Scott Edmiston

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Dean of Theater

Scott Edmiston joined the Conservatory in 2019 as dean of theater.

Hailed as “one of Boston’s finest directors” by the Boston Globe, Edmiston is the recipient of the 2011 Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence for his artistic body of work. He has directed more than 60 productions for theaters, universities, and opera companies across New England, including the American Repertory Theater, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Central Square Theater, Gloucester Stage Company, Greater Boston Stage Company, Opera Boston, New Repertory Theatre, and Huntington Theatre Company, where he was the artistic associate for seven years.

Prior to joining the Conservatory, he served as professor of the practice and chair of the Department of Theater at Northeastern University, where he received the Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award in 2017. His areas of teaching and expertise include directing European modern drama, 20th century American drama, queer theater and performance, the American musical, Eugene O’Neill, and Tennessee Williams.

His most recent production, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, received four 2019 Elliot Norton Award nominations including Outstanding Production. His productions have been honored with the Norton Award for Outstanding Play or Musical for the last three consecutive years: Constellations (2018), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (2017), and My Fair Lady (2016). My Fair Lady was also named among the best theater of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal and earned him the Elliot Norton Award, IRNE Award, and Arts Impulse Award for best director.

For many years, Edmiston 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, overseeing the visual and performing arts for 11 years.

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. 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, Edmiston served as president of StageSource, the Greater Boston Theatre Alliance. Prior to moving to Boston in 1997, he was a freelance director and served as artistic director of the Pennsylvania Stage Company. He holds a B.F.A. from Penn State and M.F.A. from Boston University.