Checking In With… Girl From the North Country and Hamilton Star Austin Scott
“We need the white theatre makers, who currently hold the vast majority of the power, to make long-term public commitments to implement real structural change from the top down.”
As the temporary shutdown of Broadway and theatres around the world continues, Playbill is reaching out to artists to see how they are physically and creatively responding to a changed world.
The series continues with Austin Scott, who plays Joe Scott in the critically acclaimed new musical Girl From the North Country, currently on hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic. Scott made his Broadway debut in February 2019 in the title role of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton after playing that part in the musical’s national tour. His additional stage credits include the world premieres of Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure and Gotta Dance, as well as regional productions of In the Heights and Choir Boy. On screen Scott has been seen in Pose, Prep School, They Found Hell, and Trauma.
What advice would you give to someone who may be struggling with the isolation and/or the current unrest?
Go easy on yourself. You’re doing great, this is just really hard. Reach out and connect with your friends and family or whomever you look to for support. You don’t have to go through this alone. We are social creatures, and even the most introverted among us need some community lovin’ from time to time.
How, if at all, are you keeping your creative juices flowing? Has that been helpful to you?
I’ve been trying to strike a balance between staying creative and taking this time to truly let down and recharge. Some days, I just let my artist rest and veg out, but other days I’m training with my acting coach, Joan Rosenfels, or collaborating with friends. I’ve been doing some teaching on the side as well, which has been really fulfilling for me.
Are you working on any theatrical projects during this time?
I’m going to be performing alongside some really incredible artists in a virtual benefit concert called Broadway Treats that Alexa Cepeda (my girlfriend) organized for a non-profit animal rescue organization called Animal Lighthouse Rescue. The show is going live on September 20 at 8 PM ET, and people can buy tickets at alrcares.com/events. I’ve also been able to work on some really cool passion projects that I might not normally have time for if I were working on a Broadway schedule, so that has been really wonderful as well. Follow me on Instagram @austinscott93 for updates on those projects once they become public!
What organization would you recommend people learn more about or donate to during this time of change?
Look up the Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) and Black Theatre United. They are doing very important work.