Bard Faculty

Virginia Scott

Visiting Artist in Residence

Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance


BA, Wesleyan University; additional training with Christopher Bayes, of the Yale School of Drama, in clown and commedia. Virginia Scott is an award-winning director, physical acting instructor, and cofounder, with Bayes, of the Funny School of Good Acting in Brooklyn, New York. She has taught clown, commedia dell’arte, physical comedy, movement, directing, and/or acting at the University of Southern California; Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; The Juilliard School; Pace University; Fordham University; Stella Adler Studio; Movement Theater Studio; and the Art of Acting Studio and Clown School in Los Angeles, among others. She is coauthor, with Bayes, of Discovering the Clown, or the Funny Book of Good Acting (2017). Known for her fast-paced and visually exciting style, Scott has also served as director or collaborated on productions including Commedia Dell’Arte Presentation, UCLA Fowler Museum, Los Angeles; The Amazing Ted Show, performed in New York and South Africa; Neal Medlyn Loves You. For Real and Planet Banana, at New York’s Ars Nova; Afterlife (2013), presented at theaters in Minneapolis and Seattle, and as part of the Canadian Fringe Festival Tour; I’m Uncomfortable
(2009–10), seen at UCB and Ars Nova in New York as well as the Rogue Festival in San Jose; Offensive Woman (2008), hosted by comedian Julie Goldman and produced by Eve Ensler at the Zipper Factory Theater; among many others. Dramaturgy experience includes F*cking Up Everything, a New York Times Critic’s Pick and Obie Best New Musical Nominee. At Bard: Spring 2018.