Negro Ensemble Company Proudly Announces the Arrival of Oz Scott

Mon Feb 4, 2008 5:00pm EST

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Major Producer and Director of TV, Film and Stage Joins NEC's 40th
                          Anniversary Season
NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--
The Negro Ensemble Company (NEC) today announced that Oz Scott,
the award-winning director and producer of television programs, films
and live theater, will join the Company as the new Associate Artistic
Director. Mr. Scott also was named to the NEC Board of Directors.

   Since its founding in 1967, the NEC has produced more than two
hundred original plays and provided a theatrical home for more than
four thousand cast and crew members. The Company continues today in
its vital role as a showcase and home for black actors, directors and
writers.

   "Oz brings his creative skills and energy to help further the
significant contributions of the Company to American theater," says
his long-time friend and colleague Charles Weldon, NEC's Artistic
Director. "Together, we will work to preserve, sustain and build upon
the Company's contributions to theater."

   Mr. Scott has received the NAACP Image Award, the Drama Desk
Award, OBIE Award, Genesis Award and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award.
He has more than 75 director, producer and writing credits to his
name. This spring, Scott will be opening The Ballad of Emmett Till by
Ifa Bayeza at The Goodman Theatre. He is currently working with Daniel
Beaty on his new play Resurrection.

   Scott began his theatrical career at Washington, D.C.'s Arena
Stage. In New York, he directed The Public Theater and Broadway
productions of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls who have considered
suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. He has directed many other stage
works including: Spell #7 and Photograph: A Study of Cruelty. As a
television director, Mr. Scott directed 1970s primetime shows, The
Jeffersons and Archie Bunker's Place. During the 1980s, he directed
episodes of Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break!, Scarecrow and Mrs.
King, The Cosby Show, 227, and L.A. Law. In the 1990s, it was Picket
Fences, Party of Five, Chicago Hope, JAG, The Practice, Ally McBeal
and Family Law. More recently, Scott has directed Psych, Medium,
Num3ers, Boston Legal, The Unit, Soul Food, Strong Medicine, CSI, CSI
NY, Ed, Lizzie McGuire and was both director and supervising producer
for The District. His movie credits include BUSTIN' LOOSE, The Cheetah
Girls, Play'd: A Hip-Hop Story, and Crash Course.

   The NEC is known worldwide for its commitment to theater
excellence and has been nominated for and won dozens of honors and
awards - including for The River Niger (Tony Award); First Breeze of
Summer (Tony-nominated, Outer Critics Circle Award, OBIE); Home
(Tony-nominated, Outer Critics Circle Award) and A Soldier's Play
(Pulitzer, Tony, OBIE, Drama Desk Award). The NEC counts among its
alumni some of the best actors in television and film, including
Phylicia Rashad, Denzel Washington, Hattie Winston, Samuel L. Jackson,
Angela Bassett, Louis Gossett, Jr., and Barbara Montgomery, among
others.

   The NEC is marking its 40th Anniversary with several productions
at the Harlem School of the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Ave, New York, NY
10030. These productions include:

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The New York City premier of WEBEIME
Written and directed by Layon Gray
March 28 - May 4, 2008

The New York City premier of Please Take A Number
Written by Nia Orms and
directed by NEC Associate Artistic Director Oz Scott
May 14 - June 8, 2008

A New York City revival of Bubbling Brown Sugar
Book by Loften Mitchell
June 18 - July 27, 2008
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   Tickets may be purchased one month in advance of each production.
Ticket information will be available on the NEC website:
http://www.negroensemblecompany.org/

   About the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.: The Negro Ensemble
Company, Inc. was founded in New York City in 1967 by actor/producer
Robert Hooks, playwright Douglas Turner Ward and theater manager
Gerald S. Krone. Their vision was of producing professional theater in
which black artists, performers, writers, directors, actors and
craftspeople could oversee their own creative destiny. The NEC has
successfully provided African-American, African and Caribbean
professional artists with an opportunity to learn, work, grow and be
nurtured in the performing arts. The Company continues to achieve its
mission today by presenting live theater performances by and about
black people to a culturally diverse audience that is often
underserved by the theatrical community. For more information, go to:
http://www.negroensemblecompany.org/

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