Red Mountain Theatre Company kindly welcomes the newest addition to its staff, a veteran of the Birmingham theatre scene, Henry Scott as an Artist in Residence. Throughout Henry’s career, he always seems to come back to Birmingham since his story began with the city in 1986 as a freshman at Birmingham-Southern College.
Scott would leave the university after a year-and-a-half to join the conservatory program at Webster University in St. Louis, but Birmingham always seemed to call him back. “My old professor at Birmingham-Southern, Michael Flowers, called me and asked me to choreograph Peter Pan and the next summer I directed Godspell at the Alabama Theatre. That was the first time I ever directed a show. I had the capacity to hold a space for a group of actors to be able to have a beautiful experience of going through the process of rehearsing a show.”
It was this experience that Scott began to refocus his passion to his original intention of teaching. “I had lived in New York to find work outside of New York and had been on road. I got lost in the hunger for success and fame and lost sight of teaching.” He would soon transition his life from a performer working on national tours of Bye Bye Birdie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to living on the side of a mountain in Arizona to meditate, learn to play the guitar and figure out his next phase in life.
His personal journey would lead him to Georgia to teach theatre for K-12 for six years until he would eventually teach at Kennesaw State University. After 8 years of teaching at Kennesaw State, he would run a meditation center in Delaware before landing an opportunity to return to Birmingham to direct RMTC’s successful production of Dreamgirls. Henry is back with RMTC and is eager to engage in all the opportunities that are presented to him.
“I like Red Mountain Theatre Company because it is multilayer. They are interested in the whole human being. You have some productions for entertainment purposes, but then there are productions that address who we are, how we relate to each other and how do we do it better.”
Scott is especially excited about working on the Human Rights Festival, a four-day festival of new works to inspire, engage, and transform audiences. It’s an opportunity for him to continue his message that the arts can overcome the perception of separation and allows anybody to find their own voice. As Scott says it best, “aim at something that is beautiful and meaningful. That is what the arts allow us to do.”