Thomas Schumacher

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Thomas Schumacher
Born1958 (age 6061)
OccupationTheatrical producer
Spouse(s)Matthew White (married 2012-present)

Thomas Schumacher (born 1958) is a theatrical producer, currently president of Disney Theatrical Group, [1] the theatrical production arm of The Walt Disney Company.

Disney Theatrical Group live preformance group of companies

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 American mass media corporation

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.

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Life and career

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 , [2] 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 Canadian entertainment company

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Peter Brook English theatre and film director and innovator

Peter Stephen Paul Brook, CH, CBE is an English theatre and film director who has been based in France since the early 1970s. He has won multiple Tony and Emmy Awards, a Laurence Olivier Award, the Praemium Imperiale, and the Prix Italia. He has been called "our greatest living theatre director".

Mark Taper Forum theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States, part of Los Angeles Music Center

The Mark Taper Forum is a 739-seat thrust stage at the Los Angeles Music Center designed by Welton Becket and Associates on the Bunker Hill section of Downtown Los Angeles. Named for real estate developer Mark Taper, the Forum, the neighboring Ahmanson Theatre and the Kirk Douglas Theatre are all operated by the Center Theatre Group.

After producing dozens of films, Schumacher left Walt Disney Feature Animation in 2002, replaced by David Stainton.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Walt Disney Company animation studio

Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS), also referred to as Disney Animation, is an American animation studio that creates animated feature films, short films, and television specials for The Walt Disney Company. Founded on October 16, 1923, it is a division of Walt Disney Studios, and is headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. The studio has produced 57 feature films, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018).

David Stainton is an American film and television executive. He is most noted for his tenure as president of Walt Disney Feature Animation from 2003 to 2006, a period during which the studio converted from a traditional animation studio to a computer animation production company. The films Chicken Little (2005) and Meet the Robinsons (2007) were produced during Stainton's tenure at the studio.

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. [3]

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS non-profit organisation in the USA

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is an American nonprofit organization, headquartered in New York City. It is the theatre community's response to the AIDS crisis. The organization raises funds for AIDS-related causes across the United States. As of 2016, it has raised over $285 million for critically needed services for people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses since its founding in 1988.

Tony Award awards for live Broadway theatre

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in Midtown Manhattan. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette "Tony" Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.

American Theatre Wing New York City-based organization dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre

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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. [4]

Theatrical productions

Schumacher has worked with The Walt Disney Company since 1988 and currently serves as President of Disney Theatrical Group.

Publication

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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