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Scott Kelman - Biography


Scott Kelman's entry into theatre began in New York City in the 1960s, where he first studied with Anthony Mannino and Gene Frankel. Inspired by the early stages of the Off Off Broadway movement, he quickly broke from the traditional to the experimental, directing and performing in venues such as La Mama, Theater Genesis (St. Mark's), and M.O.M.A. Scott also started his own theater and founded the Off Off Broadway Association.

He was particularly impressed with the work of Joseph Chaikin at the Open Theater and the Becks at Living Theater and their pioneering work had a profound influence on him.

By the 1970s, Scott was conducting his own workshops in creation and performance throughout the country in theatres and less conventional places, like New York's Downstate Correctional Facility and Naraopa Institute in Colorado. He has worked with people in nursing homes, drug addicts, kids in small farming towns and the homeless population.

Los Angeles

Scott arrived in Los Angeles in 1981 and founded his organisation, Pipeline Inc., which consisted of three of the most celebrated and critically acclaimed theatres in Los Angeles: The Factory Place Theater, The Boyd Street Theater and The Wallenboyd.

As Artistic Director he has produced over 300 original programs; initiated many new formats of presentation, which are now prevalent throughout the country; conceived, directed and/or performed in over 75 productions. He has also directed in many venues around Los Angeles, such as The Odyssey, The Daniel Saxon Gallery, M.O.C.A., and The San Diego Rep.

In the last decade or so Scott was based in Portland, Oregon. He continued to develop his creative workshop techniques, deliver workshops nationally and internationally and make performance with his own group.  In 2004 Scott took on his own workshop and performance space, Brooklyn Bay. He made several pieces while in Portland including "(incredible) Things Happen on the Way to Other Places" and most recently the long-running "Tao Soup" with The Drunken Monkeys of Brooklyn Bay, which played to critical acclaim in Portland and Los Angeles. He was close to opening a new version of "The Liars Club" a piece he had first made in the 80s, when he finally succumbed to a combination of illnesses that had dogged him for years. He was seventy.


Scott has won the L.A. Weekly and Drama-Logue awards and is recipient of the prestigious Margaret Harford Award given by the L.A. Drama Critic's Circle "for unwavering commitment to innovative theater for Los Angeles, that is unashamedly experimental and unapologetically political."

He has received the L.A. Weekly's Special Career Achievement Award, a Brody Foundation Artists Fellowship, and a Special Appreciation Award from Mayor Tom Bradley.

His theatres have garnered scores of awards and many grants and honours throughout the 1980s and the L.A. Weekly called his theatres the "Best of the Best".