Harold Russell Scott Jr. (6 September 1935 – 16 July 2006) was an American stage director, actor and educator, who broke racial barriers in American theatre.
Scott first became known for his work as an electrifying stage actor with a piercing voice, and later as an innovative director of numerous productions throughout the country, from Broadway to the Tony Award-winning regional theatre, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he was the first African-American artistic director in the history of American regional theatre.
He began as an actor of note, performing in Jean Genet’s The Blacks and an acclaimed production of the premiere of The Death of Bessie Smith by Edward Albee. Winner of the Obie Award for acting in Jean Genet’s Deathwatch in 1959; Scott also played on Broadway in The Cool World.
Scott was chosen by Elia Kazan to be an original member of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, where he performed in Arthur Miller’s After the Fall and Incident at Vichy, and was cast by José Quintero in Thomas Middleton’s Changeling and in Eugene O’Neill’s Marco Millions. In 1984, Scott returned to Off Broadway to play Brutus in a modern dress production of Shakespeare’s Caesar with the Riverside Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Center under the direction of W. Stuart McDowell. –Wikipedia
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