Biography

Scott Kaiser

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Scott Kaiser is the Director of Company Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he has been a member of the artistic staff since 1993. During his tenure at OSF, Scott has worked as an actor, a voice and text coach, an adaptor, or a director on every play in Shakespeare’s canon.

Scott is the author of three books on Shakespeare: The Tao of Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s Wordcraft, and Mastering Shakespeare: An Acting Class in Seven Scenes.

Scott has created several original works and adaptations for the theatre. These include Love’s Labor’s Won, a sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost; OSF’s critically acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s three Henry the Sixth plays, which he also co-directed; Now This, an exploration of the human consequences of American consumer culture; and Splittin’ the Raft, a retelling of the Huck Finn story through the eyes of African-American abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

Scott has coached, taught, and directed at numerous theaters and actor training programs around the country, including the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Intiman Theater in Seattle, California Institute of the Arts, Indiana University, Duke University, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, the University of Washington, the University of Utah, Southern Oregon University, the D’ell Arte School of Physical Theater, and Rose Bruford College in England.

Scott holds an ADVS from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, an MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program in Seattle, and a BA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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