bio

Scotty Arnold is a musical theater writer and founding member of the Musical Theatre Factory. MTF has developed his shows That Time We Found A Sasquatch in the Woods (book by Nichole Jackson, lyrics by Brandon Michael Lowden; also developed at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Trivøya Gold (co-book and lyrics by Alana Jacoby; also developed at The PiT and NYU Steinhardt), and Extended Stay (book and co-lyrics by Jenny Stafford; also developed at Cap21). His musical When We’re Gone (words by Alana Jacoby) is receiving its world premiere production at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma in 2018 after being developed at NAMT, Joe’s Pub, Yale Institute for Music Theater, Emerson College, and Ars Nova under the name Mortality Play. His short musicals include Tereshkova (commissioned and presented by The Music Theatre Company of IL), Lost & Found (workshopped at Nautilus Music Theater Company), and The Veteran’s Wife (presented at the Colony Theater, CA). He has completed residencies at Space at Ryder Farm, New York Stage and Film, and CAP21. 

From 2015-2017, he served as the resident composer for the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, collaborating with actor-musicians to create songs and scores for Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Pericles, The Winter’s Tale, and Love’s Labor’s Lost. He was commissioned in 2014 by the Music Theatre Company of IL to write Oscar & Richard & Joe, a play inspired by the cult status of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Allegro. The play was presented in a sold-out concert at Ravinia in 2015. 

Scotty has taught classes and workshops at Santa Clara University, Wayne State University, Colorado Christian University, and Notre Dame University, as well as serving as a teaching artist with The Metropolitan Opera Guild and New York City Children’s Theatre. He has worked as a music copyist and assistant on over 30 new musicals including Fun Home, Here Lies Love, Murder Ballad, The Last Goodbye, Giant, The Total Bent, and The Band's Visit

He received his BA from Santa Clara University in Theatre and Music (cum laude) and his MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Musical Theatre Writing (Paulette Goddard and Mel Silverman awards). He has also studied at the Academy for New Musical Theater (CA), New Dramatists (NY), Berklee College of Music (MA), and Trinity College (Dublin). He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.

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