Theatre and Dance at Wayne was lucky to start the 2017-2018 season with Scotty Arnold on campus. Hailing from California’s Bay Area, Arnold now lives in New York where he writes music and musicals as a founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory, and has also served on the music teams of over 30 new musicals including Fun Home, Here Lies Love, Murder Ballad, The Last Goodbye, Giant, The Total Bent, The Band’s Visit, and American Idiot. Arnold served as the guest director for our season opener, The Underpants, but also shared his many musical talents with both our graduate and undergraduate students. Theatre students at Wayne had the opportunity to work on a week-long workshop with Scotty, working on his original songs and short musicals.
Third Year MFA Actor, Nick Stockwell, who performed in Arnold’s short musical The Veterans Wife for the workshop, said of his experience “Scotty Arnold wrote some absolutely incredible pieces and this program, in addition to Motor City Cabaret [(the undergraduate participants)], is absolutely loaded with talent. At this point I am no longer surprised to see what my classmates can do with only one week of work.”
Luke Hodgson, a member of Motor City Cabaret also had an amazing experience learning from Scotty, saying “It was fantastic for all of us to have the opportunity to work with such a great talent, and to see each of us grow through the amazing experience.”
Scotty also had a great experience hosting this workshop. “It was invigorating to work on my short musicals with the amazing students at Wayne State. Their eagerness to dive into challenges and lay themselves bare onstage was admirable, and I can’t wait for the chance to do it again.”
“Scotty Arnold showed us that we are all capable ofmaking a product that was unique, genuine, and all around a great time!” – Alex Morrison, Motor City Cabaret
Seeing how much Theatre and Dance at Wayne students were able to grow and accomplish over the course of one week, working with such a talented guest as Scotty Arnold was inspiring for students and audience members alike. Are you interested in exciting and enriching experiences like these? Check out our admissions website to learn more about joining Theatre and Dance at Wayne!
Musical Theatre Workshop Participants