Theatre faculty

Drew Schmidt, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Theatre

M.F.A., Illinois State University
B.A., Northwestern College

712-707-7094
drew.schmidt@nwciowa.edu
TAC 107

Profile

Drew Schmidt earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in lighting and sound design from Illinois State University after graduating from Northwestern with majors in both theatre and computer science. He taught introductory courses in lighting and sound design at Illinois State, as well as Introduction to Sound Design at NWC while also serving as Northwestern's audiovisual technician.

Schmidt served as the sound designer for productions at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the School House Theatre Company, Illinois State and Northwestern. He was the assistant lighting designer for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival's 2009 and 2007 seasons, and the lighting designer for plays, musicals and dance concerts at Illinois State, Northwestern, and the Orange City Tulip Festival.


Courses

  • Selected Topics in Theatre and Speech

    Selected Topics in Theatre and Speech

    (2-4 credits, alternate years, consult department) This course will focus on various issues of theatre and speech that are not covered in current course offerings. Possible topics might include: auditioning, stage management, musical theatre, contemporary theatre since 1967, specific genres (comedy, tragedy, theatre of the absurd, Greek, etc.), theatre as social criticism, ethnic theatre, theatre as historical documentary.

Professional experience

  • Assistant Designer and Master Electrician, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, 2007-09
  • Lighting Shop Supervisor, Illinois State University, 2006-09

Memberships

  • Northwestern College Theatre Patron Board