Dr. Scott T. Cummings
Dramatic Structure and Theatrical Process
Modern Theatre and Drama
Playwriting I and II
Scott's teaching, research, and professional interests center on contemporary American theatre, new play development and devised work, dramaturgy, and theatre criticism. At BC, he teaches courses in dramatic literature and playwriting and directs Mainstage productions on a regular basis. These productions have included several evenings of original plays by BC student playwrights under the title "New Voices," as well as an original devised work titled Ashley’s Purpose, Marie Irene Fornes’s Abingdon Square, the world premiere of Charles Mee’s A Summer Evening in Des Moines, and plays by Shakespeare, Marivaux, and Beckett.
Scott's major publications include Remaking American Theater: Charles Mee, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Maria Irene Fornes (Routledge, 2012), and The Theatre of Naomi Wallace: Embodied Dialogues (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), a collection of essays and commentary co-edited with Erica Stevens Abbitt.
Prior to joining the Boston College faculty in 1994, Scott held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. A long, long time ago, he was an undergraduate in the University of Michigan’s Residential College. He went on to receive an MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA and DFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama.
Scott was Chair of the Theatre Department from 2010 to 2014.