Donna Southern Schmidt

Currently in her 26th year as a professional costume designer, Donna has designed over 200 shows including The Importance of Being Earnest, Joyful Noise, Charlie's Aunt, Sherlock Holmes, The Final Adventure; Emma, Godspell, The Beams are Creaking, Shadowlands, The Miracle Worker, and The Diary of Anne Frank, awarded Houston Press Best Costume design for the 2014 Houston Press Awards.  Ms. Schmidt also designed John, His Story, which performed at the Lamb's Theater off Broadway in New York City.


  • Houston  Press Theater Awards Nominee for The Wizard of Oz at Main Street Theater (2018)
  • Houston  Press Theater  Awards Winner for The Diary of Anne Frank at The A.D. Players (2014)
  • Houston Press Theater Awards Finalist  for Charlie's Aunt at The A.D. Players (2012)
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston Silver Scissors Honorable Mention for Professional Theater (2000)
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston Silver Scissors Costume Award (1995)
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston Silver Scissors Chairman's Choice Award for Costume Design (1994)
  • Recognized as one of Houston’s top designers in 1996- The Sickle Cell Association Fashion Show
  • Over 30 A.D. Players Spotlighter Costume Design Awards

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