University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

 Joshua R. Schmidt

BFA Music Composition & Technology `99   schmidt
Composer, Sound Designer, Musician

Josh was the first to graduate from UW-Milwaukee's music and technologies program.  His work has been garnering increasing regional and national acclaim in the past few years.  His recent musical adaptation of the 1923 play The Adding Machine has enjoyed a successful Off-Broadway run at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, where the production has won numerous awards including Best Musical.  

His composition/sound design work has been featured throughout the United States at venues including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Kennedy Center and Ford's Theatre (Washington DC), University of Rochester and Bard College (New York), American Players Theatre (Spring Green), Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Ballet, Next Act Theatre, Alley Theatre (Houston), Seattle Repertory Theatre (Seattle), and at UW-Milwaukee.

As a recitalist of new music he has performed in Berlin, Germany; Guggenheim Museum and Barrow Street Theatre (New York City); University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Mississippi-Oxford; and throughout His home state of Wisconsin.

Josh is a recipient of the 2003-2005 NEA/TCG Career Development Program Award and was named one of nine emerging designers in Entertainment/Design Magazine in 2004.  He has received four Joseph Jefferson Award nominations and two awards for his composition/sound design work in Chicago.  In addition, samples of his work were selected to be part of the sound design exhibition at the 2007 Prague Quadrennial.