Board Vice President
Executive Director, Steppenwolf Theatre
David has worked at Steppenwolf for 12 years, serving in the role of Director of Finance and Administration, General Manager, Managing Director and currently as Executive Director. As Executive Director, Schmitz leads a staff of 140 full and part-time folks, and is responsible at the executive level for strategy and execution of all fundraising, marketing and business related activities. His work ensures the ensemble of Steppenwolf have the resources and institutional support to achieve their creative ambitions. 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 as Vice President of the Board for The House Theatre of Chicago, is a board member of the Arts Alliance Illinois and the League of Chicago Theatres, and is a former board member for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. 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.