Abria Smith – poet, musician
Abria Smith is a Boston native who has worked for over 20 years as an actor, musician, and writer. She attended Berklee College of Music, where she earned a degree in music business/management, and Cambridge College, where she earned a master’s degree in psychology. Currently the associate director for community engagement at Berklee, Smith has spent her 18 years there working with programs that empower communities through the sharing of institutional resources. Her professional life is driven by her desire to serve and express herself. She regularly performs community service both at work and personally, serving on Berklee’s Gracenotes faculty and staff volunteer committee and as a volunteer leader for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. She has published a book of her poetry, Somebody Soup, and recently released a single, “We Shall Rise.” Her signature statement—“When I cease to create, I cease to exist.”—sums up the importance of the arts in her life.