Troy Schumacher was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and began studying ballet with Atlanta Ballet in 2000. In 2001, he began studying summer sessions at Chautauqua, where he worked with Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, and Violette Verdy. He became a full-time student at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 2002. In January 2005 he became an apprentice with NYCB and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in December 2005.
As a choreographer, Mr. Schumacher created Clearing Dawn (2014) for the Company.
Mr. Schumacher is the director and resident choreographer of Ballet Collective, and has also received choreographic commissions from the 92nd Street Y Fridays at Noon series, School of American Ballet, New York Choreographic Institute, Salon/Sanctuary with Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Atlanta Ballet.
Mr. Schumacher appeared in the film NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ, a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet of the same name, which aired on PBS and won an Audience Award at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Mr. Schumacher is the recipient of the 2002 Jackson International Ballet Competition Award of Encouragement.
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