Troy Schumacher was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and began studying ballet with Atlanta Ballet in 2000. In 2001, he began studying summer sessions at the Chautauqua School of Dance, 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.
Mr. Schumacher was promoted to soloist in 2017.
As a choreographer, Mr. Schumacher has created Clearing Dawn (2014), Common Ground (2015), and The Wind Still Brings (2017) for the Company.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream (Puck)
- George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® (Tea, Candy Cane, Soldier)
- Prodigal Son
- La Sonnambula
- Stars and Stripes
- Symphony in C (Fourth Movement)
- Symphony in Three Movements
- Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 (Scherzo)
- La Valse
- Union Jack
- Vienna Waltzes
- Bournonville Divertissements (Ballabile from Napoli)
- La Sylphide (Gurn)
- Fearful Symmetries
- Ocean’s Kingdom (Drunken Lord)
- Romeo + Juliet (Mercutio)
- The Sleeping Beauty (Bluebird, Court Jester)
- Swan Lake (Jester)
- Concerto DSCH
- Russian Seasons
- The Concert
- Fanfare (Percussion)
- The Four Seasons (Winter)
- Common Ground
- Episodes & Sarcasms
- Les Bosquets
- Two Hearts
- The Lady with The Little Dog
Mr. Schumacher is the Artistic Director of BalletCollective, and his choreographic work outside of NYCB has been presented by Martha Graham Dance Company, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Performa, Danspace Project, Guggenheim Works & Process, Guggenheim Bilbao, Peak Performances, the Joyce Theater, the Savannah Music Festival, and NYU Skirball Center, among others. He has collaborated with many artists including Jeff Koons, Karen Russell, Zaria Forman, Thom Browne, Ken Liu, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Maddie Ziegler, and David Salle. In addition to live performances, Schumacher has choreographed numerous art, fashion and commercial shoots, including works for Google, Sony PlayStation, Capezio, HP, Aritzia, CR Fashion Book, Tom Ford, and The New York Times.
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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