Brian J. Smith, now entering his second year of training at the Juilliard School of Drama, makes his film debut as ‘Trey’ in Hate Crime. Born and raised in Dallas, TX, his stage experience has been extensive. In 2000, he was nominated for a Dallas Theatre League Award for Best Supporting Actor, while still a senior in high school. He studied for two years at Stephen’s Women’s College where he appeared in just under a dozen shows, including ‘Algernon’ in The Importance of Being Earnest and ‘Ludie’ in The Trip to Bountiful. He came back to Texas in 2002 where he appeared as ‘Alex’ in Quad C Theatre’s production of A Clockwork Orange, which earned him rave reviews, including “Best Performance by an Actor in 2002” from the Dallas Observer. “D” Magazine named him as “One of the 64 People in Dallas to Watch”, the only actor to receive that honor. He will spend the next year not only in the training studio, but also performing in hospitals and prisons around New York City as part of the Juilliard Community Service Fellowship.