Thomas Schmidt is a professor of Theater and the Director of the Master Program for Theater and Orchestra Management in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a dramaturg and producer, who founded and worked for many years with several theater companies. He was the Managing Director of the German National Theater in Weimar, and later its Executive Director, before he was announced Director of the Master Program. The program is giving training to young theater and music professionals, who afterwards take over leading positions in theaters, orchestras, festivals and companies. He was working as a dramatist in the field of text development, and the author of several books, including Theater Management, and Theater, Krise und Reform.