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Scott Palmer

I believe that theatre is a transformative art form, one that can build bridges, tear down walls, heal wounds, and that it is it slowly trying to kill me.

Scott Palmer
Founding Artistic Director, Board Member

Scott Palmer, Bag&Baggage’s founding Artistic Director, has directed and produced critically acclaimed theatrical productions across the globe. As the Artistic Director of Glasgow Repertory Company (Scotland’s Shakespeare company), Scott directed world premiere adaptations of King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and The Tempest. His radical reinterpretation of Lear was called “a 21st century Lear to cherish” by The Scotsman and his anti-war adaptation of Henry V was called “a thoughtful effort to relate to the modern world” by the Scotland on Sunday.

In the United States, Scott has adapted and directed versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Comedy of Errors. His world premiere adaptations of Twelfth Night (featuring added text by F. Scott Fitzgerald) and The Taming of the Shrew alongside Fletcher’s rarely performed sequel The Woman’s Prize have helped to develop an international reputation for Bag&Baggage. In addition to Shakespeare, Scott has directed critically acclaimed productions of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and his own remarkable adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that puts Dickens himself center-stage.

Scott is a passionate advocate for the arts, having served on the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, the Westside Cultural Alliance and regularly reviewing grants for the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. In 2010, Scott was awarded the City of Beaverton’s Arts Leadership Award. Scott’s continuing work on major literary adaptations have brought him to the attention of Shakespearean scholars across the world, and his work is regularly reviewed and featured in textbooks and journals. Scott received his BA at the University of Oregon, his Masters at Oregon State University and studied for a PhD in Contemporary Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow. Scott is responsible for all artistic decisions for Bag&Baggage, including play selection, casting and hiring directors. Much love to his husband, Brian, who really makes all of this possible.

Scott can be reached at [email address=”scott@bagnbaggage.org”].