Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith (Co-HOE) hails from Central Illinois, where he attended Illinois Central College and Bradley University. After moving to Chicago in 1997, he sang eight seasons with Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus, and began working with Hell In A Handbag Productions in 2004. He’s appeared as Santa in “Rudolph the Red-Hosed Reindeer” (2006 and 2007) and L.B. Mayer/Old Christina in “Christmas Dearest” (2013), and has participated behind the scenes in production capacities in numerous other Handbag shows. By day, he works at a philanthropic foundation, but do not ask him for money—it’s not his!

Aaron is also a singer/drummer/songwriter, and performs with the European schlager group Pieptone!, and is a member of The Joans (“giving Joan Crawford the rock and roll voice she deserves”) with fellow Handbaggers David Cerda and Ed Jones.

Handbag Productions

  • Scarrie: The Musical
  • Twilight Gallery
  • Caged Dames
  • Rudolph the Red-HosedReindeer ’06 & ’07
  • Eating Raoul (Summer Camp ’08)
  • Christmas Dearest