Scott Lax


SCOTT LAX is a playwright and award-winning novelist and journalist. He is a Senior Professor of Practice in Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art College of Art + Design. Scott graduated from Hiram College in English and studied Shakespeare's History Plays at the University of Cambridge, England. He has presented for dozens of schools, libraries, organizations, and writers' conferences.

 Scott is a recipient of a 1993 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholarship in Nonfiction, and the 1998 Sewanee Writers Conference Fellowship in Fiction. In 2002, Scott received a Certificate of Congratulations from the City of Cleveland, and in 2016 was inducted into the Chagrin Falls High School Achievement Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 1970.

Scott adapted The Year That Trembled first as a high school play, which was produced at University School in 2003 and 2013, directed by Carol Jaffee Pribble. During the pandemic, Scott rewrote the play for community and professional theatres and retitled it 1970, which made its successful World Premiere at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, directed by Brian Westerley over two weekends and six shows, including a 244-seat, sold-out final Saturday night performance.

 The Denver Post wrote of Scott's first novel, The Year That Trembled, "A powerful coming-of-age story… captures the mood of the era and tells a strong tale of love, brotherly and otherwise," and named it one of 1998's "milestones in fiction." In 2002, Scott and Tyler Davidson produced the feature film version of The Year That Trembled, directed by Jay Craven, for which they were named Midwest Filmmakers of the Year by the 2002 Cleveland International Film Festival, in addition to three other film festival first-place awards.  Scott's second novel, Vengeance Follows, was called "A minor masterpiece of suspense and human nature," by the Midwest Book Review.

 A member of the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild, Scott is also a professional drummer who has performed with many musicians around the country, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Bo Diddley. Scott Lives in the Chagrin Valley in Ohio with his wife and son.

 – October 2023

Committees and Activities at the Cleveland Institute of Art | College of Art + Design:

• IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Awareness) Council; Lead for the Institutional Statements + Actions Subcommittee 

• BFA Advisor for students in a variety of majors

Professional Affiliations

• Member of The Dramatists Guild of America

• Member of The Authors Guild

– October, 2023




Scott Lax's Two-Act play, 1970, made its successful World Premiere at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, six performances, from September 22 - October 1, including a sold-out, 244-seat performance on Saturday, September 30. For photos, cast, and more, please visit  More news to come about the 1970.

-- October 14, 2023