Biography

Robert W. Schneider is an award winning freelance theatre director, and a proud member of SDC . Robert received his MFA in Direction for the Musical Theatre Stage from Penn State in 2009, under the mentorship of SDC President Susan H. Schulman. Prior to that, he received a BA in Political Science from California Lutheran University in 2005.

In recent years, Robert has had the great pleasure of collaborating with such prestigious theatrical institutions as Center Theatre Group, Feinstein's/54 Below, Lyric Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, York Theatre, New York Philharmonic, Pasadena Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Walnut Street Theatre.

Last year, Robert directed Nine for Fordham University, served as the SDCF Observer to Lonny Price on the the New York Philharmonic production of Sweeney Todd, starring Academy Award winner Emma Thompson, and Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, directed Twisted, with Glee’s Darren Criss at 54 Below, directed the movie musical One Door Opens, received rave reviews for his How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in Cape Cod, and directed the regional premiere of the Tony Award winning Memphis, which won ten StageSceneLA Awards, and was nominated for seven Ovation Awards, including Best Director.

As an educator, Robert has gone across the country, leading master classes that transition students from academia into the entertainment industry. Robert has lectured at such institutions as Yale University, Kent State University, Pepperdine University, Fordham University, Pace University, USC, UCLA, UCSB, and countless others.

Robert is currently the Vice President of the Penn State School of Theatre Affiliate Program Group Executive Board, as well as an Original Programming Producer at Feinstein's/54 Below. In addition to those duties, he is the co-host of BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS podcast.

Robert lives in New York City with his husband, Daniel, a photographer.

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