Andrew Vonderschmitt Joins the El Dorado Arts Council

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 10, 2017 / comments

After 13 years with the Playhouse, Andrew Vonderschmitt, the company’s executive and producing artistic director, is leaving for a new job in Placerville. Photo courtesy Andrew Vonderschmitt

A  Long Beach transplant, Andrew joins El Dorado Arts Council after a ten-year stint with the Long Beach Playhouse, where he served as the Executive and Producing Artistic Director. Prior to the Playhouse, Andrew served many organizations including The Hunger Artists, Garden Grove Playhouse, Granola Funk, 47 Hour, and Deep Blue Sea Repertory, to name just a few. 

Andrew moved to Placerville with his wife Martina, young daughter Morgan Lee, and black cat Jack Benny. They are all thrilled to start a new life here in El Dorado County said the El Dorado Arts Council.

Andrew Vonderschmitt, formerly Producing Artistic Director, Long Beach Playhouse. Andrew has tried his hand at all aspects of the theatre process. From acting to tech to directing he has found fulfillment in all areas. Some credits include: Acting, Jonesy in Sideman, Ben in Little Footsteps, and Horatio in Hamlet. Directing: On the Verge, Piccaso at the lapin Agile, The Laramie Project, and Moon Over Buffalo. He has designed lights, sound and sets for nearly 50 productions and Stage Managed over ten. 

Vonderschmitt started at the nearly 90-year-old Playhouse in 2003 as stage manager before being named artistic director in 2009 and then executive and producing artistic director in 2012.  “The Playhouse has been great to me. I love this place and the people like family, but it was time to do something different with my own growing family,” Vonderschmitt said in a statement.

From 2015 interview: For those who don't know what community theater means, can you explain it?

"Essentially it is theatre created by and for the community it serves. Community theaters are nonprofit organizations whose mission it is to serve their community. To me, it is a place that is not out to make a buck, but to serve an artistic product that will enrich their lives. A community theater (theater not theatre), that space, should be a place that everyone in the community should feel welcome. Not just the audience, but artists as well. Actors need not be professional. Every single audition should be an open call. All interested individuals are welcome. Now, that doesn't mean casting just anybody. The best actor gets the part every time."


El Dorado Arts Council empowers artistic vision at all stages of development, promoting a lively arts ecosystem, supporting all art forms, and connecting local artists and organizations throughout 
El Dorado County through its programs and services. The Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is funded government agencies, foundations, corporations and generous individuals; tax-deductible contributions sustain artistic discovery and a vibrant cultural community.