Title: Theatre Director; Playwright; Actor; Jazz Singer; Educator; Journalist
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
John Schneider, theatre director, playwright, actor, singer, educator, and journalist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the arts.
Mr. Schneider is an educator and performing artist with more than four decades of experience in music, dance, and theater. After becoming partially paralyzed by childhood polio, Mr. Schneider started dancing as a form of physical therapy, which led him to study piano and discover a love for theater arts. He attended St. Norbert College, graduating in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in theater, and joined the corps of Milwaukee’s Theatre X in 1971. Mr. Schneider began writing scripts professionally in 1973, and was named Theatre X’s artistic director in 1978, a position he held until 2004.
In 1988, he became the vocalist and bandleader for the John Schneider Orchestra, and he continued to develop his passion for jazz vocals throughout his career. Mr. Schneider is the co-founder and producer of the Milwaukee Fringe Festival and enjoys an active freelance writing career as a contributor to MKE Lifestyle Magazine and the arts editor for the Shepherd Express Newspaper. He has developed several community youth arts initiatives, including the Project Non-Violence Youth Theatre Program and Nice Place, and was the recipient of the first annual Milwaukee Arts Board Award of Excellence, a Marquette Law School Restorative Justice Initiative Unsung Urban Heroes Award, and an Outstanding Citizen Award in recognition of his work. Mr. Schneider continues to teach and mentor youth, and hopes to return to the stage in the near future.
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