180 Ryder Hall
Professor of the Practice and Chair
Scott Edmiston has been teaching and directing throughout the Northeast for more than 30 years. Since relocating to Boston in 1997, he has directed more than 60 productions at theatre and opera companies across New England including SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, American Repertory Theatre, Underground Railway Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Opera Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage, and the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company where he was an Artistic Associate and production dramaturg for more than 30 productions. In 2011, Scott received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence for his theatrical body of work and contributions to the cultural life of Boston.
His acclaimed revival of My Fair Lady at Lyric Stage was named among the best productions of 2015 by The Wall Street Journal, and earned Scott the Elliot Norton Award, the IRNE Award, and the Arts Impulse Award. His direction of the first U.S. revival of the opera Nixon in China was hailed as “deeply touching” by The New York Times; and his production Five by Tenn, an original compilation of Tennessee Williams plays, was honored with five Elliot Norton Awards including Outstanding Director. He also received Elliot Norton Awards for his direction of Casa Valentina, The History Boys, The Light in the Piazza, Molly Sweeney, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Eight of his productions have been recognized with awards as Outstanding Production or Musical of the year. Among his credits are Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Other Desert Cities, Light Up the Sky, Far from Heaven, Water by the Spoonful, Time Stands Still, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Next Fall, Sunday in the Park with George, Private Lives, My Name is Asher Lev, A Marvelous Party, Miss Witherspoon, The Women, The Threepenny Opera, As You Like It, Spring Awakening, Hay Fever, Dinner with Friends, and Betrayal. For Northeastern University he directed The Importance of Being Earnest and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. In January 2017, he will direct Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for Lyric Stage.
Scott began his teaching career at the University of Michigan in 1983. For many years he served on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and led their M.F.A. directing program. He has taught directing at Brown University/Trinity Rep and dramatic literature at Brandeis University where he was the inaugural Director of the Office of the Arts for 11 years.
His areas of scholarship include American and European modern drama, Queer Theatre, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill. As a professional dramaturg, he has researched and written on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Stephen Sondheim; and worked with playwrights such as August Wilson, and Jon Robin Baitz. He is the founding editor of State of the Arts magazine. Among his many articles and publications, he is the author of “Acting Misbegotten: The Creative Journey to Eugene O’Neill” in the anthology Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill (Salem Press, 2012).
For seven years, Scott served as President of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance. He has also served on the boards of the Wheelock Family Theatre, Medicine Wheel Productions, Open Space Gallery, and the HIV/AIDS fundraising organization FACT. Prior to moving to Boston, he was Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Stage Company. He has a BFA from Penn State and an MFA from Boston University.