• Theatre

Scott Edmiston

Department Chair, Professor of the Practice

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. 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.

His 2017 production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production; and his 2015 production of My Fair Lady was named among the best of the year by the Wall Street Journal and earned him 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 “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 Casa Valentina, The History Boys, The Light in the Piazza, Molly Sweeney, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Scott has received four IRNE Awards for his directing, and eight of his productions have been recognized with awards as outstanding production or musical.

Among his credits are Constellations, Shakespeare in Love, Anna Christie, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Other Desert Cities, Water by the Spoonful, Time Stands Still, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Light Up the Sky, Reckless, 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, The Seagull, Top Girls, Dinner with Friends, and Betrayal. He has directed The Importance of Being Earnest and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Glass Menagerie for Northeastern.

Scott began his teaching career at the University of Michigan. For many years he served on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and led 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 overseeing the visual and performing arts.

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). He received the 2017 CAMD Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award.

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.

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Education

  • MFA Boston University
  • BFA,Penn State

Awards

  • Elliot Norton Nomination, Outstanding Director, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,2017
  • Northeastern University/CAMD Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award.2017
  • Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Director, My Fair Lady, Casa Valentina,2016
  • Arts Impulse Award, Best Director of a Musical, My Fair Lady
  • Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award, Best Director of a Musical, My Fair Lady
  • IRNE Nomination, Best Director, Brundibar,2015
  • Penn State University Distinguished Alumni Award,2012
  • 2011 Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Boston Theatre Critics Association
  • Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The History Boys, The Light in the Piazza,2009
  • IRNE Award for Best Director of a Musical, The Light in the Piazza,2009
  • Outstanding Artist Award, SpeakEasy Stage Company,2009
  • Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director, Five by Tenn ,2006
  • IRNE Award for Best Director, Five by Tenn, The Women,2006
  • StageSource Theatre Hero Award for “leadership, vision, inspiration, and dedication to the Boston theatre” ,2005
  • Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director, Molly Sweeney,1998

Courses Taught

  • Directing for the Stage
  • Rebels of Modern Drama
  • America Onstage

Research/Publications Highlights

• 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).

 

• He received the 2017 CAMD Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award.

 

Research Interests

  • Acting
  • American Musical
  • American/British/European Modern Drama
  • Contemporary Theatre
  • Directing
  • Dramaturgy
  • Eugene O’Neill
  • Lillian Hellman
  • Noel Coward
  • Queer Theatre
  • Script Analysis
  • Tennessee Williams