About

CHRISTA SCOTT-REED is a New York based actor and director. She recently directed the acclaimed first New York revival of William Nicholson’s Shadowlands, starring Daniel Gerroll, at the Acorn Theatre. Recent acting credits include starring opposite Richard Dreyfuss in Mark St. Germain’s Relativity at TheatreWorks and in the New York premiere of Church and State at New World Stages. BROADWAY: The Pitmen Painters (MTC). NATIONAL TOUR: The Great Divorce (FPA). OFF-BROADWAY: The Talls (Second Stage); Celebration and The Room, The Bald Soprano and The Lesson (Atlantic Theatre Company); The Great Divorce (FPA),The Freedom of the City (Irish Repertory Theatre); Beasley’s Christmas Party, Pullman Car Hiawatha, Museum (Keen Company); Deathbed (McGinn-Cazale); The Voysey Inheritance (Mint Theatre Company); Marion Bridge (Urban Stages); and more. REGIONAL THEATRE: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe, Paper Mill Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Denver Center Theatre Company, TheatreWorks, Bucks County Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Intiman Theatre, and many more. FILM & TV: 30 RockThe ImpossibilitiesGossip Girl666 Park AvenueLaw and OrderLaw and Order: SVUEdenLove Life, and As the World Turns. Christa is the Literary Manager for Fellowship for Performing Arts and a Part-Time Faculty Member at the School of Drama at the New School. She privately coaches both professional actors and students. She holds a BA in Theatre from Whitman and an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory. She is represented by HCKR Agency (legit) and Abrams Artists Agency (commercial/print/voiceover). Christa is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC.

 

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Reviews

Christa Scott-Reed commands the stage as Einstein’s inquisitor, the reporter, who has a story of her own to reveal. She’s a good balance for Dreyfuss and they work so well together.

– The Westfield News

Relativity, Hartford TheaterWorks (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Relativity, Hartford TheaterWorks (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Christa Scott-Reed has the physical bearing and snappy tone of Katherine Hepburn, peppering Dreyfuss’ Einstein with questions and accusations.

– Hartford Courant

Relativity, Hartford TheaterWorks (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Relativity, Hartford TheaterWorks (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Ms. Scott-Reed’s performance as Margaret Harding, the mysterious visitor was equal parts raw emotion and determination…a moving and thought-provoking night of theatre.

– Broadway World

Relativity, Hartford TheaterWorks (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Relativity, Hartford TheaterWorks (with Richard Dreyfuss)

Christa Scott-Reed steals the show as the unhappy mother of a bright, slightly nerdy 17 year old…Scott-Reed is the show’s biggest asset as an achingly sad mother…quietly emotional.

– The New York Post

The Talls, Second Stage

The Talls, Second Stage

Both [the costs of social conformity and the process of sexual awakening] are embodied in the show’s most arresting performance, Christa Scott-Reed’s turn as Anne…Scott-Reed makes Anne an appropriately maternal taskmaster in her opening scenes, then proceeds to unravel with skill and subtlety.

– Backstage

The Talls, Second Stage

The Talls, Second Stage

In one of the last scenes, Isabelle finally has a heart-to-heart with the tightly wound Anne –  brilliantly embodied by Scott-Reed – and these few minutes are more compelling than any before or after.

– Theatremania

The Talls, Second Stage

The Talls, Second Stage

Infinitely thought-provoking…Three actors play all the characters. Christa Scott-Reed achieves the most distinctly different interpretations, in roles ranging from a serene spirit guide to a ghost who does nothing but grumble…Three strong performances…consistently intriguing.

– New York Times

CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce, FPA at the Pearl Theatre & National Tour

CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce, FPA at the Pearl Theatre & National Tour

The three fine actors, jumping from character to character with the ease of acrobats, do full justice to Lewis’ text.  Scott-Reed is devastating as the grief-stricken mother, but the ease with which she handles much different characters gives the true measure of her skill….the performances are first-rate.

– D.C. Theatre Scene

 

CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce, FPA at the Pearl Theatre & National Tour

CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce, FPA at the Pearl Theatre & National Tour

The format gives the talented actors lots to do, and each of them rises superbly to the challenge.  Scott-Reed gives a particularly insightful, unnerving rendition of a ruthless social climber who drove her husband to a nervous breakdown, and whose idea of heaven is having him back under her thumb.

– D.C. Metro Theatre Arts

CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce, FPA at the Pearl Theatre & National Tour

CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce, FPA at the Pearl Theatre & National Tour

On Golden Pond features the finest performances I’ve seen on stage this season… Keir Dullea’s exceptional performance…depicts a throwback, yes, but also an emblem – if not an icon – of a past generation. As his long-suffering wife and daughter, Mia Dillon and Christa Scott-Reed contribute performances of equal magnitude. Dillon glows with adoration and matronly care, and Scott-Reed tempers the backlash from her hurt with slivers of vulnerability.

– Philadelphia Inquirer

On Golden Pond, Buck’s County Playhouse

On Golden Pond, Buck’s County Playhouse

It is Scott-Reed who is left to provide the welcome comic elements in the tale…she deftly adds sentiment-reducing comedy to the tale.  In an early scene she delivers a delightful duologue as Anne and a busybody neighbor: it epitomizes all that is best about this charming holiday production.

– Backstage

Beasley’s Christmas Party, Keen Company

Beautifully performed…A portrait on par with Cherry Jones’ in Doubt.

– New York Times (Jason Zinoman)

Marion Bridge, Urban Stages

Marion Bridge, Urban Stages

A remarkably nuanced portrayal…Scott-Reed infuses Theresa with warmth and humanity that never becomes saccharine and brings emotional weight to the nun’s crisis of faith.

– American Theatre Web

Marion Bridge, Urban Stages

Marion Bridge, Urban Stages

But what really fuels the play is the motor-mouth monologues of Diane – played by Christa Scott-Reed with verbal panache and claws-bared elan. Model-thin and dressed to kill, Scott-Reed is a sharp-elbowed Dream Factory combat vet.

– Seattle Times

The Little Dog Laughed, Intiman Theatre

The Little Dog Laughed, Intiman Theatre

Standing out for sure is Christa Scott-Reed as Diane. Her potency, control and grace on stage are truly awesome…the cast is an unstoppable force of comedic timing, grand power and brilliant clarity.

– The Broadway Hour: Seattle

The Little Dog Laughed, Intiman Theatre

The Little Dog Laughed, Intiman Theatre

Christa Scott-Reed seizes on the juicy role of Diane with gusto….using pitch perfect comedic timing…she takes full command of the stage, expertly delivering her deliciously crafted monologues…Christa Scott-Reed appears to effortlessly rise to the challenges of this role and gives a tour de force performance.

– Northlake News

The Little Dog Laughed, Intiman Theatre

The Little Dog Laughed, Intiman Theatre

Superb acting…Honour is deeply moving as performed by the excellent cast…Doman and Scott-Reed evolve from the uneasy tension of an interview into sexually charged flirtation by finely-calibrated degrees…{Scott-Reed’s] introduction of sexual references and carefully calibrated provocative poses are exquisitely portrayed.

– San Francisco Chronicle

Honour, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (with Kathleen Chalfant and John Doman)

Honour, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (with Kathleen Chalfant and John Doman)

Scott-Reed nails the stance of the predator…she crackles with the lust for ambition.

– San Jose Mercury News

Honour, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (with Kathleen Chalfant and John Doman)

Honour, Berkeley Repertory Theatre (with Kathleen Chalfant and John Doman)

It’s Christa Scott-Reed as Lady Dorothy India who dazzles with 1920’s verisimilitude as she dances and poses as one truly in love with adventure – especially if it’s slightly naughty. She reminds one a Diana Rigg at her controlled sexiest and most arch.

– The Advocate

Ring Around The Moon, Barrington Stage Company

Ring Around The Moon, Barrington Stage Company

Scott-Reed’s fabulously frenetic portrayal make it as exhilarating a phone chat as you’re likely to see on stage…her performance is a tour de force.

– San Diego Union-Tribune

The Food Chain, Old Globe Theatre

The Food Chain, Old Globe Theatre

Amanda is magnificently and manically portrayed by Christa Scott-Reed.  Scott-Reed commands the stage as the neurotic bride and poet.

– San Diego Daily Transcript

The Food Chain, Old Globe Theatre

The Food Chain, Old Globe Theatre

As Jacqueline, Christa Scott-Reed gave a virtuoso performance, her nervous cascades of language, her Piaf-inspired songs…all very French, very sexy.

– San Diego Union-Tribune

Limonade Tous Les Jours, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival

Limonade Tous Les Jours, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival

Charming and effusive…Piaf-inspired.

– New York Times

Limonade Tous Les Jours, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival

Limonade Tous Les Jours, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival

Directing

Christa most recently directed the acclaimed first New York revival of William Nicholson’s award winning Shadowlands, starring Daniel Gerroll. Her next directing project is the first Off-Broadway revival of Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons for Fellowship for Performing Arts at the Acorn Theatre on 42nd Street.

Shadowlands
Shadowlands
Shadowlands
Shadowlands
Shadowlands
Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: Daniel Gerroll & Robin Abramson

A thoughtful and satisfying revival…Under Christa Scott-Reed’s direction, the exceptional cast catches every nuance of this fine play.”

The New Yorker

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: John C. Vennema, Daniel Gerroll, Robin Abramson, Jack McCarthy 

Director Christa Scott-Reed conducts this symphony with a sure and imaginative hand.  The scenario feels authentic in every way, moves fluidly, and holds visual interest.  Its tone is pitch perfect.”

Woman Around Town

 

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: Jack McCarthy

“Sturdily crafted…nicely cast…appealing….a breath of different air.”

New York Times

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: Jack McCarthy

A Must-See…Beautifully acted by Gerroll, Abramson, and the entire cast and directed with quiet sympathy by Christa Scott-Reed, the production has the effect of a prayer delivered tenderly and even humorously.”

Huffington Post

Shadowlands

Shadowlands

Pictured: Daniel Gerroll, Robin Abramson, Jack McCarthy

“It’s only on what appears to be her deathbed that Jack comes to acknowledge his true feelings for her…God grants her a respite, and they manage a real wedding, one that the director Christa Scott-Reed stages captivatingly, with Joy’s son opening the door to a wardrobe like the one in the Narnia books, revealing a magical tree of bounty, of beauty, of life.”

The New Criterion

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