Eric Dean Scott

actor, writer, performer and director from New York

Eric Dean Scott foto/photo: Nada Žgank
An actor, writer, director and performer from New York City. He completed his theater training at the Experimental Theater Wing at New York University. There he trained in techniques based on the physical and experimental theater movements coming out of the 60s and 70s: he studied actor training in the theater work and ideas of Jerzy Grotowski with teachers Ryzsard Cieslak (lead actor of Grotowski's Polish Theater Lab); Kevin Kuhlke (Iowa Theater Lab) and Saskia Hegt (actor, Richard Schechner's Performance Group); Six Viewpoints training with dancer Mary Overlie; and vocals and singing with Jonathan Hart (Roy Hart Theater). After his ETW training, Eric also trained at the William Esper Studio the Meisner Technique; studied Mask, Physical Theater, Games/Improvisation, Alexander Technic at the Actors Center in NYC; as well Acting and Scene Work with the director Lloyd Richards.

Since completing his training at ETW, he has been making theater in the downtown New York experimental theater scene and has been a founding/associate member of a number of theater groups: Gorilla Repertory Theater company, bringing highly physical, outdoor performances of Shakespeare to the public in parks and other public sites since 1991; International WOW Company, creating large cast performances/spectacles at site specific venues throughout New York City; The Faux-Real Theater Company, bringing theater to children in Central Park, and WaxFactory, an internationally based multi-media theater company, among others. He has worked with Obie-award winning theater-makers Richard Maxwell, Jeff Weiss (in his late-night burlesque/cabaret series Hot Keys / Come Clean), Stacy Dawson, and most recently, with Jay Scheib, in work integrating video and cinematic values into live play performances using onstage camera techniques and mixing split-screen live feed images into the dramaturgy of performances. In his original performances pieces, such as tales from bordertown (vol. II) and his performances of Allen Ginsberg's HOWL!, he combines his physical theater/impulse work with traditional storytelling modes of oral (epic) poetry. 
From 2009, he has been living and working in Ljubljana, Slovenia.