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Visual and Performing Arts

Dewey Scott-Wiley, MFA


Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, emphasis in Directing - University of South Carolina, 1994

Directing Internship, The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC, 1992-93

Bachelor of Arts, major in Communications and Theatre Arts – Susquehanna University, 1986

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Theatre; Fundamentals of Acting
  • Performance Lab
  • Voice for the Theatre
  • Intermediate Acting
  • History of Theatre I
  • Musical Theatre History
  • Script Analysis
  • Advanced Acting
  • Directing
  • Advanced Directing and Voice Independent Studies

Professional Memberships

Southeastern Theatre Conference; South Carolina Theatre Association; Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV

1993 - Present – Member of Ensemble Company, Trustus Theatre, Columbia, SC

2012 - 2015 - Artistic Director, Trustus Theatre, Columbia, SC

Honors and Awards

2012 - Present – Pauline F. O’Connell Endowed Chair in Fine Arts

2013 - South Carolina Theatre Association Founder’s Award

2010 - Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV Faculty Fellowship Recipient, Directing

2004 - 2014 – Regional Recognition for Achievement in Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Fuddy Meers; Fat Pig, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; The Miser; Intimate Apparel; Frozen; The Actor’s Nightmare

2003 - National Recognition for Achievement in Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Wax Work


Dewey Scott-Wiley is an Professor of Theatre, and heads up the performance curriculum at University of South Carolina Aiken. As a professional actor and director, Dewey has worked extensively up and down the east coast, from Off-Broadway, to The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., to the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, SC and beyond. She is a long time company member at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC, where she just served as Artistic Director for 3 seasons. Most recently at Trustus she appeared as Barbara in August: Osage County, Margie in Good People, and Sonia in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her latest Trustus directing credits include Godspell, Title of Show, Rent, Hair, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, and the World Premieres of Big City, The Velvet Weapon, Pine and The Palace of the Moorish Kings.

Dewey has been recognized multiple times by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her achievements in Directing at USC Aiken, and received the National Faculty Fellowship in directing in 2010. She is the coordinator of Directing Initiatives for KCACTF Region IV. Dewey has served Chair of the Professional Division for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) for 6 years, and is a Past President of the South Carolina Theatre Association (SCTA).   In 2013, Dewey received SCTA’s Founders Award, the highest award given to recognize contributions to theatre in South Carolina.

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