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Drew Schmidt is a lighting, sound and projection designer who has designed more than 40 shows at Northwestern, as well as productions for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Orange City Tulip Festival Night Show, and local dance studios. In addition, he has directed Northwestern productions, including Junie B Jones Is Not a Crook and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. Schmidt regularly hosts design workshops at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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.