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 serving as the Associate Director on the world premiere West End production of The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre that re-opened on July 1st, 2021. He also recently directed Murder For Two at Bristol Riverside Theater. He has various projects in different stages of development including S.A.T the musical, a musical adaptation of Bottleshock and the world premiere of Witnesses slated to open in the Summer of 2022. Upcoming projects include a production of the Tony Award-winning musical, Once at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido and the Japanese Tour of Murder for Two.

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: 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.



Currently Playing

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".

Fall 2021

Each diary reveals one voice - a teenager coping with the impossible. These 5 stark accounts are intricately weaved together by Tony Award winner Robert L. Freedman, Witnesses is a testament and inspiration to the human soul.

FALL 2021

This rock-concert staging, features an incredible cast of 19 in beautifully vibrant costumes, backed by a 15 - piece band on stage, tells the story about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son through the original musical’s unforgettable songs.

FALL 2021

The perfect blend of music, mayhem and murder! In this hilarious show, 2 performers play 13 roles—not to mention the piano—in a witty and winking homage to old-fashioned murder mysteries. You won’t want to miss this killer musical comedy!

Spring 2019

This is not your grade school Godspell. New arrangements and timely references offer a fresh experience of this exuberant musical. Experience an eclectic group of friends banding together as they share stories that embrace the power of love and community.

Spring 2019

It is 7 minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey.