180 Ryder Hall
Professor of the Practice and Chair
Scott Edmiston was named “one of Boston’s finest directors” by The Boston Globe, and is the recipient of the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence for his artistic body of work and contributions to the cultural life of Boston. He has directed more than 60 productions for theatre and opera companies across New England including the American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, the Nora Theatre, Opera Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Central Square Theatre, and the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company where he was the Artistic Associate for six years.
His direction of the first U.S. revival of the opera Nixon in China was hailed as “musically deft and deeply touching” by The New York Times; and his production Five by Tenn, an original compilation of newly discovered Tennessee Williams plays, was honored with five Elliot Norton Awards including Outstanding Director. He also received Elliot Norton Awards for his direction of The History Boys, The Light in the Piazza, Molly Sweeney, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Among his credits are Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Other Desert Cities, 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. Scott has received three IRNE Awards for his directing, and seven of his productions have been recognized with awards as Outstanding Production or Musical. His professional productions for 2014-15 are the Boston premiere of the new musical Far from Heaven and a revival of Moss Hart’s classic Light Up the Sky.
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 chaired their MFA 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. His areas of scholarship include American and European modern drama, Queer Theatre, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill. He recently contributed the chapter “Acting Misbegotten” to the anthology Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill (Salem Press, 2012).
For seven years, Scott served as President of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance. 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.