Arnold A Schmidt

Arnold A Schmidt

Screenwriter and Playwright

Turlock, California

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About Arnold

Most recently, Modesto Junior College presented a dramatic reading of Arnold Anthony Schmidt’s Silence is Golden, written with Ken White. Schmidt has also written a series of one-act plays. These include "Birds of a Feather, or, the Old-Fashioned Hat Trick," presented at Modesto’s Center Stage Conservatory’s 24-Hour Play Festival; “A Bird in the Bush,” at Grass Valley’s Nugget Fringe Theater Festival; and "Every Number Has Its Part to Play," at Sacramento City College’s 29.5-Hour Playwriting Festival.

Last year, California State University, Fresno presented Schmidt’s The Super Cilantro Girl, based on stories by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Herrera, which premiered at Turlock’s Lightbox Theatre in 2016.

Schmidt’s film credits include serving as Assistant Producer on "The Silence," an American Film Institute production nominated for a 1983 Academy Award best short dramatic film; writing a screenplay for Deja Vu, a 1984 Cannon Films feature starring Jaclyn Smith, Nigel Terry, Shelley Winters, and Claire Bloom; and writing the story for the "Tommy's Lost Weekend" episode of the Warner Bros. sitcom Alice, nominated for a 1985 Emmy Award and awarded a 1986 Letter of Commendation from Los Angeles County for its treatment of teenage alcoholism.

Schmidt teaches English, Film, and Creative Writing at the California State University, Stanislaus.



  • (Alice) Letter of Commendation from LA County for its treatment of teenage alcoholism.

  • Emmy Nomination "Tommy's Lost Weekend" (Alice, Warner Bros.) Story Credit.

  • Oscar Nomination/short film category. "The Silence" (AFI) Asst. Producer (film nominated, not me)


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