

Just for You,  Amazon's OMG,..We're in a Horror Movie,  SyFy's Flight 666, Fuseli, and Nightmare.


She's served as a  live host  for MSNBC  and Steam Tv,  done clowning for Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza,  

serves as Program Supervisor for Actors for Autism, and most recently, starred in the teaser for The Sickness, with executive producer, Clive Barker  and Recovery, with star Mike Starr and director John Liang.

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