|Born||1958 (age 60–61)|
|Spouse(s)||Matthew White (married 2012-present)|
Thomas Schumacher (born 1958) is a theatrical producer, currently president of Disney Theatrical Group,the theatrical production arm of The Walt Disney Company.
The Disney Theatrical Group, legally Buena Vista Theatrical Group Ltd., is the live show, stageplay and musical production arm of The Walt Disney Company. The company is led by Thomas Schumacher, and forms a part of Walt Disney Studios, one of the four major business segments of The Walt Disney Company.
The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Walt Disney or simply Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.
Schumacher studied theatre at UCLA. In 1987 he was associate director of the Los Angeles Festival of Arts, presenting the American premiere of Cirque du Soleil and the English-language premiere of Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata . Previously, he spent five years on staff at the Mark Taper Forum, served as a line producer on the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, and served as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Ballet. He then joined the Disney company in 1988, producing the animated film, The Rescuers Down Under ,which was released in 1990. He was ultimately named President and oversaw some 21 animated features including The Lion King , Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas , Pocahontas , The Hunchback of Notre Dame , Mulan , Tarzan , and Lilo & Stitch , as well as working closely with Pixar on their first five films.
Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian (Quebecois) entertainment company and the largest theatrical producer in the world. Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul on 7 July 1984, by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.
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After producing dozens of films, Schumacher left Walt Disney Feature Animation in 2002, replaced by David Stainton.
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He transitioned to solely focus on the growing theatrical business as its head. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Tony Administration Committee and the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. He is a mentor for the TDF Open Doors program and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University. In November 2012, Schumacher married his longtime partner, interior designer Matthew White.
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On February 21, 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that Schumacher was the subject of an internal investigation at Disney into inappropriate behavior, with eyewitness accounts detailing aggressive sexual language and intimidation.
Schumacher has worked with The Walt Disney Company since 1988 and currently serves as President of Disney Theatrical Group.
Schumacher is the author of the book How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater (Disney Editions, 2007).
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