"A thrilling visionary and master story teller, Scott’s work delves straight to the soul, honouring his writers and giving his audience an experience they’ll always hold on to. Whether helming a chamber piece or a blockbuster, a complex drama or a mega-musical, he always, always hits the mark."
- Keith Merrill
(Merrill Creative is repping Mr Schwartz for the UK, Asia and Europe - excluding Germany)
Scott Schwartz is an internationally known artist whose work has been seen on and off Broadway, across the United States, in Great Britain, Europe and Asia. He is also the Artistic Director of the acclaimed Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY. Most recently, he directed the new musical The Prince of Egypt on the West End in London and a newly revised version of the musical Big Fish for CJ ENM in Seoul, Korea. For over twenty-five years, he has built a reputation for pursuing and embracing a wide range of works for the stage, from new plays to classics to musicals and opera.
Schwartz directed Golda’s Balcony, William Gibson’s one woman play about Golda Meir, starring Tovah Feldshuh (Best Actress, Lucille Lortel Award; Best Solo Performance, Drama Desk Awards), which enjoyed a successful run at off-Broadway’s Manhattan Ensemble Theatre. Golda’s Balcony transferred to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre where it went on to become the longest running one woman show in Broadway history. He also directed London, Los Angeles and San Francisco productions of the play with Ms. Feldshuh, and a national tour starring Valerie Harper.
He directed Seance on a Wet Afternoon starring Lauren Flanigan at New York City Opera. This production began as a world premiere at Opera Santa Barbara, for which he won a Santa Barbara Indy Award as Best Director.
Schwartz directed the hit off-Broadway musicals Bat Boy: The Musical at the Union Square Theatre (2001 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical, 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award - Best Off-B'way Musical), Jonathan Larson's tick, tick... Boom! at the Jane Street Theatre (2002 Drama Desk Award Nomination, Outstanding Director of a Musical), Murder For Two at Second Stage Uptown and subsequently at New World Stages, and Rooms: A Rock Romance also at New World Stages.
Schwartz made his Broadway debut as co-director (with John Caird) of the new musical Jane Eyre which played the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. He also helmed a national touring company of Godspell, a UK touring production of Godspell (produced by David Pugh), “Lavender Girl” as part of Harold Prince’s 3hree at the Ahmanson and Prince Music Theatre, and No Way To Treat A Lady for the York Theatre.
He has directed for major regional theatres including the Ahmanson, Alley Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center Theatre Company, 5th Aveneue, Geva, Goodspeed Opera House, La Jolla Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Prince Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Rubicon, San Jose Rep, Signature Theatre, Studio Arena, TheatreWorks, Virginia Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse, and others.
Schwartz has been an Associate Artist at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas since 2007. In New York City, he has founded and run two commercial producing companies. He is currently president of Red Griffin Media, which was one of the lead producers of the new musical Rooms: A Rock Romance off-Broadway in 2009. He was President of RIOT Entertainment from 2000 until 2005, which was one of the lead producers of Bat Boy: The Musical off-Broadway, produced cabaret performances Upstairs at Studio 54, and which developed new works for the stage through readings and workshops.
He is a graduate of Harvard University a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and was a Tony Award Nominator from 2014 to 2016.