Prior to her appointment as Founding Director of the School of Dance, Film, and Theater in 2013, Madeleine Scott served as Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts in 2012-2013, Director of the School of Dance 1995-2012, and as Interim Director of the School of Theater in 2010-2012.
She holds an undergraduate degree in theater and dance, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a graduate degree in dance performance from University of California at Los Angeles where she studied under Rockefeller Scholarship. Other areas of study include certification in: Laban Movement Analysis (’89), Movement Pattern Analysis (’07) and Hatha Yoga instruction (’10).
Her professional work includes performing as a soloist with Douglas Nielsen DANCES and the Manuel Alum Dance Company in New York City and as a founding member of DANCE/LA, a Los Angeles based repertory company. She performed with these companies and as a soloist primarily throughout the United States from 1980–1995. In 1986 she received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist’s Fellowship in choreography.
Scott serves as President on the Board of National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), an accreditation agency for university and professional schools of dance. She has also served as of President of the Council of Dance Administrators. She has taught on the faculties of UCLA, Loyola Marymount University, Ohio State University, and California State University at Long Beach.
She joined Ohio University faculty in 1980 after a brief visit as a visiting artist. She has been honored with the University Professor Award for excellence in teaching. While a member of faculty senate she served as secretary, and chair of the Professional Relations Committee and is the founding chair of the Ohio University Chairs and Director’s Council.
Certified in Laban Movement Analysis by the Laban Institute of Movement Study through the University of Washington (1989), she has taught in intensive certification programs in Laban Movement Studies at Ohio State University and University of Utah. Her scholarly research includes work with Movement Pattern Analysis, (MPA) mapping an individual's characteristic approach to decision making through the disciplined analysis of nonverbal behavior. Her interest in Movement Pattern Analysis focuses on its contributions to the decision-making processes in academic teaching, learning and other administrative environments.
Additional research has included the use of motion capture technology to record and study Laban Movement Scales, movement sequences analogous to musical scales. In 1999 as a part of Dance Partners with Ballet Arts Minnesota and Beyond Broadcast, Scott received a Technology Opportunity Program award from the US Department of Commerce.