Joined George School in 1983
“I've been involved in Friends education, either as a student or as a teacher, for most of my life. I care about it deeply.”
What do your students learn from their work on performances?
Collaborative work is at the heart of the work we do. Teaching stagecraft relies on the assumption that virtually no performance should be done in the dark, and a play without an articulated environment would feel incomplete and confusing. Our collaborative support of the musicians, the dancers, and the actors is just as crucial to their success as their performances are to our success. That interdependence is an explicit lesson about the equivalent connectedness of most parts of life as we know it.
My stagecraft students work carefully on the creation of the set, and the cast members who act upon that set come to appreciate the complexity of their relationship to the scenery as they come and go up and down stairs and in and out of many doors. My stagecraft students in turn come to appreciate the difficulties of comic timing, of character development, and ultimately, the realization of how complex comedy can be.
In performance it is rare that one works alone. It provides an exceptional opportunity to learn the value of trust, mutual respect, and collaborative interdependence.
More about Scott:
Teaching at George School (stagecraft and video) since 1983, Scott received a BA from Earlham College. Away from school, he has twice used his considerable construction skills to help the Houma Indians of Louisiana rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Scott plays volleyball, windsurfs, and collects masks from around the world.