JOSEPH SCHMITZ – FOUNDER
Joe’s background is about as broad as it can be: Acting, physical theater, instructional development, and an education in engineering. He helped pioneer interactive instruction at top-tier technology companies including Macromedia and Motorola.
Before founding Eureka Street Learning, Joe was also co-founder of Special Focus, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation that brought theater arts into the special education classroom. With Special Focus, he adapted theater arts for the special education setting, and discovered innovative activities that work in any classroom.
After years of saying, “Special Focus would work for everyone!” he realized that he was the person who needed to make it available. Thus, Eureka Street Learning was born. He now trains teachers and develops theater-based curriculum. As Joe says, “I have fun learning. Everyone should.”