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Eric Schaeffer

Also Credited As: Eric D. Schaeffer
 
Bio:
Eric Schaeffer is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Arlington’s Signature Theatre. Under his leadership, the Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, as well as 97 Helen Hayes Awards with an additional 411 nominations for theater excellence ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Eric Schaeffer is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Arlington’s Signature Theatre. Under his leadership, the Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, as well as 97 Helen Hayes Awards with an additional 411 nominations for theater excellence ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2020]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Scenic Designer
Director
 
[Chicago (Regional), 2015]
Director
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2015]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director
 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2014]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2011]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Director
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2011]
Director
 
[West End, 2011]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2010]
Director
 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2009]
Director
Scenic Designer
 
[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2008]
Director

Photos

Eric Schaeffer, Nova Y. Payton, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Erivo, He Photo

Eric Schaeffer, Nova Y. Payton, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Erivo, Heidi Blickenstaff, Maggie Boland, and Norm Lewis

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03/12/2019
Audra McDonald and Eric Schaeffer  Photo

Audra McDonald and Eric Schaeffer

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03/12/2019
Eric Schaeffer, John Kander and Maggie Boland Photo

Eric Schaeffer, John Kander and Maggie Boland

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03/21/2018
Eric Schaeffer, John Kander and Maggie Boland Photo

Eric Schaeffer, John Kander and Maggie Boland

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03/21/2018
Joel Grey, John Kander, Eric Schaeffer and Susan Stroman Photo

Joel Grey, John Kander, Eric Schaeffer and Susan Stroman

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03/21/2018

 

Stage

Productions

[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2020]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2017]
Scenic Designer

Director

[Chicago (Regional), 2015]
Director

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2015]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2014]
Director

[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2014]
Director

[US Tour, 2011]
Director

[Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Director

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2011]
Director

[West End, 2011]
Director

[Broadway, 2010]
Director

[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2009]
Director

Scenic Designer

[Arlington, VA (Regional), 2008]
Director

Eric Schaeffer Biography

Eric Schaeffer is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Arlington’s Signature Theatre. Under his leadership, the Theatre was honored with the 2009 Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theatre in America, as well as 97 Helen Hayes Awards with an additional 411 nominations for theater excellence in Washington, DC.

At Signature, Schaeffer directed productions including: Titanic; Silver Belles; Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose; Girlstar; The Fix; Elmer Gantry; Cloak and Dagger; Beaches; Miss Saigon; Crossing; Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre co-production); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Brother Russia; Hairspray; Sunset Boulevard; Chess; Show Boat; First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb; The Hollow; Les Misérables; ACE; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Glory Days; The Witches of Eastwick; Saving Aimee; Into the Woods; My Fair Lady; Nevermore; The Highest Yellow; One Red Flower; Allegro; Twentieth Century; 110 in the Shade; Hedwig and the Angry Inch; The Gospel According to Fishman; Grand Hotel; The Rhythm Club; Over & Over; The Fix; Working; The Rink; Cabaret; First Lady Suite; Wings; Poor Superman; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love; and the Sondheim musicals Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George (Arena Stage co-production), Passion, Into the Woods, Company, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Follies and Pacific Overtures, among others.

On Broadway, Schaeffer directed Gigi, the critically acclaimed Follies as well as the Tony Award®-winning Million Dollar Quartet, Glory Days and Putting It Together. His national tours include Million Dollar Quartet and Big. Off-Broadway, he has directed Sweet Adeline (City Center Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert) and Under the Bridge. His West End credits include Million Dollar Quartet and The Witches of Eastwick.

Eric’s regional credits include Drury Lane: Beaches; Ford’s Theatre: Meet John Doe; Goodman: Million Dollar Quartet; Apollo Theatre: Million Dollar Quartet; Mark Taper Forum: Putting It Together (w/ Carol Burnett); Chicago: Elmer Gantry; Los Angeles: Disney’s Snow White. For the Kennedy Center, Schaeffer served as the Artistic Director of the acclaimed Sondheim Celebration in 2002 as well as directing its productions of Sunday in the Park with George and Passion. At the Kennedy Center, he also directed Follies starring Bernadette Peters, Mame starring Christine Baranski, First You Dream: The Music of Kander & Ebb and Gigi starring Vanessa Hudgens. Overseas, Eric directed Sweeney Todd in Seoul, South Korea with the OD Company.

In 2006, Schaeffer created Signature’s musical theater commissioning program, the American Musical Voices Project (AMVP), in partnership with the New York-based Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund, to commission and produce new musicals for the American theater canon. Since that time, AMVP has grown to become the largest musical theater commissioning program in the country, providing writers and composers a creative, fertile ground to develop original musicals. Since the program was launched, Signature has commissioned 18 new musicals from composers such as Michael John LaChiusa, Ricky Ian Gordon, Joseph Thalken, Adam Guettel, Jeanine Tesori, Josh Schmidt and Joshua Rosenblum, among others.

Schaeffer earned his BFA from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he received an Honorary Doctorate in 2012. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Shenandoah University in 2014.

Eric Schaeffer Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Director of a Musical, HAYES Production
Eric SchaefferBeaches
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2014 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferHello, Dolly!
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Eric Schaeffer, Follies
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferHairspray
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2011 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferChess
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Gold Star
Eric SchaefferLes Misérables
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferAce: The New Musical Adventure
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2009 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferKiss of the Spider Woman
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Gold Star
Eric SchaefferMeet John Doe
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2008 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric Schaeffer The Witches of Eastwick
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferPacific Overtures
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2005 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Gold Star
Eric SchaefferAllegro
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric Schaeffer11 in the Shade
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2004 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferFollies
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferSunday in the Park with George
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric Schaefferhe Gospel According to Fishman
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2002 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferPutting It Together
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferThe Rhythm Club
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferSweeney Todd
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferThe Fix
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1998 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferSunday in the Park with George
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Gold Star
Eric SchaefferPassion
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1997 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferThe Rink
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferCabaret
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferInto the Woods
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical
Eric SchaefferWings
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Director, Resident Production
Eric SchaefferUnidentified Human Remains and the 1 Nature of Love
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Gold Star
Eric SchaefferAssasins
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1992 - Outstanding Director, Resident Production Gold Star
Eric SchaefferSweeny Todd

Eric Schaeffer News

Kelli O'Hara, Adrienne Warren & More to be Featured in  Arlington's Signature Theatre Photo Kelli O'Hara, Adrienne Warren & More to be Featured in Arlington's Signature Theatre Summer 2022 Events
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

This summer, Signature Theatre will feature an array of concert and cabaret performances to kick off the 2022/23 season, ranging from a special presentation at Wolf Trap, to a new musical to the return of Signature’s popular cabaret series. 

BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Arkansas Repertory Theatre Brings the TV Spe Photo BWW Review: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Arkansas Repertory Theatre Brings the TV Special to the Stage
by Theresa Bertram - Dec 22, 2021

For all the Charlie Brown fans out there (and I know there are a lot of you), The Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main Street in Little Rock, performed A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS for most of December, and if you missed it, all I can say is 'good grief!' This show was almost a replica of the cartoon Christmas special on TV, right down to the 30ish minutes of the actual show.

BWW Exclusive: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Cast Talks Favorite On Stage Moments! Photo BWW Exclusive: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Cast Talks Favorite On Stage Moments!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 10, 2021

Just in time for Christmas, everyone's favorite Peanuts holiday special comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage. New Yorkers can celebrate the holiday season with the Peanuts gang when A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage has its New York City premiere December 21 - 24 at The Palladium Times Square (1515 Broadway, NYC).

Photos: Meet the Cast of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Chappaqua Performing Arts Cente Photo Photos: Meet the Cast of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - Dec 6, 2021

Just in time for the holiday season, everyone's favorite Peanuts holiday special comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage.

Photos: First Look at A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Chance Theater Photo Photos: First Look at A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at Chance Theater
by Stephi Wild - Dec 6, 2021

Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, is excited to present an encore of the extremely popular stage adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas! Created by Charles M. Schulz, based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson, this stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer is presented by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson, and will be directed by Resident Artist James Michael McHale.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: LIVE ON STAGE Comes To Westchester, Prior To NYC Premiere Photo A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: LIVE ON STAGE Comes To Westchester, Prior To NYC Premiere
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 2, 2021

Just in time for the holiday season, everyone's favorite Peanuts holiday special comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage.

BWW Feature: Stephen Sondheim at Signature Theatre Photo BWW Feature: Stephen Sondheim at Signature Theatre
by Elliot Lanes - Dec 2, 2021

The phrase “No one is irreplaceable” was shattered this past week when composer/lyricist/GOD of American musical theatre Stephen Sondheim passed away at age 91. Simply put, Sondheim was unique, groundbreaking and a true original that many tried to copy and never could.

Photos: First Look at A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at First Stage Photo Photos: First Look at A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS at First Stage
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 19, 2021

This holiday season brings the joyful return of First  Stage’s production of Charles M. Schulz’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS to the Marcus Center’s Todd Wehr Theater.

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: LIVE ON STAGE to be Presented at The Palladium Times Squa Photo A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS: LIVE ON STAGE to be Presented at The Palladium Times Square
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 15, 2021

New Yorkers can celebrate the holiday season with the Peanuts gang when A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage has its New York City premiere December 21 – 24 at The Palladium Times Square (1515 Broadway, NYC).

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Returns By Popular Demand At Chance Theater! Photo A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Returns By Popular Demand At Chance Theater!
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 2, 2021

Chance Theater, Anaheim's official resident theater company, presents an encore of the extremely popular stage adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas!

Eric Schaeffer Videos

BWW Exclusive: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Cast Talks Favorite On Stage Moments! VideoBWW Exclusive: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS Cast Talks Favorite On Stage Moments!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Dec 10, 2021

Just in time for Christmas, everyone's favorite Peanuts holiday special comes to life in A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage. New Yorkers can celebrate the holiday season with the Peanuts gang when A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage has its New York City premiere December 21 - 24 at The Palladium Times Square (1515 Broadway, NYC).

Broadway Rewind: Vanessa Hudgens Makes Her Broadway Debut in GIGI VideoBroadway Rewind: Vanessa Hudgens Makes Her Broadway Debut in GIGI
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 15, 2020

Today we rewind to 2015, when the first revival of Gigi arrived on Broadway. The musical opened on April 8 at the Neil Simon Theatre, where it ran for 86 performances. 

VIDEO: Eric Schaeffer Salutes 'Signature in the Schools' on SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE VideoVIDEO: Eric Schaeffer Salutes 'Signature in the Schools' on SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE
by Stage Tube - Jun 17, 2020

Signature Theatre has released the latest episode in its Signature Strong Live series!

VIDEO: Watch John Dempsey, Dana Rowe, and More in Episode 9 of SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE VideoVIDEO: Watch John Dempsey, Dana Rowe, and More in Episode 9 of SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE
by Stage Tube - May 27, 2020

Signature Theatre has released its 9th episode of Signature Strong Live, featuring John Dempsey, Dana Rowe, and more!

VIDEO: Bobby Smith, Maria Rizzo, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Nova Y. Payton Chat on SIGNA VideoVIDEO: Bobby Smith, Maria Rizzo, Tracy Lynn Olivera, and Nova Y. Payton Chat on SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE!
by Stage Tube - May 13, 2020

Signature Theatre has released the 7th episode in its Signature Strong Live! series.

VIDEO: Robbie Schaefer and Angelica Chéri Discuss Writing  Musicals on SIGNATURE STR VideoVIDEO: Robbie Schaefer and Angelica Chéri Discuss Writing Musicals on SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Apr 29, 2020

In the 5th episode of Signature Strong Live!, Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer will discuss what it takes to write a new musical.

VIDEO: Claybourne Elder, Donna Migliaccio, and Christopher Michael Richardson Chat So VideoVIDEO: Claybourne Elder, Donna Migliaccio, and Christopher Michael Richardson Chat Sondheim on SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Apr 15, 2020

In the third episode of Signature Strong Live!, Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer chats with stars about Signature's special relationship with Stephen Sondheim.

VIDEO: Signature Theatre Favorites Maria Rizzo, Bobby Smith, Nova Y. Payton and Tracy VideoVIDEO: Signature Theatre Favorites Maria Rizzo, Bobby Smith, Nova Y. Payton and Tracy Lynn Olivera Chat For SIGNATURE STRONG LIVE!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2020

Signature Theatre has launched Signature Strong Live!, bringing live conversations to YouTube.

VIDEO: Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman Sing 'Freedom' From GUN & POWDER VideoVIDEO: Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman Sing 'Freedom' From GUN & POWDER
by Stage Tube - Jan 20, 2020

Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman are set to star as the Clarke sisters, Mary and Martha, in Signature Theatre's world premiere production of Gun & Powder with book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri and music by Ross Baum. Gun & Powder will run from January 28 a?' February 23, 2020 in Signature Theatre's intimate MAX Theatre and will be directed by Robert O'Hara (Broadway's Slave Play).

VIDEO: Get a Look Inside Signature's ASSASSINS VideoVIDEO: Get a Look Inside Signature's ASSASSINS
by Stage Tube - Aug 20, 2019

Signature Theatre presents Assassins with music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by John Weidman and directed by Signature Theatre Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer (Broadway's Gigi, Follies).


Eric Schaeffer Frequently Asked Questions

What awards has Eric Schaeffer been nominated for?
Outstanding Director of a Musical, HAYES Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Beaches , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hello, Dolly! , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Follies , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hairspray , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Chess , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Les Misérables , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Ace: The New Musical Adventure , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Kiss of the Spider Woman , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Meet John Doe , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Witches of Eastwick , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Pacific Overtures , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Allegro , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for 110 in the Shade , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Follies , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for he Gospel According to Fishman , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Putting It Together , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Rhythm Club , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Fix , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sunday in the Park with George , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Passion , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for The Rink , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Cabaret , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Into the Woods , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Wings , Outstanding Director, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Unidentified Human Remains and the 1 Nature of Love Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Assasins and Outstanding Director, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeny Todd .

What awards has Eric Schaeffer won?
Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Les Misérables , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Meet John Doe , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Allegro , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Passion Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Assasinsand Outstanding Director, Resident Production (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeny Todd.