Thomas Schumacher

President, Disney Theatrical Group

Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Group, oversees the development and production of all of the Studios’ stage productions from local community theaters to Broadway. Schumacher also supervises Disney Live Family Entertainment (DLFE), which provides children and family entertainment throughout the world in partnership with Feld Entertainment. Schumacher’s Broadway producing credits include: Julie Taymor’s production of The Lion King (six 1998 Tony® Awards) now in its 13th year; Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA (four 2000 Tony® Awards); Tarzan®, with the music and lyrics of Phil Collins and direction and design by Bob Crowley; Mary Poppins, a partnership between Disney and Cameron Mackintosh, and The Little Mermaid, which opened in January 2008, featuring direction by Francesca Zambello. His other producing credits include One The Record, a musical celebrating Disney’s catalog of beloved songs and the highly successful touring stage production of Disney’s High School Musical, which reached 41 cities over 60 weeks throughout 2007-2008. DLFE projects include Disney on Ice and Disney Live! with 12 productions touring the globe all at one time. He joined The Walt Disney Company in 1988 serving as president of Feature Animation where he supervised the development and production of 21 animated feature films. He is a member of the Executive Committee for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Tony® Administration Committee, the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing and serves as adjunct professor at Columbia University. He is also the author of “How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater” – now in its second edition and is published by Disney Editions. Schumacher is a graduate of UCLA.

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