Siiri Scott

Head of Acting and Directing
Professor of the Practice, Theatre

Producing Ensemble Member, Irish Theatre of Chicago



Research Interests

Anti-racist theatre pedagogy and practice, acting, directing, dialects, voiceover, movement


Siiri Scott is the head of acting and directing at the University of Notre Dame in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. Currently in her 27th year with the department, she teaches advanced acting, voice, dialect, and movement. She is an affiliate with Notre Dame's Initiative on Race and Resilience, a faculty fellow with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and serves as a Guest Lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Siiri lives in Chicago and continues to work as an actor/director and commutes back to Notre Dame to teach. A graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul, she has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, and hosted the KidsWB TV Network for WCIU. Siiri's regional work includes a stint in Los Angeles where she appeared on City of Angels, Milwaukee, where she performed in The Kentucky Cycle and co-directed Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, and in Seattle she worked with Theatre Babylon, Book-it Repertory Theatre and Seattle Children’s Theatre. An award-winning audiobook narrator, Siiri has recorded over 100 audiobooks including White Torture by Narges Mohammadi (winner of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize). She continues to work in theatre as a company member with both Theatre Nohgaku and Irish Theatre of Chicago. As producing ensemble member with ITC, she directed both the Jeff-nominated production of My Brilliant Divorce, and more recently The Weir, Pineapple, and Molly Sweeney and also produced the company's tours of Mojo Mickybo, Doubt, My Brilliant Divorce, The Weir, Pineapple, Molly Sweeney, and Dance of Death. Siiri's first book project, Stanislavsky and Race: Questioning the "System" in the 21st Century edited by Siiri Scott and Jay Paul Skelton, was released in 2023.

Representative Publications, Performances, and Creative Works

Stanislavsky and Race: Questioning the "System" in the 21st Century, Edited by Siiri Scott and Jay Paul Skelton. 2023

"Vulnerability in Performance: Daring to be Ourselves" in The Pedagogy of Vulnerability Edited by Ed Brantmeier and Maria McKenna. 2020

Recently released in audio: 
Gidget: Origins of a Teen Girl Transmedia Franchise by Pamela Wojcik, White Torture by Narges Mohammadi, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader by Herminia Ibarra, and Minor Detail by Adania Shibli.

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