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From soup to nuts, it’s everything Dallas theater should be trying to accomplish.

There are times when the collaboration between the designers and director Jeffery Schmidt (who designs around town as well) is truly humbling.

David Novinski
Theater Jones

…one of the most inventive theatrical productions to hit Dallas this year.

Lindsey Wilson
CultureMap Dallas

The future of theater in Dallas should be what The Drama Club is doing with Faust.

Elaine Liner
Dallas Observer

Kitchen Dog’s stellar rendering starts with Jeffrey Schmidt’s suggestive set.

Manuel Mendoza
Dallas Morning News

Directed by Jeffrey Schmidt, Hands on a Hardbody is one of the strongest, most consistent musical productions Theatre Three has offered recently.

Jerome Weeks
Art and Seek

Under the direction of Jeffrey Schmidt, who also designed the picture-perfect car-lot feel, each contestant’s tale compels.

Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News

Director Jeffrey Schmidt gives a show about folks standing still an amazing dash of energy…

Arnold Wayne Jones
Dallas Voice

Expertly directed by Jeffrey Schmidt, the production is Theatre Three’s strongest production of a musical in many years.

Mark Lowry
Theater Jones

…a finely tuned-up production directed and set-designed by Jeffrey Schmidt…

Elaine Liner
Dallas Observer

Jeffrey Schmidt gives this new musical style and excitement, and showcases his directorial talents. You are engaged every moment and wait for the next moment of theatre brilliance.

Richard Blake
The Column

“…Schmidt’s innate ability to help the actors fearlessly take the riskiest of leaps, knowing he won’t let them fall.”

The Column

“…directed by Jeffrey Schmidt, will go down as an important work of art created in our own cosmic back yard. ”

“In recent years, it’s been said by many that North Texas is in the midst of a theatrical golden age, producing its best work ever. On the Eve leads that revolution, charging with the weapon of original thought to fight against stasis and, worse, mediocrity.”

Fort Worth Star Telegram

“Director and set designer Jeffrey Schmidt spurs the audience to recognize that they, too, may be unwilling actors in parts that someone else has written, by surrounding them with costumed musicians on either end, actors spilling up and down the aisles and scribbled messages that paper the walls behind them…”

Dallas Morning News

“What director and set designer Jeffrey Schmidt has pulled off in the oft-challenging Theatre Three space is nothing short of a miracle. His set is equally whimsical and functional, allowing actors to slide into the space and fly out of it. And the actors onstage have an infectiously good time.”

Arts and Culture Texas

“…director Jeffrey Schmidt hs done such a consummate job with the material, you could pick this production up and drop it off at any off- Broadway theater and have the toast of New York. ”

Dallas Voice

“Those lucky few who saw the original 10 performances in Fair Park couldn’t stop gushing about the tremendous experience, and those who see this go-round are likely to have the same reaction. ”

“…the outrageous alternate world that director and set designer Jeffrey Schmidt has transitioned beautifully into the normally problematic Theatre Three space. ”

“Vieux’ a direct hit”
“…he has directed and designed with utter conviction”

Dallas Morning News

“A good reason for that success is Jeffrey Schmidt’s confident direction…”

The Dallas Voice

“Here, as elsewhere, we see the well-tempered hand of director and designer Jeffrey Schmidt, himself a brilliant actor.”

Ft. Worth Star Telegram

“Director Jeffrey Schmidt uses some sophisticated means to achieve all this apparent simplicity.”

Dallas Morning News

“A lovely little one-act…as nice to listen to as it is to watch.”

Dallas Observer

“Schmidt has exploited the 17th Century Mexican milieu with subdued panache.”

The Edge

“Writer-director-actor Jeffrey Schmidt and his new troupe, The Drama Club, win the doing-most-with-least prize for creating maximum magic using found objects, plain old trash and scraps of this and that for a fanciful re-imagining of the Grimms’ tale The Old Woman in the Wood.”

Dallas Observer

“What’s so fantastic about it—in addition to the materials, which takes the idea of “environmental theater” to a new level”

Dallas Observer

“Jeffrey Schmidt’s take on the play makes its homespun humor and political point- scoring seem as romantic as a latter-day Romeo and Juliet.”

“Schmidt designed the fantastical riverside setting and the atmosphere-inducing sounds.”

Dallas Morning News

“Superlative mask design by Jeffrey Schmidt”

Critical Rant and Rave

“…the actors put on the horse masks (stunning creations, each with a different personality, designed by Jeffrey Schmidt)”

Theater Jones

“The triumph of the show is the fully-realized production of this Dali in Disneyland play.”

DMagazine

“Director-designer Jeffrey Schmidt was an inspired choice because of his strong visual imagination and inventiveness. Elaborate (and quick) changes of set are pretty spectacular for such a small venue as Addison Theatre Centre’s Studio Theatre. ”

Dallas Morning News

“…the show looks marvelous, thanks to director Jeffrey Schmidt’s set and puppet design…”

Theater Jones

“this is Theatre Three’s most sophisticated show…maybe ever.” “…Schmidt’s elegantly decrepit, remarkably mobile scenery full of giant clock gears, flywheels and rusty turnkeys is like peering at old pen-and-ink illustrations come to life.”

Dallas Observer

“…plenty of humor potential, which Schmidt and his cast exploit gleefully.”

Theater Jones

”…Schmidt’s clever use of Theatre Three’s theater-in-the-round setup includes a three- tiered set that evokes a sooty, dangerous, machine-driven England.”

“It was simply outstanding.”
“…Jeffrey created a wonderful world for his actors to explore. Brilliant.”

Pegasus News

”Director Jeffrey Schmidt’s actors are all superb…”

Dallas Morning News

“Jeffrey Schmidt’s fanciful multi-level set design, in crayola-bright colors and cartoon-y shapes, allows Serrecchia’s comprehensive staging to infuse Theatre Three’s cavernous round with a vitality and energy seldom seen at the venue.”

Critical Rant and Rave

“…The Farnsworth Invention was exciting and exceptionally well crafted.”

“ …simple but visually stunning scenery”

“Every bit as fantastical and dream-like as the play is the set design by Jeffrey Schmidt.”

“Schmidt also designed the elaborate but spare set. All the design elements, in fact, are spectacular…”

”…an amazing set that made the entire room feel as though it was in the depths of a deep, dank cave.”
”…tackled this difficult production and did so with amazing effectiveness.”

Pegasus News

“Who could imagine that a semi-documentary about a corporate battle over the rights to the cathode ray tube would hold an audience spellbound for two acts? Jeffrey Schmidt could and does, directing Theatre Three’s The Farnsworth Invention…Schmidt goes for broke as director/designer, drawing from his resourceful artistic depths to create impressive environmental effects that define tangible realities in Theatre Three’s inherently “stagey” performance space in the round.”

Theater Jones

Awards

Dallas Observer Best Of

Dallas Observer
Best Theatre Director 2013

2012 Year in Review

Theater Jones
Top productions include: The Farnsworth Invention, Diamond Dick and On the Eve

2012 Year in Review

Dallas Observer
Top productions include: The Farnsworth Invention, Diamond Dick and On the Eve

Best of 2005

Dallas Voice
A Christmas Memory - “...a winning revival...charming run...”

Best of 2006

Dallas Voice
Vieux Carre- “...creepy, funny and endlessly entertaining.”

2009 Year in Review

Dallas Morning News
The Old Woman in the Wood – Top Ten

2009 Year in Review

Theater Jones
“FIT was also blessed with The Drama Club's inspired production of The Old Woman in the Wood, adapted, directed and designed by Jeffrey Schmidt, who used only recycled materials for costumes, sets and props. Loved the dryer-sheet doves and cigarette-pack puppets.”

2013 Mastermind Award

Dallas Observer
Director and Set Designer

DFW Critic’s Forum 2013

Direction - Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

DFW Critic’s Forum 2013

Direction - Enron

DFW Critic’s Forum 2013

Direction, Ensemble, New Play or Musical- On the Eve

2011 Year in Review

Dallas Morning News
”Theatre Three’s best work this year was in its basement series. Jeffrey Schmidt designed as well as directed Naomi Iizuka’s striking Language of Angels, spotlighting a lot of top young talent...”

DFW Critics Forum 2010

“Jeffrey Schmidt, for his season of design at the Drama Club, Echo Theatre and Theatre Three”

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