Scott Wise

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Scott Wise
Occupation Actor, director, choreographer
Spouse(s) Elizabeth H. Parkinson (1999-present)
Kiel Junius (div.)

Scott Wise is an American actor, director and choreographer.

Life and career[edit]

Although a life-trained dancer, Wise first became seriously interested in dance as a career while studying to become an accountant.[1] He performed with the Joffrey II, then moved into musical theater in the early 1980s after auditioning for A Chorus Line "as a dare more than anything."[2]

Wise won his Tony Award in 1989 in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the dance revue Jerome Robbins' Broadway. Wise played multiple roles, including "Riff" in West Side Story and "Chip" in On the Town. Wise was nominated twice more in the same category for his performances in State Fair and Fosse.

In addition to playing the Drill Sergeant and Sergeant O'Leary in the rock ballet, Movin' Out, Wise was also Twyla Tharp's assistant choreographer and assistant director. Wise has also choreographed the Off-Broadway musical A Class Act, a regional production of The Who's Tommy and the national tour of Leader of the Pack.

Personal life[edit]

Wise is married to dancer Elizabeth Parkinson, with whom he has a son. His daughter, actress Savannah Wise, is from his previous marriage to dancer and choreographer Kiel Junius.

In October 2006, Wise and Parkinson opened their studio, FineLine Theatre Arts, in New Milford, Connecticut.

Stage productions[edit]


  1. ^ Jennifer Dunning (1989-03-10). "Nine Who Have the Certain Something". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Ask a Star: Scott Wise". filmreference. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-10. [dead link]

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