Born in Leverkusen, Germany. After studying business she worked from 1978 to 1986 as representative for dance and music at the culture department of Bayer AG and organized among other the "Internationale Sommer-Tanzfestival" in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
In 1987, she was nominated Manager of Concert and Ballet in Salzburg and worked among other under the direction of Herbert von Karajan.
Administrative Director of The Hamburg
Ballet since 1991.
She is the co-founder of the I.O.T.P.D. (International Organization of Transition of Professional Dancers).
Member of the board of the newly founded "Stiftung TANZ – Transition Zentrum Deutschland" (Foundation DANCE – Transition Center Germany).
Since 2003, Ulrike Schmidt is member of the council of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.
Since 2007, she is member of the advisory board of "Kultwerk West" in Hamburg.