In the spring of 2016, the Sierra County Arts Council received the Artists Activating Communities (AAC) Grant from the California Arts Council. This program supports sustained artistic residencies in community settings, demonstrating the arts to be a central component of civic life, and artists to be vital in shaping society. AAC Projects are artist-driven, engage community members as active participants, and activate participants to develop and express their own creativity.
The SCAC hired Scott Ewing as artist in residence for 2016. In June and July, Scott directed the Youth Theater Summer Program; in August, he produced the play Love Letters. Also in August, Scott offered three community theater workshops. Scott’s final project as Artist in Residence was to direct a community theater production, two one-act plays, Complaint Department and Lemonade and Murder at the Pie Auction, performed on Oct. 14 & 15.
Scott Ewing, a resident of Grass Valley, CA, first appeared as a sheep in a manger in 1969. In 1987, he graduated with a triple degree from Pepperdine University in acting, directing and technical theater. Immediately upon graduation, he “found” the Reduced Shakespeare Company and turned the fledglings into a professional touring company, touring them through forty states and nine countries including a run on London’s West End. Today, their “complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is one of the top twelve plays performed annually worldwide. Scott has directed and/or produced over forty plays and now serves as the artistic director of Quest Theaterworks in Grass Valley and as the producer of The Nugget Fringe Festival, a celebration of all things lively arts. In January 2016, in only its second year, The Nugget Fringe Festival presented 31 unique pieces for 115 performances over 11 days. Scott is currently hard at work on The Nugget Fringe Festival’s third year, to be presented January 19-29, 2017.