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Scott Gagnon

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts; Director of Theater


Contact Information

617 735-9781


Office Hours

Office: Marian Hall, Room 218

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.; other times by appointment

Education

M.A., Emerson College; B.A., Bridgewater State College


Bio

Scott Gagnon is a 2022 recipient of the Kennedy Center Medallion, for “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theater.” It is the most prestigious regional award given by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and is considered one of the highest honors in arts education.

He has served on the board of directors for the New England Theater Conference, the KCACTF Regional Planning Committee and for over ten years as the New England chair of the Institute for Theater Journalism and Advocacy.

Scott has also developed theater workshops and programs for adults with disabilities in the city of Natick, MA and for children ages 8 to 12 with the city of Westwood, MA.

At Emmanuel, he has directed and/or produced over 100 productions since coming to the college in 1999, including three which became invitees to the KCACTF Regional Festival (marking them among the most outstanding college productions of their year) and one, the immersive online piece Theatre Macabre: Network, which received national awards from KCACTF for Outstanding Virtual Community Engagement and Audience Development; Special Achievement in Overall Production Design,  Special Achievement in Company-Generated Work, and Innovative Use of Technology.

He is most proud of his work shaping and developing the Theater Arts program and Theater major here at Emmanuel College. He has taught and developed courses in the History of the American Musical, Dramaturgy and Play Analysis, Theatrical Design and Production, Playwriting and Shakespearean Acting, among others.

Scott’s directing credits at Emmanuel include productions of Doctor Faustus, Monty Python’s Spamalot (nonprofessional premiere), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (area premiere), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (KCACTF Regional Invited Production), Mystery Radio Theater (KCACTF Regional Invited Production, International Broadcasting Award), Night #3 (student-written, world premiere.) He is the creator of the Theatre Macabre series: Theater Macabre: Waxworks, Theatre Macabre: Network (national award winner) Theatre Macabre: Séance, and the upcoming Theatre Macabre: Drive-in.


Courses I Teach

  • SPCH1101 - Dynamics of Speech Communications
  • SPCH1103 - American Musical Theater
  • SPCH1105/ENGL1323 - Studies in Drama
  • SPCH2105/ENGL2417 - Modern Drama
  • SPCH4178 - Directed Study in Script Analysis

  • Recipient of the American College Theater Festival's Region One Critics' Award

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