About Eric Schmiedl, Director
Eric Schmiedl is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and a graduate of Kent State University (B/A English) and the University of Hawai’i (MFA Playwriting & Children’s Theatre). As a playwright and director he has worked with theatres including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Cleveland Play House, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cleveland Public Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, Karamu House, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, the Oregon Children’s Theatre, the Hololulu Theatre for Youth, the Lantern Theatre, and Great Lakes Theater. Eric is the recipient of a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Aurand Harris Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Commission. His work has been awarded three Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards. His newest play My Hemisphere, a collaboration with his wife and storyteller Adaora Nzelibe Schmiedl, is a 2021 National Playwrights Conference finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. He is also working with acclaimed poet Philip Metres on a theatrical adaptation of Metres’s book Shrapnel Maps, a compassionate examination of the historic conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. For three years Eric partnered with the arts programming wing of the Cleveland Treatment Center creating work with and for diverse and underserved communities. Eric has taught playwriting and theatre history at theatres, colleges, and universities including Spalding University, Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University and Baldwin Wallace University. Eric is also a proud member of the Cleveland-based folk group The Welcome Table with his buddies Tina Stump and Bill Hoffman.
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