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 before becoming a production stage manager, where he worked with some of Broadway’s finest directors on productions of Cats, Les Miserables, City of Angels, Cabaret, Ain’t Misbehavin’, They’re Playing Our Song, 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, soon to be seen on PBS’ Great Performance series and several concerts at New York’s prestigious Lyrics & Lyricists series at the 92Y. He has traveled to six continents to stage 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, had record-breaking runs at both New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena and raised the bar on arena entertainment. In Las Vegas, he directed Bette Midler’s The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace, EFX! — starring Michael Crawford at the MGM Grand, and Véronic – Voices at Bally’s Casino, and was part of the original team that created Siegfried & Roy at the Mirage Hotel.
He has done extensive work as a show doctor and has been a directing consultant for Cirque Du Soleil. His latest directing venture the multimedia, immersive theatrical experience, Dinosaurs in the Wild, just completed a successful run in the UK.