Andy Schmitz

The New England Center for Circus Arts

Andy Schmitz is a circus rigger with over 25 years of entertainment industry experience as a Project Manager, Head Rigger, Technical Director, Lighting Director, and Production Manager. Andy worked his way up to Head of Rigging on Cirque du Soleil’s Koozawhile touring over 20 cities on three continents before he moved back to Vegas to start a family. Andy has rigged with Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and served as the Assistant Head of Rigging at “Le Reve.” Prior to his circus career, Andy was a freelance Technical Director based in Philadelphia, where he had the pleasure of acting as Technical Director for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, worked with the team at Sapsis Rigging, and was the Production Manager for Rennie Harris Puremovement’s Bessie award-winning hip-hop ballet, Rome & Jewels. Andy is a proud member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers who can tye well over 100 knots from memory (and counting!)

Education / Certification:

Bachelors degree in Theatre and Dance, Alma College

ETCP-Certified Rigger