Sharon Ott

B.A., theater, music, anthropology, Bennington College, 1972

"After more than 30 years of an active career in the American theater, including leadership positions at major theaters, I thought it was time to both re-charge my own intellectual/artistic batteries and pass on some of the knowledge I have gained from years in the profession to the next generation of young theater artists. I have found teaching to be the most rewarding work I have done yet, in a lifetime filled with exciting work. I have learned as much from teaching as my students have learned from me. Since I never went to graduate school, the opportunity to teach has been the best kind of education possible! My students are a continual inspiration to me, and I have experienced some of the most intense pleasure possible as I watch young artists grow and mature in their time at SCAD."

Sharon Ott | Performing arts professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Bay Area Theater Critics' Circle Awards for Best Direction for "Heartbreak House," "The Tooth of the Crime" and "You, Nero"; Hollywood Dramalogue Awards for "The Ballad of Yachiyo" and "Lady from the Sea"; Elliot Norton Award; USA Today 10 Best List; Obie Award for Production Design for "A Fierce Longing"


Union for Stage Directors and Choreographers, National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group, and California Council of the Arts

Previous Positions

Artistic director, Seattle Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater; resident director, Milwaukee Repertory Theater; co-artistic director, Theatre X; acting company member, Kraken, Camera Obscura; director at The Public Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, The Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Intiman Theater, Arena Stage, Huntington Theater, Seattle Opera, San Diego Opera and Opera Colorado; master class instructor, University of Washington