Scott Wise

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Scott Wise is an American actor, director and choreographer.

Life and career[edit]

Wise was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and grew up near Spokane, Washington, living briefly in Provo, Utah.[1]

Although a life-trained dancer, Wise first became seriously interested in dance as a career while studying to become an accountant at the University of Idaho at Moscow.[2] 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."[1]

Wise won the Tony Award in 1989 in the category of Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in the dance revue Jerome Robbins' Broadway. In that revue, 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 (1996)[3] and Fosse (1999).[4][5]

In addition to playing the Drill Sergeant and Sergeant O'Leary in the rock ballet, Movin' Out (2002), Wise was Twyla Tharp's assistant choreographer and assistant director.[6] [7] Wise choreographed the Off-Broadway musical A Class Act in 2000.[8] a regional production of The Who's Tommy and the national tour of Leader of the Pack.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Wise is married to dancer Elizabeth Parkinson, with whom he has a son.[9] His daughter, actress Savannah Wise, is from his first marriage, to dancer and choreographer Kiel Junius. [10]

In October 2006, Wise and Parkinson opened their studio, FineLine Theatre Arts, in New Milford, Connecticut.[11]

Stage credits[edit]

Source:Playbill Vault [12]


  1. ^ a b Witchel, Alex. "A Dancer's Life: After a Tony, Back to the Chorus" The New York Times, April 13, 1992
  2. ^ a b Jennifer Dunning (1989-03-10). "Nine Who Have the Certain Something". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  3. ^ Viagas, Robert. "David Merrick Threatens To Sue the Tonys", May 15, 1996
  4. ^ Scott Wise at the Internet Broadway Database
  5. ^ McGrath, Sean. "1999 Tony Nominee: Scott Wise (Featured Actor, Musical, Fosse)", June 3, 1999
  6. ^ " 'Movin' Out' Broadway" playbill, accessed July 28, 2015
  7. ^ Murray, Matthew. "Review. 'Movin' Out'", October 24, 2002
  8. ^ Sommer, Elyse. "'A Class Act', Manhattan Theatre Club (11/12/00 performance) and Broadway (3/14/01 performance)",, November 12, 2000 and March 14, 2001, accessed July 28, 2015
  9. ^ Simonson, Robert and Hernandez, Ernio. Original "Tony-Nominated Star Parkinson to Return to Broadway's 'Movin' Out 'Feb. 8", February 8, 2005
  10. ^ Kaye, Kimberly. "Rock Star Savannah Wise Goes from Broadway Baby to Broadway Babe", August 17, 2009
  11. ^ FineLine Theatre Arts website,; accessed July 28, 2015.
  12. ^ "Scott Wise Broadway Credits and Awards", accessed July 29, 2015
  13. ^ Nassour, Ellis. "Scott Wise Gets Lucky in Goodspeed's New Musical, Aug. 1", August 1, 1997

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