As one of New York City’s most innovative producers, Scanlon creates penetrating theatrical
productions; compelling industry and history programs and precise corporate messages. Scanlon brings
decades of experience and expertise to every project with which he is involved.
Scanlon began his production career in Washington, D.C., creating a national award winning program
of sponsored children’s theatre. In New York, at the Stella Adler Conservatory, he worked, side by side,
with the renowned, Stella Adler.
He moved on to become founding producing director at New York Performance Works, producing over
30 off-off Broadway shows in 5 years.
He later became director of the New York Performance Alliance, a 501 (c3) theater company, where he
produced off-off Broadway productions including: Detective Story; As You Like It; Smith, the Musical;
A Memory of Two Mondays; The Unseen Hand and Brecht’s The Measures Taken.
At the iconic La Mama theater company he produced an adaptation of Beowulf, “Nightstalkers”, and
“Leir Rex”, adapted from King Lear.
In 2002, he produced “Voices Rising” a program of original writing and theatre for Chinatown children,
victims of 9/11, which was funded by the 9/11 Fund and the prestigious New York Community Trust. In
that same year, he produced “Ploughshares” , poems of witness and remembering at the U.N.
In Los Angeles, in 2004, he produced “Damages” a play about priest abuse, which was nominated for the
prestigious Pulitzer Prize.
In 2010-2011, Scanlon spearheaded the bi-coastal launch of 1001 Inventions, an award-winning
interactive live show that allows kids to step back in time, experiencing and interacting with the inventors
of numerous technologies in Muslim history.
The 1001 Inventions exhibition enjoyed its US premiere at the prestigious New York Hall of Science in
Queens. Following its launch in December 2010, the exhibition welcomed over 250,000 visitors from all
over the tri-state area and the American East Coast during its five month residency at New York’s leading
interactive science museum.
The 1001 Inventions international touring exhibition enjoyed its US West Coast Premiere at the world-
renowned California Science Center, in Los Angeles, on the 27th of May 2011
Other accolades Scanlon has received include The Charles Stewart Mott Award; Advertising Age; and
The Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.
He is a member of SAG, AFTRA, ACTORS EQUITY, THE DRAMATISTS GUILD and the SSDC