Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor in Theater and Drama
MFA-University of South Carolina/Shakespeare Theatre
BA-University of Pittsburgh
Specialty: Acting, Directing, Voice & Speech
Professor Scott is a director, actor, and phoneticist who began his career at CWRU with his appointment as assistant professor in July 2000, after serving as a visiting artist. He held the Climo Junior Professorship from 2004-2006, until his subsequent promotion to associate professor with tenure. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 2013, and appointed chair of the Department of Theater in 2015 and served until 2023. In 2017 he was named the Katharine Bakeless Nason Professor in Theater and Drama. Prior to his CWRU appointments, he was a lecturer at The Catholic University of America and an instructor in the Acting Conservatory of The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. He has also held faculty appointments at The Ohio State University and George Mason University. As a scholar, he has presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) annual conference, and written for professional journals such as The Voice and Speech Review.
His work as a director is wide-ranging, and includes classical plays, musicals, and contemporary comedies and dramas. Jerrold is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Favorite directing credits include Arcadia, Hay Fever, The Philadelphia Story, Present Laughter, Heartbreak House, The Rocky Horror Show, The Glass Menagerie, and The Importance of Being Earnest. He also works as a speech, text and dialect coach, and served as the resident dialect coach at Cleveland Play House for over a decade. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and is active in commercial performance/voice-over work.