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About the Playwright

Scot Lahaie is an American playwright living in the Midwest. Trained as a stage director, his professional experiences also include work as an actor, director, designer, and university professor. He currently serves as the coordinator of the online graduate program in theatre at Regent University. Scot also serves as clergy in the Anglican Church of North America.

Prof. Lahaie is a seasoned theater professional with a demonstrated penchant for the classic plays of the stage. As an actor, he played Romeo in ROMEO AND JULIET, Caliban in THE TEMPEST, Sir Andrew in TWELFTH NIGHT, and Estragon in WAITING FOR GODOT. He has also played the Baritone Leads in the Musicals JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS and THREE GUYS. His most successful role, which he has repeated three times, was Tito Morelli in LEND ME A TENOR.

As a stage director, Prof. Lahaie has directed more than 80 stage projects, to include Euripides’ MEDEA, Shaw’s MISALLIANCE, Corneille’s POLYEUCTE, and Beckett’s WAITING FOR GODOT. He has also directed a number of Shakespeare’s plays, to include MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and THE TEMPEST.

As a college professor, he taught coursework in stage directing, theater history, dramatic literature, theater business & non-profit management, stage combat, and acting at all levels. He has taught at Regent University (VA), Baylor University (TX), and Gardner-Webb University (NC). He currently serves as the Coordinator of the online MA Program in Theatre at Regent University.

This website serves to disseminate information about Prof. Lahaie's playwrighting activities. Most of his plays are now available in both Paperback and Kindle formats, and the Kindle versions are listed with Kindle Unlimited, so you may read the plays without further cost if you subscribe to KU.

If you’re looking to request performance rights for one of his plays or make contact to discuss a guest lecture, then you’ve come to the right place. Please visit the Contact Page to send him a message.

Published Books

The Collected Plays: Volume Two. Clay Tablet Creative, (Forthcoming in 2021).

The Collected Plays: Volume One. Clay Tablet Creative, (Forthcoming in 2021).

So You Think You Can Worship: A Christmas Play. Clay Tablet Creative, 2020.

Big Brother 2024: A Play in Twelve Scenes. Clay Tablet Creative, 2020.

Mysterium: A Play in Two Acts. Clay Tablet Creative, 2019.

Purgatorium: A Play. Clay Tablet Creative, 2019.

Mary, Mother of God: A Play in Two Acts. Clay Tablet Creative, 2019.

LEAR ReLoaded: A Deconstruction Based on the Text of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Acting Edition. Lulu Press, 2008.

The Culture War Plays: Dogfall, Purging Mary, Gloria Dei. Clay Tablet Creative, 2014.

Gadfly: A Cosmic Cabaret. Clay Tablet Creative, 2011.

Luminarium: A Play in Five Acts. Clay Tablet Creative, 2010.

Big Brother 2014: A Play in Twelve Scenes. Clay Tablet Creative, 2009.

LEAR ReLoaded: A Deconstruction Based on the Text of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Coffee Table Edition (with full color photos). Lulu Press, 2008.

Dogfall: A Drama in Two Acts. Lulu Press, 2008.

Gloria Dei: A Drama in Two Acts. Lulu Press, 2008.

Purging Mary: A Drama in Two Acts. Lulu Press, 2008.

The Cattleman’s Suite: A Two-Act Comedy. New York: Writers Club Press, 2002.

Edited Works and Translations

Lahaie, Scot and Ute Lahaie, translators. Martyr! A Tragedy (A new translation of Pierre Corneille’s tragedy Polyeucte.) Lulu Press, 2008.

Lahaie, Scot and Ute Lahaie, translators. The Beloved by Heinz Coubier. Translated from the German by Ute and Scot Lahaie. Berlin: Will Meisel Publishing, 1990. (Available as production manuscript only.)Lahaie, Scot, ed. New Plays Festival, Volume Three: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. New York: iUniverse, 2006.

The Horton Foote Review, Volume One. (Scot Lahaie, Editor). New York: iUniverse, 2005

The Best of 24 HOURS: New Ten-Minute Plays. (Scot Lahaie, Editor). New York: iUniverse, 2005.

New Plays Festival, Volume One: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. (Scot Lahaie, Editor). New York: iUniverse, 2003.

New Plays Festival, Volume Two: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. (Scot Lahaie, Editor). New York: iUniverse, 2004.

New Plays Festival, Volume Three: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. (Scot Lahaie, Editor). New York: iUniverse, 2005.

Honors & Awards

  • Awarded “First Place” in the WinePress Publishing Adaptation Screenplay Contest at Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival, 2012.
  • Recipient of three Students’ Choice Awards (in recognition of outstanding teaching performance as indicated by scores achieved on the Student Opinion of Instruction survey) at Gardner-Webb University for the school years ending in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
  • Awarded “Outstanding Director” for Waiting for Godot in the 2007 Metrolina Theatre Association’s (MTA) annual award competition.  This production was nominated for six awards.
  • Awarded “Outstanding Production” for my production of The Crucible in the 2009 Metrolina Theatre Association’s (MTA) annual award competition.  This production received seven nominations, earning five awards, to include “Outstanding Performance by an Actor” and “Outstanding Performance by an Actress.”
  • Nominated five times for “Outstanding Director” (Purging Mary, Baby! The Musical, Waiting for Godot, The Crucible, and Martyr!) in Metrolina Theatre Association’s (MTA) annual award competition between 2006 and 2009.  These five shows received a total of forty-eight nominations.
  • Awarded the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) Charles M. Getchell New Play Award 2004/05 for Dogfall, a drama about doctor-assisted suicide and the right-to-die movement.
  • Awarded the North Carolina Theater Conference (NCTC) New Play Award 2004 for Dogfall, a drama about doctor-assisted suicide and the right-to-die movement.
  • Semi-finalist in Edward Albee’s Last Frontier Theater Festival (Alaska) 2004 for Dogfall, a drama about doctor-assisted suicide and the right-to-die movement.
  • Awarded the Mark Gilbert New Play Award 2004 and the North Carolina New Play Project for Dogfall, a drama about doctor-assisted suicide and the right-to-die movement. The award and subsequent production are both sponsored by the Greensboro (NC) Playwrights’ Forum.
  • Biography included in Marquis Who’s Who in Education, annually since 2006.
  • Biography included in Marquis Who’s Who in America, annually since 2004.
  • Awarded “Best Lighting for a Play” for Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap during the 1992 European Tournament of Plays sponsored by the US Army Entertainment Program.
  • Awarded “Best Director of a Play” for Molière’s Tartuffe during the 1988 European Tournament of Plays.  This play was nominated for seven awards, to include “Best Play.”

Publications: Scholarly Articles, Poetry, & Published Plays​

  • “Ode to a Cataract” and “Violence is Blue.” Two poems published in Harvests of New Millennium: An International Literary Journal (Vol. VI, No. 1, January 2011).
  •  “Gadfly.” A full-length play published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol. XXII, No. 1/2, 2010) published by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (December 2010). 
  • “Midnight’s Somber Dream.” A poem published in The Taj Mahal Review: An International Literary Journal (Vol. IX, No. 2, December 2010).
  • “The Epic Web: Origin Stories of the Epic Theatre.” A full-length article published in the Journal of Drama Studies: An International Journal of Research on World Drama in English. Vol. 1, No. 2 (July 2007).
  • “The Old Man and His Will.” A one-act play included in New Plays Festival, Volume Three: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. New York: iUniverse (2006).
  • “Dogfall: A Play in Two Acts.” A full-length play published in Southern Theatre Magazine—The Quarterly Magazine of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, Volume XLVI, No. 4 (Fall 2005).
  • “The Translation.” A one-act play included in New Plays Festival, Volume Two: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. New York: iUniverse, 2004.
  • “On the Purpose of Christian Art.” An essay included in Christ and Culture: Proceedings of the 2001 Christianity in the Academy Conference.  William R. Marty & Bruce W. Speck, eds. Southern Pines, N.C.: Carolinas Press, 2004.  Pp. 35-40.
  •  “Six Soldier Junction: A Soldier’s Anthology.” A play included in New Plays Festival, Volume One: New One-Act Plays by Emerging American Playwrights. New York: iUniverse, 2003.
  • “Religiocosmic Fiction: A Cultural Reading of Genre” – A full-length article published in the Journal of Contemporary Thought, sponsored by the Forum on Contemporary Theory at the University of Baroda (India) and Louisiana State University-Shreveport, 2002.

Publications: Book Reviews & Reports​

  • Book review of Christ John Otto’s Bezalel: Redeeming a Renegade Creation for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol. XXVIII, No. 1/2, 2016) published by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.
  • Book review of Rene Girard’s Theater of Envy for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol. XVIII, No. 1/2, 2006) published by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.
  • Book review of Jeffrey Hart’s Smiling Through the Cultural Catastrophe: Toward the Revival of Higher Education for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol. XV, No. 1/2, 2003) published by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.
  • Conference Report – “Report of the annual convention of the Forum on Contemporary Theory” published in the Newsletter of the Forum on Contemporary Theory at the University of Baroda (India) and Louisiana State University-Shreveport, 2002.
  • Book review of George Marsden’s The Outrageous Idea of Christian Scholarship for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol. XII, No. 1/2, 2000) published by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.
  • Book review of Jeffrey H. Boyd’s Reclaiming the Soul: The Search for Meaning in a Self-Centered Culture for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (Vol. X, No. 1/2, 1998) published by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

Conference Papers​

  • “Dogfall: A public reading of a new play” – My play Dogfall was presented as a staged reading with author feedback at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Greensboro, NC (March 2005).
  • “The Epic Web: Origin Stories of the Epic Theater” – A paper presented at the International Federation of Theater Research (ITRF) World Congress in Amsterdam. (July 2002).
  • “Un-American Americana: Chekhovian Images in Horton Foote’s Alone” – A paper presented at ‘Art & Soul,’ a conference on Religious Faith and Literary Art at Baylor University, sponsored by the Institute of Faith and Learning (March 2002).
  • “Religion, Playwriting, and Theatre Production” – A panel discussion held at ‘Art & Soul,’ a conference on Religious Faith and Literary Art at Baylor University, (March 2002).
  • “Religiocosmic Fiction: A Cultural Reading of Literary Genre” – A paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Criticism and Theory, Konark, India, sponsored by the Forum on Contemporary Theory at the University of Baroda in collaboration with Louisiana State University-Shreveport (December 2001).
  • “On the Nature of Christian Art” – A paper presented at Memphis State University’s conference on “Christianity in the Academy” (April 2001).
  • “Ira Aldridge: Black Actor, White History” – A paper presented at SORAC 2000, a conference on “Black Thought and Movements in World History” at Montclair State University, NJ (2000).
  • “On Crusade?  Female Americans Anticipate War, 1914 - 1917” – A paper presented at the Southwest Social Sciences Association Conference in Galveston, Texas (March 2000).
  • “C. S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy, and the Great Genre Debate” – A paper presented at “Art & Soul,” Religious Faith and Literary Art at Baylor University, (Feb. 2000). Also presented at Memphis State conference on “Christianity in the Academy” (March 1998). 

Accomplishments

  • Received a showcase article in American Theatre Magazine for my original production of LEAR ReLoaded in January 2009.
  • Co-founder of The Horton Foote Society (2002) and Vice-President for the annual terms from 2002 - 2007.
  • Founding editor of the Horton Foote Review, the scholarly journal of the Horton Foote Society, 2005.
  • Wrote a successful grant proposal for the Artist-in-Schools Grant from the Arts Council (NC) for 2004. 
  • Founder/Artistic Director of the New Plays Festival at Gardner-Webb University (2003). 
  • Founder/Director of the Playwrights Workshop at Gardner-Webb University (2003). This annual event stages a new full-length play in a workshop format with the playwright present on campus to facilitate rewrites and development.
  • Piloted the educational program 24 HOURS at Gardner-Webb University. Held once each semester, this program creates an evening of new, fully produced one-act plays within a 24-hour period.
  • Chair of a scholarly panel entitled “National Identity and Cultural Memory in Germany: Staging Wolf, Goethe and Wagner” at the IRTF World Congress in Amsterdam, 2002.
  • Guest reviewer for the Red River Valley Historical Journal, 2002.
  • Faculty Research Fellow, Oral History Institute, Baylor University, 2001. Project Title: “Four Decades of Progress: The Theater of Bill Cook and Pat Cook.”
  • Editorial reviewer for a pre-press manuscript of an Introduction to Theater textbook, Wadsworth, 2000.
  • Entertainment Coordinator for the Renaissance Faire at Münzenberg Germany for the 8 summers from 1986-1993.
  • Host and Project Officer for the annual European Tournament of Plays, sponsored by the US Army Entertainment Program for the three events from 1990-1992.

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