Jacek Ludwig Scarso (PhD) has built an international profile as multimedia artist, theatre director, voice practitioner and academic. Born in Rome of Polish/Italian origins and a graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, his background in theatre and vocal performance has been integral to his current focus on visual, live and multimedia arts. His multimedia art practice was awarded doctoral recognition in 2014 by London Metropolitan University.
Jacek is the founder and artistic director of Elastic Theatre, creating and producing all of its internationally acclaimed projects. In 2014, Jacek was invited by the Royal Opera House to be joint curator of its Fused Festival in Thurrock.
As an independent artist, his projects have been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows and commissions at MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Rome), the Science Museum, GV Art Gallery and InTRANSIT (London), Fotofever at Carrousel du Louvre, Pave D’Orsay and Cutlog (Paris), BAW and The Living Theater (New York), MIA (Milan), Photo Docks (Lyon), Vkunst (Frankfurt) and Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Budelsdorf) where his video-works are included in the Nord Art Collection. Jacek is represented by Romberg Arte Contemporanea (Italy), which hosted his latest solo show Little Man Saga.
He is Senior Lecturer in Performance at the Sir John Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University. Since 2002, he has worked extensively as academic and visiting practitioner in a wide range of higher education institutions, including, alongside London Met, the National Centre for Circus Arts, East 15 Acting School, Arts Educational, Bath Spa University and Teatro Integrato Internazionale in Rome. Jacek was lecturer in dance history and art theory at the London Contemporary Dance School, where he co-designed and delivered the Dance Arts Literature Ideas programme. He also directed the Mary Ward World Music Choir and the London Metropolitan University Choir, conducting performances at the Barbican Centre, the Lord’s Cricket Grounds and the Royal Albert Hall.
Jacek is the author of ‘Voce per Ogni Giorno’, published in Italy by Armando Editore and numerous articles in academic and art-related publications. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy.