Scott McKenna Campbell (Ph.D)

Scott McKenna Campbell is a theatre artist, musician, researcher and educator. He recently earned his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Madison English Department, where he teaches students in Shakespeare, dramatic literature and composition. He is currently pursuing an accelerated MA in Arts & Creative Enterprise with the Bolz Center for Arts Administration within the UW-Madison School of Business.

His research examines the materiality of musical instruments in plays, contemporary and historical actor-musicianship, and convergences of folklore, song, and theatre performance. His dissertation, “The Musical Turn: A New Dramaturgy for Stage Instruments and Actor-Musicianship in Twentieth-Century Irish Drama” examines traditional musical instruments on twentieth-century Irish stages with an eye towards creating more complete scholarship on folk instruments and more engaging productions of Irish dramatic texts.

As an actor, music director, composer, and director, Scott seeks out classical theatre productions, new work development, devised theatre, and musical theatre experiments. His performance and production interests include heightened language plays, new adaptations of myth and epic, and actor-musician pieces. He has performed with professional theatre companies across the Midwest and East Coast and collaborated with International touring companies. Scott enjoys ongoing professional relationships with the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and Door Shakespeare.

He won the Lyman S.V. Judson & Ellen Mackechnie Judson Graduate Student Award in the Creative Arts in 2018 and his music and lyric compositions have earned recognition from the Cleveland Critics Circle (2019) and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (2017) among others. When he is not writing music for theatre, he can be found playing traditional music from Ireland, Scotland, England and Scandinavia on various traditional instruments.

Scott holds a BA from the College of Wooster and an M.Litt from Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance program.