Scott Faris is an associate professor of theatre practice in stage management at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and the inaugural holder of the Alice M. Pollitt Professorship in Stage Management. He began his career as an actor appearing in musicals, including A Chorus Line. As a production stage manager, he has worked with some of Broadway’s finest directors on Cats, Les Miserables, City of Angels, Cabaret, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Children of a Lesser God, Grease, Busker Alley and Whistle Down the Wind, among others.
As a director, Faris has worked on a diverse range of shows, including William Shatner’s one-man show, Shatner’s World: We Just Live in It on Broadway, Light Falls at the World Science Festival, starring Brian Greene, the renowned theoretical physicist and several concerts at New York’s prestigious Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92Y. He has traveled to six continents to stage more than 20 productions of the hit musical, Chicago, in a dozen different languages.
Beyond theatre, he is a successful director of grand spectacles and concerts. His acclaimed arena spectacular, Walking with Dinosaurs, has been seen around the world and had record-breaking runs at both New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. In Las Vegas, he directed Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace, Véronic – Voices at Bally’s Casino and EFX! starring Michael Crawford at the MGM Grand, and he was part of the original team that created Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Hotel. He has also worked as a directing consultant for Cirque du Soleil.
He has gained a reputation as an excellent show-doctor; taking over the direction of several productions, including Leslie Bricusse musical, Sammy, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, which enjoyed a sold-out run. His latest directing venture is a multi-media, immersive theatrical experience, Dinosaurs in the Wild, currently on tour in the United Kingdom.