In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay.
And unless it wants to break faith with its social function,
art must show the world as changeable.
And help to change it.
— Ernst Fischer



Scott is a freelance theatre professional based in Palmerston North, New Zealand and an associate member of Musical Theatre New Zealand. He views the entire process of community theatre as a form of unrecognised formal social therapy and now spends the majority of his time working with various registered charities in many non-professional theatre communities throughout New Zealand on projects with the broad goal of inspiring social change.

After his first stage foray at the age of nine as the back-end of a cow in a rural school pantomime production of Aladdin, Scott’s love of theatre kicked into high gear when he performed in several Manawatu Gang Shows in the early 1990s. His growing passion saw him move into the musical theatre genre with the Palmerston North Operatic Society (now Abbey Musical Theatre), who have firmly fostered and encouraged his talent and abilities since he was a teenager.

Scott’s involvement on stage since has ranged from numerous ensemble and principal roles, to performing as an extra in multiple Royal New Zealand Ballet productions. Principal roles he has played in major musical productions have included Thenardier in Les Misérables, Skimbleshanks in Cats, The Engineer in Miss Saigon and Monsiuer André in The Phantom of the Opera.

Scott moved into directing theatre productions fifteen years ago and loves the contrasting dynamics of this challenging and rewarding role. Previous directing credits have included Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables, Tell Me on a Sunday, Putting it Together, Noises Off, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Avenue Q, The Sound of Music, Jekyll and Hyde, George Orwell's 1984 and multiple productions of Rent, Evita and Sweeney Todd. Scott has six-times been named Best Director at the annual Globe Theatre Awards (Palmerston North), with many other awards/nominations in various categories to his name also.

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As well as his ongoing theatre work, Scott's company abstraction Synergy Shift NZ and his collaborative Australasian online project Social Rebirth both work freely with the new human rights movement towards the installation of the new emerging social model to ensure a truly sustainable global culture. Scott also hosts a weekly podcast series Project Sanity for Access Manawatu.

Synergy Shift NZ's experimental film project, 100% Pure Delu$ion, is targeted for release in 2018 through a 100% free and open online distribution model.

Scott is generally available to direct theatre productions throughout New Zealand and the wider planet Earth.

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