BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY’S LIVING LEGENDS is a podcast dedicated to preserving the memories, wisdom, and anecdotes of Broadway’s greatest artists.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY’S LIVING LEGENDS is hosted by SDC director Robert W Schneider and AEA actor Kevin David Thomas.
Robert W. Schneider
Robert W Schneider received an MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre from Penn State University, under the mentorship of SDC President Susan H Schulman. For seven years, Robert was the Associate Artistic Director of the Penn State Nu Musicals Festival, which celebrated and championed new works for the American musical stage. In that capacity, Robert produced and directed numerous works by such new voices as Adam Gwon, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, Selda Sahin, and Kooman & Dimond. Most recently, Robert was nominated for an Ovation Award for directing the regional premiere of Memphis. Regional credits include: Good People (w/Johanna Day), All My Sons (w/Richard Bekins), A Man of No Importance (w/Caroline Bowman), The Last Five Years (w/AJ Holmes) and the regional premieres of Harper Regan, Leading Ladies and From Up Here. In New York, Robert has directed countless showcases and concerts, the most recent being an all-star concert of I Do, I Do, which featured Tony Award winner Beth Leavel, Robert Cuccioli, Patrick Page, and many other Broadway veterans. Robert was quite proud that this was the first time in the show’s fifty-year history that a same-sex couple was part of the storytelling. As an assistant director, Robert has had the great pleasure of assisting Ms. Schulman on Bookends at the York Theatre, Lonny Price on his Live! From Lincoln Center productions of Sweeney Todd (w/ Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald) and Sinatra: Voice For A Century (w/Sting and Seth McFarlane), as well interning for Judith Ivey on her production of Vanities at Second Stage. Robert currently serves as an Original Programming Producer for Feinstein’s/54 Below, as well as holding academic positions at both Penn State University and the New York Film Academy. He lives in West Harlem with his husband, Daniel Gutierrez, a photographer.
Kevin David Thomas-
Kevin David Thomas is an actor, singer, music director, and arts educator. He last performed on Broadway in the revival of Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of A Little Night Music, sharing the stage with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angela Lansbury, and then subsequently Bernadette Peters and Elaine Stritch. Kevin was also seen on Broadway in the first revival of Les Misèrables after touring the nation in the original Third National Tour.
As a musician, he assisted the music director/supervisor on the Broadway production of A Tale of Two Cities, Town Hall’s Pamela’s First Musical (starring Donna Murphy), and served as assistant music supervisor for the US national tour of Little House on the Prairie (starring Melissa Gilbert). Kevin has hosted, music directed, and accompanied cabarets and concerts throughout New York City (Below 54, Duplex, Town Hall) and across the county.
As an educator, Kevin has taught, accompanied, and music directed extensively at New York Film Academy’s musical theater department. He spent much of 2011 in Moscow, Russia teaching and music directing at the Russian Theater Academy (GITIS). Kevin has music directed and taught at various universities, regional theaters, and random places from Shanghai, China to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He has a bachelor of music from Baldwin Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.