Schumacher studied theatre at UCLA. In 1987 he was associate director of the Los Angeles Festival of Arts, presenting the American premiere of Cirque du Soleil and the English-language premiere of Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata. Previously, he spent five years on staff at the Mark Taper Forum, served as a line producer on the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, and served as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Ballet. He then joined the Disney Company in 1988, producing the animated film, The Rescuers Down Under (released 1990). He was ultimately named President and oversaw some 21 animated features including The Lion King, Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo & Stitch, as well as working closely with Pixar on their first five films.
After producing dozens of films, in 2002 he transitioned to solely focus on the growing theatrical business as its head. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Tony® Administration Committee and the Advisory Committee of the American Theatre Wing. He is a mentor for the TDF Open Doors program and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University.
Courtesy of Matthew White. Matthew White and Thomas Schumacher (©15)
Thomas Schumacher is a theatrical producer. He has worked with The Walt Disney Company since 1988 and currently serves as President of Disney Theatrical Group. On November 24, 2012, Schumacher married his partner of 30 years, interior designer Matthew White. White Webb is an interior and furniture design firm based in New York City. Its principals, Matthew White and Frank Webb, bring a sense of history to every project, but balance it with an appreciation for modern living.
From around the globe, Rice Gallery selects approximately 5 artists per year to develop temporary, site-specific installations for its gallery in Houston, Texas. In a departure from the norm, the gallery ventured beyond the art world in commissioning Matthew White and Frank Webb for this installation. As interior designers, the duo is known for their creative use of antique engravings in their furniture line, White Webb’s Intaglio. Intrigued by the wit and fantasy of their furniture collection, Rice Gallery proposed that the team create an entire environment in this mode.
In their installation, Eminent Domain, White and Webb use the same technique, but inject a new take on scale and perspective. Here, a human-sized domicile is surrounded by a towering Technicolor forest: Louis XV meets Munchkinland on steroids. By juxtaposing gargantuan garden creatures with a fragile, colorless folly, White and Webb rib humankind’s efforts to control their environments, ultimately begging the question—between man and nature, who really has eminent domain?
Schumacher has worked with The Walt Disney Company since 1988 and currently serves as President of Disney Theatrical Group.
Schumacher is the author of the book “How Does the Show Go On? An Introduction to the Theater” (Disney Editions, 2007).
White Webb is an interior and furniture design firm based in New York City. Its principals, Matthew White and Frank Webb, bring a sense of history to every project, but balance it with an appreciation for modern living.
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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