Inducted into the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame, August 16, 2004.
Scott Stoney has been an active and contributing artistic member of the theatre community of Dayton for over 25 years. He has moved with ease through the roles of actor, director, choreographer, musician, writer and teacher--playing many simultaneously. Only his talent surpasses his dedication to the art of theatre. And his students and actors will tell you that there is no one more dedicated to their growth and development. There is a wealth of theatre experiences pre-Dayton, but that's another Hall of Fame's responsibility.
In 1978, Scott's stage adaptation of Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine first captured local audiences--staged with the support of The Dayton Playhouse. This led to the founding of Illumination Theatre, to which he contributed adaptations of The Phantom Tollbooth, Animal Farm, A Christmas Carol, and To Kill A Mockingbird, to name a few. Many theatres supported Illumination Theatre: The Dayton Theatre Guild, Centerville Town Hall and Sinclair Theater. Scott was involved with the first Muse Machine In-School Tours, acting and directing. Scott directed a number of the first Muse Machine musicals (assisting on West Side Story, and directing Guys and Dolls, Carousel) and began his teaching career at Sinclair Community College, where he served as Artist-In-Residence for the Theatre Department. During this time, he also performed every chance he could: community theatre, dinner theatre, summer stock and university guest artist were the only opportunities available locally.
With the formation of The Human Race Theatre Company in 1986--and as a founding member--Scott began another phase of his professional career. There are a number of theatre productions that stand out--and Scott has been associated with all of them. The very first production of The Human Race, Count Dracula, featured Scott as a “white-haired” Dracula. Trust me...it is always about the hair. Performances in The Boys Next Door (Norman Bulanski), Angels in America (Roy Cohn), Children of Eden (Father), Rocky Horror Picture Show (Franknfurter), Taking Sides, Bat Boy, and of course Sweeney Todd are burned in theatergoers' memories. And as a director, some of the most successful productions have been under his detailed leadership, including The Colred Museum, Six Women with Brain Death, Little Shop of Horrors, Beehive, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Spitfire Grill, and the record-breaking West Side Story at the Victoria Theatre.
Though Scott has performed in New York, Chicago and throughout Europe, he chooses to make Dayton his artistic home, and he is constantly regenerating the talent. Through the programs at Sinclair and The Human Race, he has worked with students to build on their talents and interests--whether it is high school shadow programs, career days, or youth theatre workshops. Scott has coached more theatre students into the college of their choice than any other artist.
This season alone, Scott will direct for The Human Race and Carillon Park. He will appear in the world premiere of Was at the Loft, in EGBDF at the Mead Theatre and at the Victoria Theatre in Green Gables. And who know what else.
In 2002, Scott was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Montgomery County for his 25 years of theatre in the region--his artistry, his involvement with young people and his dedication to making the art form stronger. Having worked with almost every arts organization...I can think of no other person worthier of inclusion in the Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame.
--Kevin Moore, Executive Director
The Human Race Theatre Company