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Mr. Scott D. Pafumi

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Theatre Arts Director

Fairfax County Public Schools
8115 Gatehouse Road Suite 4600
Falls Church, Virginia 22042
United States

Company Description: Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is the 12th largest school system in the United States. FCPS is characterized by diversity, both cultural and socio-economic,...   more
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  • BA , Theatre and English Literature
    Virginia Tech
  • Masters in Arts , Management
    George Mason University
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About Us - Herndon Middle School Drama
www.hmsdrama.org, 2 Mar 2014 [cached]
Herndon Middle School, 901 Locust Street, Herndon, VA 20170 Scott D. Pafumi, Theatre Director LAST UPDATED 3/1/14 703-904-4976 sdpafumi@fcps.edu
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Mr. Scott D. Pafumi is the current Theatre Arts Director at Herndon Middle School. At HMS, he also teaches Peer Helping and is the sponsor and producer for the school News Show -Primetime at Powertime. This is his 19th year teaching in Fairfax County, having taught Theatre and Drama in a variety of schools at every grade level from K-12. Mr. Pafumi is also an Adjunct Theatre Professor at Northern Virginia Community College on the Loudoun campus. He earned a BA in Theatre and English Literature at Virginia Tech, and holds a Masters in Arts Management from George Mason University. Mr. Pafumi specializes in teaching and directing American Drama and Comedy, Shakespeare, Commedia dell' Arte, Improvisation, Technical Theatre, and Storytelling. He is also a community theatre actor and a workshop teacher for hire, having worked at community centers, colleges, and educational theatre conferences throughout Virginia. His productions and theatre programs have earned him local, state, and national acclaim. As the founding Theatre Director at Westfield High School, his program was the subject of a two hour television documentary which aired nationally on ABC's 20/20 in the winter of 2008. The program, Drama High: The Making of a Real High School Musical, earned an Emmy nomination for Cultural Arts Programming. Mr. Pafumi is excited to be leading the Drama program at HMS and strives to bring cultural enrichment and arts education to the forefront of the Herndon community.
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www.westfieldtheatreboosters.com, 14 Feb 2010 [cached]
Scott D. Pafumi is the founding artistic director of Westfield HS Theatre, which opened in the fall of 2000. Since then, he has directed and produced over 20 large scale productions from musicals to Shakespeare to classic dramas and comedies. As a member of the Cappies organization in the National Capital area, he has won 3 Best Show awards over the last eight years, including: Best Musical in 2002 for Godspell, Best Play for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in 2004 and Best Musical again in 2005 for Fiddler on the Roof, allowing these shows to be staged at the Kennedy Center. In the Virginia High School League One Act play festival, he has won district, regional, and state awards for Sam Shepard's Cowboys #2 in 2006 and David Mamet's Slices of Life in 2003. He has directed professionally for the Keegan Theatre in DC, staging Steve Martin's comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile to rave reviews. Along with his students and award winning playwright Shelia Callaghan from NYC, he conceived, wrote, produced and published an original One Act called Star Crossed Lovers, which has sold over 200 scripts nationwide. Scott enjoys singing and performing in community theatre, in recent shows of Forever Plaid and Capital Cabaret with The Alliance Theatre. He is also the lead singer and guitarist for classic rock cover band, Charlie Makes Rockets, who are always ready for hire. He has been teaching and directing for Fairfax County Schools since 1996, and is the current President of the Theatre Arts Directors Association within the school system. In the summers, he teaches at the Institute for the Arts through Fairfax County. Scott holds a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Theatre from VA Tech, and is currently working on his Masters in Arts Management through George Mason University. He has been happily married to his actress wife for 14 years, and they are the proud parents of three children ages 9, 7, and 5 - having all shared the stage with their mom and dad.
Keegan Theatre On-line
www.keegantheatre.com, 10 Dec 2007 [cached]
Scott Pafumi, Theatre Arts Director at Westfield, has brought groups of students to see Keegan productions, and Keegan casts and crews have held 'talk-back' sessions with Westfield students following the performances they attended.
Last summer Keegan's production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile was directed by Pafumi and featured Keegan company members working alongside Westfield students on the stage as well as in technical positions behind the scenes. Other former Westfield Theatre students have worked on other Keegan productions as well.
Times Community Newspapers
www.timescommunity.com, 16 June 2004 [cached]
CELEBRATE: Branson Reese, far left, and Derek Rommel, far right, join Westfield Principal Dale Rumberger and theater director Scott Pafumi after accepting the award for Best Play at the Cappies gala on Sunday, June 13.
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Westfield High School theater arts director Scott Pafumi and the young thespians under his direction got a wonderful surprise on Sunday.
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Pafumi, 31, said he did not think Westfield would win this year because the school's production of the complex, existential Stoppard play was "too personal, too artistic, not quite 'showy' enough."
Pafumi said, "We do tough shows.I think we laid the groundwork last year with our production of 'Hamlet,' another difficult show that was attended by 1,200 people in a single weekend."
"R&G" was also well received by the community, he said."It was a hard piece, done well by the actors."
The young actors have been working under Pafumi since they started at Westfield four years ago.Most of the "R&G" cast was also part of "Godspell."
Though Pafumi is sad to see his seniors leave, he believes that the legacy they have created will continue.
"This is the final chapter for these kids who came into Westfield with an impassioned attitude," Pafumi said."They came here saying, 'This is my high school; I want to do it all.' I think they have done it all.We have completed a cycle.We're not the 'new kid' anymore."
Pafumi added that the group has lived up to every expectation he has had.
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"All of these accolades are indicative of the surmounting talent of this group," Pafumi said."Under my vision, we have completed everything I wanted to do in four years."
Passing of the torch
Though this successful class of seniors is graduating, Pafumi insisted that the "bottom is not falling out."
"There is a passing of the torch," he said.
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Pafumi credited not only the students but also the support of the parents, administration and community for Westfield theater's success, especially outgoing Principal Dale Rumberger and his successor, Mike Campbell, both of whom avidly support the school's arts programs.
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"We are a family here at Westfield," Pafumi said, adding, "I have always heard that, if you want to succeed at running, you should run with people who are faster or as fast as you are.
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I have watched the kids grow from freshmen to seniors, and this is all thanks to the hard work of Scott."
"Come see your favorite FCPS theater ...
www.springfieldconnection.com, 21 Feb 2008 [cached]
"Come see your favorite FCPS theater teachers and directors perform as you have never seen them before," said Westfield Theater Director and TADA President Scott Pafumi."There'll be songs, scenes and silliness for sure."The performance takes place at 8 p.m., in the Westfield High auditorium, 4700 Stonecroft Blvd. in Chantilly.Tickets are $5 at the door.TADA (Theatre Arts Directors Association) is an arts organization of more than 70 middle and high school theater teachers within Fairfax County Public Schools, and all ticket sales and donations will help fund it.Pafumi has been the group's president, the past two years, and he came up with the event as a way to raise both money and awareness for the FCPS theater arts teachers and their programs.Nationwide, March is "Theater in Our Schools" month, and the cabaret will let area residents experience the talent and skill that abound in Fairfax County's theater programs.FCPS theater resource teacher Judy Bowns, co-founder of the Cappies, will help produce the show.Teachers and students from various high schools and middle schools around the county will perform songs and scenes from well-known works or original pieces.For example, Pafumi and five other teachers will perform the play-within-a-play scene from Shakespeare's comedy, "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
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"I'll also be in a classic-rock band, the Rockin' Teacher Band, with some of my students," said Pafumi."Dan Hrebenak will play lead guitar; Nick Cirillo, piano and vocals; Cody Jones, bass guitar; and possibly Alex Merrill on drums."Pafumi will also play guitar and sing lead vocals, and the group will sing Beatles tunes and other songs.
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"It's a 90-minute show with an intermission and is designed to be an evening of entertainment and comedy," said Pafumi.
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