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Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider (Director of the Colony's production of Grand Hotel, The Musical) has enjoyed a diverse theatrical career, from playing an integral part in the off-off Broadway movement in the seventies while directing productions at the WPA, Playwrights Horizon and Circle Rep., to being the Managing Director of The St. Nicholas Theater, one of Chicago’s leading off-loop theatres, producing a wide variety of West End attractions in London, and with his friend and colleague Thomas Schumacher, producing the world premiere Broadway musicals The Lion King, which garnered six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, winner of 4 Tonys.

As President of Feature Animation and Chairman of the Studio for the Walt Disney Company, he was responsible for creating and distributing over 50 movies, including Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Toy Story, The Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Remember the Titans and Princess Diaries. 

Peter first came to Los Angeles to be the Associate Director of the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. Peter now runs his own theatrical production company and has just finished directing Julie Andrews in a live action / animation short celebrating the 40th anniversary of Mary Poppins. He is married, has two daughters and lives in Los Angeles.