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Email: ZSchmitt@fda-online.com

Zachary Schmitt


Stage Technology & Rigging Systems Design

M.F.A. Theatre Technology, University of Wisconsin, anticipated;
B.S. Physics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2013

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Zac is one of our consultants specializing in rigging and theater technologies. The Midwestern native finds himself far from the lands flattened by the weight of glaciers in which he grew up to reside in the weathered and river carved valley of the Hudson. He boasts varied studies and knowledges, ranging from relativistic mechanics to theatrical construction. Currently he works on all forms of projects to from the weird and wonderful to the pragmatic and practical. These projects include, The Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, University of Guelph MacKinnon Building, and the Waldorf Astoria Ballroom Renovation. 

A circuitous path led him to Fisher Dachs. After graduating from the venerable University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in physics, he moved the to the Windy City ­— Chicago, IL. Wherein he worked as a draftsperson for Studio 222 Architects and carpenter for Steppenwolf Theatre. After a few years living with an intractable theatre passion, contracted in secondary school, Zac boldly went back to school at University of Wisconsin-Madison to study the theatrical arts. His foci there were technical design and theatre rigging. His thesis concerning the dynamic loads on wire rope for a standard motorized theatrical batten.

Today you can find him in the amenable and scenic palisades on the western shore of the Hudson River, more colloquially known as New Jersey, where he lives happily with his wife and their cat.

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