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teaching artist thomas
Thomas Schultheis creates environments which bring people together, encouraging connection and reflection, while simultaneously honoring and celebrating individual uniqueness. He has served as a teaching artist for numerous academies, competitions, festivals, intensives, invitationals, and showcases. Additionally, Thomas has created the Inspiration Workshop, Let Me Try That Again Workshop, and the Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University and his Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from National University. Thomas has worked for The Walt Disney Company for almost 15 years and is the Sales Manager for Disney Performing Arts at the Disneyland® Resort. Under his award winning leadership, his team created Disney Performing Arts presents: An Educators Summit: Inspiring Brilliance, a 2 day Summit which brings leading educators together from around the world. He also developed the first individual workshop opportunity for students at The Walt Disney Company called Disney Performing Arts Open Enrollment, as well as the first Disney Performing Arts Conservatory. Thomas has performed on Broadway in the revival of Grease! as well as tours of Grease!, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago, and South Pacific. He has worked as a choreographer for over 20 years, his credits include off-Broadway productions of original work with the cast of the Broadway’s [title of show], and productions for over a dozen high schools & colleges. Thomas is a member of the Concordia University, Irvine’s School of Education Advisory Council, and is a part of the Actors Equity Association, California Educational Theatre Association, Educational Theatre Association, and the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California. As foster parents, he and his spouse were recognized as Outstanding ISFC Resource Parents for the County of Los Angeles as well as honored by Raise a Child Organization's Let Love Define Family Award. View all posts by teaching artist thomas