ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

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J. Scott Lapp

has been working in the theatre business for over 30 years performing in over 100 shows in and around San Diego County. He is an award-winning Director and Choreographer with over 100 productions under his belt, having worked across the United States as well as Internationally. He is an alumnus of the Directors Lab West, a proud member of the SDC and a 2011 SDC Emerging Artist. He is also the Artistic Director of The California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 

 

Recent projects include directing the critically acclaimed hit, Once at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido and serving as the Associate Director on the world premiere West End production of The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre. He also recently directed a reading of Bottle Shock! The Musical and the Japanese Tour of Murder For Two that played in Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai & Matsumoto. He has various projects in different stages of development including S.A.T the musical, Bottle Shock! The Musical and the world premiere of Witnesses slated to open in the Summer of 2022. 

Associate/Assistant Directing credits include Broadway: Bonnie & Clyde; International: The Prince of Egypt (West End, Fredericia Teater); National Tour: Murder for Two, Xanadu (La Jolla Playhouse, National Tour); Off-Broadway: Murder For Two (New World Stages, Second Stage); Regional: The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley), Rain (Old Globe), Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse), Into the Woods (Old Globe), Secondhand Lions (5th Ave), Somewhere in Time (PCS), Good People (Old Globe), A Room With A View (Old Globe), Somewhere (Old Globe), Bonnie & Clyde (NY Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Asolo Repertory), Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin (La Jolla Playhouse), and workshops of The Prince of Egypt, Upstaged, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Somewhere in Time, The John Birch Society Musical, Secondhand Lions, Leap of Faith, A Room With A View, Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, The Weathermen and Restoration.

Selected directing credits include International: Murder for Two (Japan, Calgary), Regional: Once, WitnessesJoseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in Concert (CCAE Theatricals), Freaky Friday (Moonlight Amphitheater), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Farmers Alley), Minnie's Boys (Musical Theatre Guild), The Bridges of Madison County (Public Theatre San Antonio), Godspell, Disenchanted, First Date (Prima Theatre), Little Women, Peter and The Starcatcher, Chess, Carousel, Spring Awakening, Urinetown the Musical (Barn Stage Company), Sweeney Todd (North Carolina Summer Rep), Hairspray, First Date (San Diego Musical Theatre)Murder for Two: Christmas Edition (Bucks County), Murder for Two (Bristol Riverside Theater, NC Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, Saint Michael’s Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre, Farmers Alley)Zapata! The Musical (New York), Murder for Two (Denver, Pittsburgh), The Untitled John Mayer Project (World Premiere), The Temporary Man, Traditions of Christmas, Footloose, Sondheim Unplugged. He has worked for several major regional theaters including 5th Avenue, Arizona Theatre Company, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Cape Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, NC Theatre, Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO, Portland Center Stage, Saint Michael’s Playhouse, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and others. He is a recipient of Noel Craig, PAMTA, Inland Theatre League, Patté, National Youth Theatre, Billy & Director’s Choice awards.

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RECENT PRODUCTIONS

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BOTTLE SHOCK! THE MUSICAL
SPRING 2022

Before Napa was synonymous with wine, Jim Barrett's new winery is struggling. When an English sommelier shows up looking for contenders for his “Judgment of Paris” - a blind wine tasting competition, worlds collide and wine will never be the same. 

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S.A.T. A MUSICAL
WINTER 2022

A new musical by Lara Cody & Mark Vogel about the daunted High School Scholastic Achievement Test featuring a cast of 14. 

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ONCE, THE MUSICAL
SPRING 2022

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story.

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LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE GALA
WINTER 2022

The Playhouse's ultimate VIP experience is back! An elegant supper club setting, featuring exquisite cuisine by Jeffrey Strauss of Pamplemousse Grille, spectacular live performances and the best afterparty in San Diego.

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MURDER FOR TWO JAPAN
WINTER 2022

Arthur Whitney, a great American writer, was shot and killed at his birthday party. Marcus, a rookie detective, heads to the scene with his silent partner Lou. A musical that blends music, disturbance and murders with perfect distribution.

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THE PRINCE OF EGYPT
SPRING 2020 - WINTER 2022

Experience the epic emotion and soaring music of The Prince of Egypt! Based on the acclaimed DreamWorks Animation film, and featuring the Academy Award® - winning, chart-topping song "When You Believe".