Roell Schmidt, Director of Links Hall, has been working in film, theater and arts administration since 1994. In addition to her organizational leadership experience, Roell has an impressive background as a producer in film and theater, with talents ranging from the administrative to the creative. Roell has directed the development, marketing, and/or artistic administration departments at Lookingglass Theatre Company and The Chicago Chamber Musicians, and worked in production at the Athenaeum Theatre and on independent films throughout Chicago. She is a playwright and multi-media producer, has received three CAAP grants and was awarded a Ragdale Artist Residency in 2008.
As the Director of Marketing for The Chicago Chamber Musicians, Roell played an important role in Audience Development and spearheaded innovative use of new electronic media. She acted as Director of Artistic Administration and Director of Development at Lookinglass Theatre Company during a period of rapid growth for the company. Roell led ground-breaking programming, increased audience attendance and was at the forefront of the Capital Campaign responsible for Lookingglass Theatre Company's move to Water Tower Water Works.