Desmond Scott

Desmond Scott Portrait
Artistic Director
1970 - 1972
Select Productions:
• The Father
• Ghosts
• Endgame

Desmond Scott (1926-Present), was the ninth Artistic Director of Hart House Theatre.

Born in England he is the son of the influential musician and composer Cyril Scott—described by noted conductor Eugene Goossens as “the father of modern British music.”1 After graduating from Cambridge University and London’s famed Old Vic Theatre School, he worked for a number of years at the BCC as an announcer, emigrating to Canada in 1957.2

Scott became the director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in the early 1960s, while working as an actor and director. In 1970, following Leon Major’s departure to the newly constructed St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Scott became the director of productions at Hart House Theatre (then within the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama).3 Continuing Major’s program of employing a professional company at Hart House Theatre, Scott’s tenure was controversial with the student body, with The Globe and Mail critic Herbert Whittaker arguing it only produced, “confusion… from the dubious nature of its connection with the University of Toronto’s Graduate Centre.”4 However, his tenure was not without its artistic highs. Of particular note was his production of Endgame with Ted Follows who was described as giving a “marvelous performance of aimless monotony.”5

Scott’s work after his departure from Hart House Theatre in 1972 has continued to incorporate his interest in Beckett through his passion as a sculptor. As Scott describes his work is “inspired by the theatre, particularly Samuel Beckett and Shakespeare.”6 His series of pieces based Waiting for Godot in particular garnered critical acclaim.7 His artistic career since the 1970s exemplifies the breadth of his interests and has included serving as President of the Canadian Sculptor’s society, teaching at the National Theatre School, and lecturing on the life and work of his father, Cyril Scott.8

Desmond Scott currently resides in Toronto with his wife Corinne Langston (a fellow artist) and his daughter Amanta and son Dominic.


Show 8 footnotes

  1. Desmond Scott, “The Music of Cyril Scott,” accessed March 25, 2014,
  2. Desmond Scott, “About Desmond Scott,” The Life of Cyril Scott, July 24, 2008,
  3. University of Toronto, President’s Report for the Year Ended June 1970 (Toronto: University of Toronto, June 1971),,
  4. Urjo Kareda, “Hart House Theare Starts New Program,” Toronto Star, June 20, 1972.
  5. Lynn Stapleton, “Audience Smiles at Endgame,” The Toronto Citizen, November 5, 1970.
  6. Desmond Scott, “Sculptors Society of Canada—Member Details,” Sculptors Society of Canada, 2004,
  7. “Artists’ Greeting Cards | Tioram Enterprises Inc.,” accessed March 25, 2014,
  8. Scott, “About Desmond Scott.”