Scott Edmiston, Department of Theatre
The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) at Northeastern University congratulates Scott Edmiston, Theatre Department Chair and Professor of the Practice, whose recent production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? won the Outstanding Production for a Midsize Theatre Award at the 2017 Elliot Norton Awards. The Awards, presented annually by The Boston Theater Critics Association and intended to carry on the legacy of eminent Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton, honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers, and performers that audiences have seen on Boston’s stages throughout the year.
Edmiston’s innovative revival of the American classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, was produced by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. It was celebrated as “near perfect” by critics and attracted significant media attention in The Boston Globe, WBUR, and others. The production was nominated for four “Norties” and the play’s leading actress Paula Plum, who has served as a visiting theatre professor at Northeastern, was recognized with an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress.
“I was honored and delighted that WOOLF was recognized with this award,” said Edmiston. “It was especially meaningful because the playwright, Edward Albee, passed away shortly before we began rehearsals. He is one of the greatest artists in the history of American theatre, and I wanted to pay tribute to his astonishing and enduring legacy.”
Edmiston, a respected leader in the Boston theatre scene, is no stranger to the Elliot Norton Awards. He has been nominated for outstanding director eight times in the past 20 years, and won four. In 2011, he received the award for Sustained Excellence in recognition of his years of work, and just last year, he won an Elliot Norton for Outstanding Director for his productions of My Fair Lady and Casa Valentina. On campus, CAMD recently recognized Edmiston’s achievements and contributions to the College by awarding him the Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award for the 2016-2017 academic year. For the 2017-18 theatre season, he will direct Nick Payne’s Constellations, a new stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, and Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-wining classic Anna Christie.
Congratulations to Scott, and to all who were involved in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?