Arizona Opera Cast Members & Creatives
D. Scott Withers
D. Scott Withers (Director) is excited to be joining the Arizona Opera Education team! Scott has a long history working in performing arts for and with youth. He was a company member with Childsplay in Tempe for 24 years where he directed Androcles and the Lion, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible...Day and innumerable children’s educational productions and workshops. At Childsplay, Scott appeared in many, many productions including, most recently: The Three Javelinas, The Color of Stars, Lyle the Crocodile and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Scott served as Artistic Director for Greasepaint Youtheatre in Scottsdale where he won Arizoni and National Youth Theatre Awards for his direction of Into the Woods, Rent - School Edition, Pippin, Oliver and The Wiz. Other directing credits include: Elf the Musical and The Women for Phoenix Theatre, Little Women and To Kill a Mockingbird (Arizoni Award) for Hale Centre Theatre; Christmas in the Land of Oz and The Selfish Giant for AZ Broadway Theatre; The Life for Black Theatre Troupe; Meet Me in St. Louis and The Philadelphia Story for Theatre Works; and Deporting the Divas and Jeffrey (Arizoni Award) for In Mixed Company. Other performance credits: Anything Goes and Gypsy (Arizoni Awards) for Phoenix Theatre, Hairspray for Arkansas Rep; Baby for AZ Broadway Theatre; Lost and Foundling for The Geva; and A Year With Frog and Toad for Seattle Children’s Theatre. Up next: performing in Something Rotten at Phoenix Theatre. Scott holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from ASU and is originally from Idaho.