About Melissa Schmitz

Melissa Schmitz is a marketing strategist, actor, director, playwright, and script consultant who has worked for theaters in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii. She consults with small companies to refresh and simplify their branding and social strategy. Her ideal weekend includes cupcakes and seeing at least two plays, maybe four. She also writes about theater, food, and travel. You can find her on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/in/melissa-schmitz/.

2020 Equity Jeff Nominees in the BTD!

By |2021-08-05T13:39:04-05:00September 16th, 2020|

The 52nd Annual Equity Joseph Jefferson Award nominees were announced earlier this week, celebrating excellence in Chicago theater and hosting both Equity and Non-Equity award ceremonies each year. The Belmont Theater District extends its congratulations to all nominees and would [...]

4 Chicago Theaters That Feature AAPI Stories

By |2021-08-05T13:48:59-05:00May 28th, 2021|

It’s no secret that Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) stories and performers (and all other artists and crew members) are extremely under-represented on American stages. In May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but every day [...]

6 Resources Playwrights Need to Know

By |2021-08-05T13:48:31-05:00April 15th, 2021|

April is National Playwriting Month, and it just so happens to be Shakespeare's birthday on the 23rd. But even if you’re not the Bard, every writer needs a great toolkit to maintain their workflow. Whether it’s for visibility, support, or [...]

Final Thoughts on 2020 from the BTD

By |2021-08-05T13:43:46-05:00December 21st, 2020|

(Some responses have been edited for length and clarity. Bold emphasis is BTD’s.) This year started strong with hit shows in the BTD and a very busy Chicago Theatre Week. But unfortunately by mid-March, all live productions in Chicago had [...]

Ringing in the New Year with the BTD

By |2021-08-05T13:44:03-05:00January 4th, 2021|

Happy New Year! We made it out of 2020, where many theater companies learned how to stream shows and pivot to online programming and also reopen with new protocols. We asked the BTD member theaters for their 2021 forecast and what [...]

What is the Belmont Theater District?

By |2021-08-05T13:37:06-05:00July 15th, 2020|

Maybe you’ve seen shows at the Athenaeum or Stage 773, or watched your favorite comics at The Laugh Factory, or noticed the American Blues signs lining Belmont Ave. You might follow us on Twitter or receive our newsletter, but has [...]