Interview with Scott Schofield – Broadway Breakdown

Host Jacque Borowskiinterviews special guest performer Scott Turner Schofield.

Scott Turner Schofield is a transgender male performer. He has toured internationally with his one-person shows, “Underground TRANSit”, “Debutante Balls”, and “Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps” since 2001.

Schofield received a Tanne Award for Artistic Excellence from the Tanne Foundation in 2004. The Tanne Award is given to performers who passionately make a difference in this country through their performing.

Since 2004, Schofield has also toured with Athens Boys Choir in an event called “The Southern Gents Tour.” Several of these performances were held in colleges such as University of Southern California, Reed College,Appalachian State University, and Portland State University. Schofield has also collaborated with S. Bear Bergman, numerous drag kings, and community workshop participants in a series entitled “Words Can’t Describe” in Atlanta, San Antonio, and Seattle.

In 2007, Schofield became the first artist addressing transgender issues to be awarded a Creation Fund Grant by the National Performance Network. His show, “Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps” premiered at the Capitol Hill Arts Center – produced by the Pat Graney Company – in Seattle in October 2007. The piece continues to tour internationally.

Schofield was also honored as a recipient in the 2007 Princess Grace Awards, receiving a theater fellowship in acting, the Gant Gaither Award. Schofield carried out his fellowship at 7 Stages in Atlanta, where he worked as the assistant to French director Eric Vigner on Bernard Marie Koltes‘ play “In the Solitude of Cotton Fields;” with German actress Anne Tismer on “Gutes Tun/Doing Good Things”; and with American actress/director Crystal Dickinson on Pearl Cleage‘s play “A Song for Coretta.”

In 2008, a collection of Schofield’s three solo performance scripts was published by Homofactus Press titled Two Truths and a Lie. Judith Halberstam wrote the foreword. The book was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the Drama and Transgender categories; it was placed on the American Library Association‘s 2009 Rainbow List.

In 2010, Schofield became the Artistic Director of Out North Contemporary Art House in Anchorage Alaska. He accepted an ACLU Award as a Hero for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Out North‘s founders, volunteers, and artists in 2011. He conceived of the Art House Residency Program before departing Alaska in December 2011. The program was subsequently funded for $250,000 by ArtPlace America.

In May 2012, Schofield moved to France to work again with Eric Vigner on a play by Christophe Honoré titled “La Faculté.” He worked with the Academy of the Théâtre de Lorient and actress Yutta Weiss on the world preimere at the 2012 Festival d’Avignon. The piece toured France in the 2012-13 season to Lorient, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand, Reims, and Orleans.

In May 2015, Schofield became the first openly transgender actor to play a major role on daytime television, as the character Nick on the show The Bold and the Beautiful.

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