Department of Theatre Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Peter Schneider

Peter Schneider has enjoyed an extensive and multi-faceted movie and theatrical career. His directing credits include the West End Production of Sister Act, The MusicalThe Breakup Notebook, Marc Blitzstein’s opera Regina, Glen Roven’s Norman’s Ark, a revival of Grand HotelThe Musical, a live action-animation short starring Julie Andrews celebrating the 40th anniversary of Mary Poppins, as well as projects at the WPA Theatre, Playwrights Horizon, and Circle Rep.

His Broadway producing credits include the multi-awarding winning The Lion King, for which he won a Tony Award, and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. He is one of the producers of the New York hit, Marvelous Wonderettes and the currently running sequel in Los Angeles, Life Could Be a Dream. During a 17-year tenure at the Walt Disney Company, where he held several titles including President of Animation and Chairman of the Studio, he was responsible for creating and distributing over 50 movies including The Lion KingBeauty and the Beast, (Golden Globe Award Winner), The Little MermaidToy Story,  Who Framed Roger RabbitRemember the Titans, and The Princess Diaries. He screened and discussed the making of his acclaimed documentary, Waking Sleeping Beauty, at Purdue University in 2010.

Schneider was the Associate Director of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Arts Festival, is a world champion bridge player, having won the Transnational Open Teams in Estoril, Portugal.

Peter is a member of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Advisory Council, a recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award, and Purdue Old Master.

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