Theatre and Dance


Daniel R. Schmidt

Assistant Professor of Theatre - Head of Technical Direction
Office: Browne (Scenic Studio)
Phone: (309) 298-1554

Dan Schmidt is the Technical Director of the WIU Department of Theatre and Dance. He received his BFA in Technical Theatre from Niagara University, and his MFA in Technical Direction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition to his responsibilities for the Mainstage and Studio Seasons, Dan also oversees the Scenic Studio and teaches stagecraft.

Dan has worked as a stage manager, carpenter, electrician, designer, and sound engineer in Maryland, New York, Nevada, and Ontario on both the community and professional levels. After moving to Las Vegas, he worked for Desert Entertainment, a private labor company that contracted with MGM, Harrah’s, and other casinos.

Dan is interested in conserving and restoring scenic elements and machinery, as well as advancing the Scenic Studio’s technical capabilities.