Xunesis Advising Partner
Scott Sampson

Scott Sampson has led a wide ranging career, most of which is based upon a deep interest and commitment to the arts.   Since 2000, Scott has been the Director of Programming for Jam Theatricals, Ltd.   Jam is a Chicago-based entertainment company that presents and produces Broadway subscription series and engagements throughout North America.   Jam has presented numerous critically acclaimed stage shows, including Eddie Izzard, Elaine Stritch, Shockheaded Peter , Graham Norton, Dame Edna, Penn & Teller, The Producers, Les Miserables, and STOMP .   Jam's producing history in New York has resulted in two Tony Award nominations, for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune starring Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci (2003) and The Retreat from Moscow starring John Lithgow and Eileen Atkins (2004).   Jam is also an investor in Avenue Q , Rent , Bombay Dreams , De La Guarda and in the musical Spamalot (based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail ) that opened on Broadway in January 2005 .

Scott came to Jam after working as the stage manager for the touring production of Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python (2000 ).   From 1990-99, Scott was a Program Officer for the MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program, where he helped identify candidates for the MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grants").   Scott was responsible for a large number of the arts Fellowships given during his tenure, researching, evaluating and analyzing the work of potential nominees, and presenting the case for individual nominees to the Foundation's Selection Committee and Board of Directors.   Among these Arts Fellowships are Elizabeth Le Compte, Richard Foreman, Bill T. Jones, Allison Anders, Anna Deavere Smith, Mary Zimmerman, Luis Alfaro, and David Foster Wallace.

Scott has also worked as a freelance writer for the CD-ROM game Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Cybersensitivity for our Life & Times , based on the book of the same name, and acted in numerous plays and improv comedy revues at Second City and the Improvolympic Theaters in Chicago.

Scott received his M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and his B.A. from Arizona State University (Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).


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