The Pennsylvania State University
116 Theatre Building
University Park, PA 16802-2900
Robert W Schneider (Associate Professor)-
A freelance theatre director, Robert has had the great pleasure of collaborating with such prestigious theatrical institutions as Center Theatre Group, Lyric Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, York Theatre, New York Philharmonic, Pasadena Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Club, Millbrook Playhouse, Cabrillo Music Theatre, and Walnut Street Theatre.
Regional productions include the regional premiere of Memphis (Cabrillo Music Theatre- 10 StageSceneLA Awards), The Last Five Years (Fuse Productions- w/AJ Holmes) How to Succeed in Business (College Light Opera Company), Nine (Fordham University), Leading Ladies (Millbrook Playhouse), Harper Regan (The Next Stage), and fifty more across the United States.
As an associate director, Robert has had the great pleasure of working for SDC President Susan H. Schulman, Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, Lisa Shriver, and, most recently Lonny Price, on his Emmy Award winning production of Sweeney Todd, starring Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald, which was broadcast on PBS.
Robert serves on the faculty of Penn State University, New York Film Academy, and is a guest lecturer at Yale University. For Penn State, Robert has directed Good People, The Boys Next Door, Company, Six Degrees of Separation, From Up Here, Babes in Arms, The Good Doctor, and countless workshops as the Associate Artistic Director of Penn State’s Nu Musicals Festival. The Williamsport Sun Gazette named his productions of All My Sons and A Man of No Importance as the Best Theatrical Event of their respective years.
At Penn State, Robert became one of the leading authorities on developing theatrical courses into an online environment. His course, History of Musical Theatre, is one of the most popular online courses at Penn State University.
He holds a BA in Political Science from California Lutheran University and an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage from Penn State University. In addition to his teaching duties, Robert is an Original Programming Producer at Feinstein’s/54 Below, serves as the Vice-President of the Penn State School of Theatre Alumni Program Group, and hosts the podcast Back to Broadway which celebrates the history of musical theatre.