ROBERT W. SCHNEIDER
Robert W Schneider is a New York based freelance theatre director who has had the great pleasure of collaborating with many of the entertainment industry’s greatest artists.
Robert’s favorite directing credits include: Memphis- Regional Premiere (Winner of ten StageSceneLA Awards including Best Director and Best Musical, nominated for seven Ovation Awards), Rock of Ages (Millbrook Playhouse), A Man of No Importance with Caroline Bowman (Winner “Best Theatrical Event of 2008, BroadwayWorld), Good People with Tony Award winner Johanna Day (Winner “Best Theatrical Event of 2013”, BroadwayWorld), The Last Five Years (Fuse Productions), All My Sons (Penn State University), City of Angels (Young Artists Ensemble), How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (College Light Opera Company) Twisted with Darren Criss & AJ Holmes (54 Below), and over forty five workshops of new musicals with some of the industry’s most exciting writers including Kooman & Diamond, Pasek & Paul, and Kerrigan & Lowdermilk.
As an assistant director, Robert has had the great pleasure of working for Emmy Award winner Lonny Price on Mr. Price’s productions of Sweeney Todd (starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel) and Sinatra: Voice for a Century (starring Christina Aguilara and Seth McFarlane). Robert has also assisted Susan H. Schulman (The Toymaker’s War), Judith Ivey (Vanities), and Richard Sabellico (The Apple Tree)
In the world of cabaret, Robert is one of the most respected concert producers. As an original programming producer at Feinstein’s/54 Below, which The New York Times calls “Broadway’s living room”, Robert has produced and directed some of the club’s most exciting concerts including an all star I Do! I Do! which was hosted by author Tom Jones and featured an illustrious parade of celebrity couples including Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Hunter Foster, Chip Zien, Patrick Page, Paige Davis, and the first same sex couple to ever appear in this musical, Eddie Korbich and Andy Leech. One of Robert’s most acclaimed concerts was Broadway Goes To The Movies which featured Bobby and Kristen Anderson Lopez, the Academy Award winning team behind Frozen, as well as Tony Award winning playwright Christopher Durang.
On the airwaves, Robert is the co-host of the wildly popular Behind The Curtain: Broadway’s Living Legends, which is the official podcast of BroadwayWorld. Robert, along with co-host Kevin David Thomas (A Little Night Music), actively seeks out the heroes who shaped the Broadway musical, and preserves their anecdotes and wisdom for future generations to study. Previous guests have included Tony Award winners Randy Graff, Judy Kaye, and Walter Bobbie. For a complete list of guests, please visit the podcast section of this website.
As an educator, Robert holds positions with Penn State University and the New York Film Academy. While at Penn State, Robert was elected “Penn State’s Favorite Professor” four years in a row. Robert has also given guest lectures and master classes at various institutions including Yale University, Kent State University, USC, UCLA, AMDA, and others.
Behind the scenes, Robert’s accomplishments include creating the award winning CTFE, a nationally recognized theatre arts program that integrates abled and disabled actors in musical theatre. As an artistic director, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director of Los Angeles’s Young Artists Ensemble and the Associate Artistic Director of Penn State’s Nu Musicals Festival, which has launched such musicals as Ordinary Days, Dani Girl, and Tales From The Bad Years. Robert has been honored to sit on numerous panels and committees for such illustrious organizations as New York Musical Festival, Musical Theatre Workshop, Broadway Theatre Lab, August Wilson Monologue Competition, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Educational Outreach, The Cinequest Film Festival, and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
Today, Robert lives in New York City with his husband, Daniel Gutierrez. He is a proud member of SDC.