Scott Sharplin is a playwright, director, dramaturge, educator, and arts administrator. He received training in playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, as well as arts & cultural management training from MacEwan University. Scott holds a B.A. (Honours English) and an M.A. (Humanities Computing) from the University of Alberta. He grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, but currently lives in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Scott has had his scripts produced by Shadow Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Walterdale Playhouse, Sound & Fury Theatre, the Shakespeare Company, the Boardmore Playhouse, Cape Breton Stage Company, and Highland Arts Theatre. Three of his plays have been published in the following anthologies: “Staging Alternative Albertas” (Playwrights Canada Press, 2002), “Three on the Boards” (Signature Editions, 2008), and “Hot Thespian Action!” (Athabasca University Press, 2008). He is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Playwrights’ Atlantic Resource Centre.
Scott also has experience as an arts journalist, and recently he has begun accepting commissions to write role-playing game adventure scenarios and resources, primarily for Paizo, which publishes the world’s most successful role-playing game.
After being introduced to theatre through Victoria Composite High School and the Citadel’s Teen Festival of the Arts, Scott co-founded the Carnival of Shrieking Youth theatre festival in 1993, and Sound and Fury Theatre in 2000. He served as Artistic Director of Sound and Fury from 2000-2004, and as Artistic Director of Walterdale Playhouse, Western Canada’s longest-running community theatre, from 2005-2007. More recently, he has directed plays for the Boardmore Theatre, the Fortress of Louisbourg Association, and Highland Arts Theatre.
Scott teaches English and Drama at Cape Breton University. In the past, he has taught for Edmonton’s MacEwan University, including courses in English, Drama, Science Fiction, Gothic Horror, Creative Writing, and Shakespeare in Film. He has also done contract work with Athabasca University, Canada’s leading distance education institution, developing course material and online learning resources.
Scott does freelance work as an arts and cultural advisor and administrator. He is an accomplished grant writer, and has training in arts accounting and arts advocacy. His personal mission is to ensure that East Coast artists in general, and Cape Breton artists in particular, receive their fair share of government funding and support.