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Erika Schmidt

Creative Development Associate Pixar Animation Studios

Erika Schmidt is a Creative Development Associate at Pixar Animation Studios, where she works with directors in the earliest phases of their filmmaking process, conducting research to help deepen the worlds of their stories. She also supports the process of matching writers with Pixar’s directors. Erika also has a history as a theatre artist and writer in Chicago. Her short story, “Story About a Family,” won the 2013 Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction. You can see her fiction and essays at whaterikadoes.com. Erika is a graduate of Northwestern University and the School at Steppenwolf.