Scott Sheridan is an actor, writer and arts educator. Since graduating from the Western Academy of Performing Arts in 2009, he has worked with some of Australia’s best known theatre companies, including Bell Shakespeare, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Sport for Jove Theatre Company, as well as a number of independent companies. Having worked extensively on classic texts, Scott has begun experimenting more with his own work. His short film, ‘Unwanted Friend’, was a Tropfest finalist in 2010, and more recently he wrote, produced and acted in another short, ‘Undeadicated’, currently in post-production.
As a performer and a writer, comedy is Scott’s greatest passion. With the support of a Cultural Trust grant, he will undertake a five-week intensive improvisation course at The iO Theatre in Chicago, USA. Chicago’s comedy schools are world-renowned, having produced iconic performers such as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert and John Belushi, and the city itself is considered an international hub for comedy and theatre. Scott will make the most of his time in Chicago, and has already planned to meet with various artists and theatres in order to expose himself to as wide a range of practices and techniques as possible, while making valuable industry connections.
Scott will also complete a three-day improvisation and writing intensive at the Second City, exploring different forms of American comedy, such as the late night show, sketch shows and sitcoms, and the factors that make the US comedy industry one of the most successful and unique in the world.
This opportunity to hone his improvisational and performance skills will be immensely valuable to Scott’s personal craft and career. It will also provide him with techniques that he can use in his role as an arts educator, allowing him to share new skills and knowledge with future generations, and to contribute to a significant and sustainable comedy industry in Australia.