Stephen F. Schmidt is one of the busiest actors working today in the DC area. You have seen him over the years in many productions at Ford’s Theatre, including One Destiny and Liberty Smith. He is currently performing there in Parade and will soon be back for another round of A Christmas Carol and 1776 in the spring. He was recently seen in Glimpses of The Moon at MetroStage and was heard briefly in Enoch Arden at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival.
How long have you worked in theatre in DC?
After graduating from Walter Johnson High School in the early 70’s and attending Maryland while I also worked at the Harlequin Dinner Theatre, I moved to NY to study at NYU. After ten years in NY I moved to Los Angeles in the mid 80s, and then in 1988 I moved back to the DC area. I have remained happily employed all these years.
When you are not performing – what do you do for relaxation?
My wife and I enjoy hiking and spending time with our family.
How many years have you been associated with Fords Theatre?
I was in A Christmas Carol at Ford’s in 1992.
If you had to pick one Ford’s Theatre show as your favorite, what would it be?
That is a very difficult question to answer. I always hope that the show that I am in at the moment is my favorite and I am extremely proud to be a part of Parade, a truly remarkable production. But I do have a very special fondness for One Destiny.
What do you consider to be the greatest accomplishment of your career so far?
I think I am one of the most fortunate of actors. I have be able to continue to grow as an artist over the years – and have had so many wonderful opportunities at so many of the best theatres in the country. The vast majority of that work has been produced here in the DC and Baltimore area, and I could not find a better or more supportive theatre community anywhere.