Associate Professor, Director of the Theatre Studies Program
What I Do at SSU
I’m the Director of the Theatre Studies concentration and teach courses in dramaturgy, playwriting, theater history, and dramatic literature. I also teach in our THAR 160 Learning Community: Theatre, Dance, the Artistic Process, and You. I’m the festival director for both our Power Lines new play festival (productions of student written, directed, and designed new plays) and the Super Mega Molten Hot Lava New Play Festival (a readings festival). Some of the courses I teach have a focus on issues of race, gender, and identity, and some of the work I do focuses on ensemble-created work. Outside the department, I serve as the SSU Arts Dramaturg for the campus Arts Integration Program, where I help promote the arts on campus as a teaching tool for faculty in all disciplines. I was fortunate to receive the campus Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018.
Scott Horstein’s freelance dramaturgy credits include Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, San Diego Rep, and the Old Globe, where he dramaturged for Arthur Miller on his penultimate play Resurrection Blues. Other freelance credits include Native Voices at the Autry, Alter Theater, Watts Village Theater Company, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, National New Play Network, Greenway Court Theatre, and the Evidence Room. New York credits include Port Out, Starboard Home with foolsFURY at La Mama, and Good Bobby at 59E59 (Off-Broadway).
Scott was formerly Manager of Play Development for Cornerstone Theater Company and Literary Director for the Black Dahlia Theater in Los Angeles. He has dramaturged productions for leading playwrights including Larissa FastHorse, Sheila Callaghan, Sarah Ruhl, Octavio Solis, David Edgar, Austin Pendleton, and James Still, and for leading directors, including Bill Rauch, Mark Lamos, and Kyle Donnelly. Directing credits include Native Voices, East West Players, and the West Coast Ensemble. He has taught at South Coast Rep, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, American Musical and Drama Academy, UC San Diego, and East West Players. MFA in Dramaturgy from UCSD.
Scott is a proud and active member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA); co-editor of LMDA’s Employment Guidelines and Sample Contracts; and for many years was co-VP for the NorCal/SoCal region. He was the recipient of LMDA’s Elliott Hayes Award for dramaturgy in 2004. He holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from UCSD.