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Graham Schmidt

Graham Schmidt is a theater director from Austin, Texas. He explores new, physically adventurous approaches to canonical work, and new ways of collaborating with artists across disciplines and across international borders. Fluent in Russian, Graham has translated and staged The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and The Cherry Orchard as director in residence of his company, Breaking String Theater, which he founded in 2007. Graham's dozen directing projects with Breaking String have appeared at Hyde Park Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theater, the Off Center and the Blue Theater. He has assistant directed under Brant Pope, Charles Anderson and Robert Ramirez, and has collaborated with Austin's Rude Mechanicals, Fusebox Festival, and the Center for International Theater Development.

Graham received a BA in Plan II and an MA in Slavic Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a federal grant to study under the Moscow Art Theater's Co-Artistic Director, Anatoly Smeliansky in 2008. He has contributed to The Cambridge Introduction to Chekhov and Cambridge University Press's Plays In Performance: The Cherry Orchard. His physical theater training includes Viewpoints, Suzuki, Lecoq, and clown training via Pig Iron Theater's summer intensive. You can find Graham on the web at

Recent Projects:
Gusev, by Anton Chekhov. Breaking String Theater Co. Directed and adapted by Graham Schmidt, with choreography by Erica Gionfriddo. 2015.

The Sonnets Project at UT Austin. A director-driven devised piece inspired by Jose Rivera's Sonnets for an Old Century. November 2016.

Upcoming Projects:
Galactic Orphans by Megan Tabaque at UT Austin as part of UTNT in March 2017.

A Nervous Breakdown, a devised piece, produced by the Cohen New Works Festival in April 2017, with choreographer Erica Gionfriddo.