Schneider, Alan


<p>Alan Schneider was born in a suburb of Kharkov, Ukraine in 1917. On July 4, 1923, the Schneiders emigrated to America.  Schneider attended Johns Hopkins University with the intention to study theoretical physics, but transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to study political science and literature. Once in Madison, he actively pursued the theatre. In 1940 he attended Cornell University, where he received an MA in Literature and the Dramatic Arts.  In 1956 Schneider began a lifelong artistic partnership with Beckett when he agreed to direct the American premier of Samuel Beckett's <em>Waiting for Godot</em>. In 1964 he directed Beckett’s <em>Film</em>. Throughout his career as a director, Schneider was committed to teaching and directing student productions. He served as assistant professor of speech and drama at the Catholic University of America from 1941 to 1952 and as professor of theatre arts at Boston University from 1972 to 1979, was the director of the Juilliard School Theatre Center from 1975 to 1979, and from 1979 until he died he was professor of drama and head of the graduate directing department at the University of California, San Diego. Schneider died in 1984 when he was struck and killed by a motorcycle in London.</p>