Josh Schmidt is the award-winning composer of Adding Machine (Lucille Lortel Award - Best Musical; Outer Critic’s Circle Award - Best Score & Best Off-Broadway Musical; Joseph Jefferson Award - Best Musical; as well as 4 Obie Awards, 9 Drama Desk nominations, and Drama League nomination for Best Musical). Adding Machine was also heralded as one of the ten best events of 2008 in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time Out NY and Chicago Tribune. Recent credits include the critically acclaimed A Minister's Wife (Lincoln Center Theatre; Writer’s Theatre – Best Musical Jeff Award), Whida Peru (Primary Stages/59E59) and Gift of the Magi (American Players). Incidental scores include When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center), Fifty Words (MCC), Works and Process (Guggenheim Museum), and Music from Almost Yesterday (Barrow Street). Mr. Schmidt is currently working on musical commissions for Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Playwrights Horizons.
Mr. Schmidt is also an accomplished sound composer/designer whose Broadway & Off-Broadway credits include House of Blue Leaves, Brighton Beach Memoirs (with Fitz Patton), Crime and Punishment (59E59), and many others. Regionally, he has composed/designed for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Stratford Festival, The Kennedy Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Milwaukee Rep.
Mr. Schmidt is a 2012 Sundance Theatre Lab UCross artist, and a recipient of the American Musical Voices Project honoree grant and Graduate of the Decade Award (UW-Milwaukee). Adding Machine and A Minister's Wife both have original cast recordings on PS Classics. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is a guest lecturer at Harvard, Suffolk, University of Mississippi-Oxford, Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and Wisconsin-Madison.