Scott is a freelance theatre professional based in Palmerston North and an associate member of Musical Theatre New Zealand. He views the entire process of community-based theatre as an essential part of setting the stage for more viable levels of social development and the consequent structural socioeconomic change now required for our species’ survival.
Working with registered charities in non-professional theatre communities throughout New Zealand, previous directing credits have included Jekyll & Hyde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Avenue Q, Les Misérables, Putting it Together and multiple productions of Rent, Evita and Sweeney Todd.
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. He has six-times been named Best Director at the Manawatu Regional Theatre Awards, with many other awards and nominations in various categories to his name also.
In direct synergy with his theatre work, Scott also volunteers freely with the new human rights movement towards the installation of the new emerging social model to ensure a truly sustainable global culture. In this capacity, he is a Strategic Advisor for the NZ Institute of Resource-Based Economics (NZIRBE) and he stood as an educational candidate in the 2017 NZ General Election, in association with Money Free NZ.
Scott also hosts a bi-weekly educational podcast Project Sanity for Manawatu People's Radio.
Scott is generally available to direct theatre productions throughout New Zealand and the wider planet Earth.
See also: www.scottandrew.life