Artist Bios

Gordon Peirce Schmidt

Gordon Peirce Schmidt

(Bio as of June 2014)

Gordon Peirce Schmidt has been choreographing and directing dance and theater for the past 30 years. He is a recipient of numerous awards including a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement-Cultural Programming, two Ruth Page Awards for Choreography and he was named an “Artist of the Year” by Chicago Tribune. From 1998 through 2010, Mr. Schmidt was the Executive/Artistic Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Under his direction the company received the ArtServe Michigan Governor's Arts Award for Outstanding Cultural Organization. He has created over 60 works for ballet companies around the world and has staged and choreographed numerous professional musical productions in the Chicago area and throughout the Midwest. Mr. Schmidt is also co-founder and Artistic Associate of RPM Productions, a non-profit arts production company based in Chicago.