A director, actor and sculptor, Desmond Scott was Director of the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg for several years. He has acted and directed for theatres and universities in Canada and the U.S. and taught for a number of years at the National Theatre School of Canada. He has appeared frequently on TV and has performed in well over 300 radio programmes for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has also written many documentaries for radio and TV.
Desmond is also past President of the Sculptors Society of Canada. His sculpture is often theatrically inspired, and even when not there is a strong dramatic element. He has been influenced by Frink, Giacometti, Beckett and Shakespeare. Scott has had five solo exhibitions in Toronto in 1964, 1969, 1982, 1990, and 1994. In 1990, the exhibition was solely of works inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett.
Nine of his bronze sculptures inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot were on display for several years at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario and have now been donated to the Irish Theatre in Buffalo, New York. Scott exhibits regularly at the Sculptors Society of Canada and has also shown in New York, The Hague and London, Ontario. His work is in private collections in Australia, England, Switzerland, the U.S. and throughout Canada.
Since 1999 Scott has been lecturing on his father, Cyril and has given illustrated talks in Philadelphia (1999), Birmingham UK, (2000) Charlottetown P.E.I,(2001) Boulder Colorado USA (2002) Toronto, (2002 & 2003) and Melbourne (2004).
In Melbourne there was a Society of International Musicologists Seminar at Monash University where six papers including Desmond’s were given on Cyril Scott. Accompanied by his wife Corinne they also gave an extended lecture in Melba Hall at the University of Melbourne which focussed on Cyril’s lifelong friend Percy Grainger and was organized by the Friends of the Grainger Museum.