Brian Torrey Scott received a 2005/06 LinkUP Residency award to create his work “Left-Handed Saw Right-Handed” with with Mary Walling Blackburn. Scott’s plays were produced in Dallas, New York City and Chicago. He was the recipient of the 2004 PAC/edge Commission Award, with which he created and directed the collaborative performance Air Tact Light, and a 2005 grant from the Chicago Cultural Affairs Department, which funded in-part the Weather Talking show Discarded Landscape.
Scott travelled the world writing and directing award winning plays and films. Many of his films have been featured in international film festivals. In 2010 he received an honor at the Madrid Film Festival.
Other pieces include We Were the World, Year, Detail From the Mountain Side, Tuning In To the Power of Active Listening / Understanding Shyness, and Wheat Studies, 1888, Kansas.
Scott created work for the Curious Theater Branch (Histrionica with Banjo), The Neo-Futurists (Alice), and Lucky Pierre (32 Key Concepts). His writing appeared in Tarpaulin Sky, Preling, and Telophase. The songs he wrote in collaboration with musician Azita Youssefi were released on Drag City in 2006.
Scott was diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2012 and eventually passed away on November 30, 2013 at age 37 and was mourned by Links Hall and all of Chicago’s performance community.