David Schmitz

David Schmitz has worked at Steppenwolf for over 14 years, serving in the role of Director of Finance and Administration, General Manager, Managing Director and currently as Executive Director. Prior to working at Steppenwolf, Schmitz was the General Manager at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre and Business Manager at the entertainment agency Adair Performance. Currently, he serves on the boards of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the League of Chicago Theatres and as Vice President of the Board for The House Theatre of Chicago. Schmitz has worked as a strategic planning, business practices, finance and hiring consultant for numerous Chicago organizations, including The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites and Stage Left Theatre, among others. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, an MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University. In mid-July 2020, David Schmitz will be leaving Steppenwolf to serve as Executive Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Brooke Flanagan will assume the role. To learn more, click here.