|Founder and Artistic Director of
the Atlantic Foundation for the Performing Arts.
I grew up in Brazil (my father was Brazilian)
where I received my early dance training. I
graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and Art from
Principia College in Illinois. After marrying,
I lived in Chile where I danced for several
years. I then moved to the United States where
I received my initial teacher's training from
Jo Anna Kneeland, which became the foundation
for my teaching, using principles of kinesiology
and anatomyas applied to dance.
Most recently I spent two years with Ballet
Florida in West Palm Beach, as Academy Director,
after having held the position of School and
Training Director for the Richmond Ballet for
eight years. Previously I was the Performance
Director for Marin Ballet near San Francisco,
I was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for many years,
first as Director of Imperial Studios, while
simultaneously directing the Training and Research
program at Harkness House for Ballet Arts in
New York City. I then became Founder and Artistic
Director of the Atlantic Foundation. During
that period I held the position of Director
of Ballet and Resident Choreographer for the
Greater Miami Opera Association.
I have a long list of dancers who have trained
with me, and who have performed with national
and international companies, including American
Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco
Ballet, Houston Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, Boston
Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Zurich
Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, and Israel Ballet,
and major musicals on Broadway and touring.
I have choreographed several ballets which
have been presented in the areas where I worked.
Included in my repertoire are full-length story
ballets, along with shorter works suitable for
very young audiences, such as "Peter and
the Wolf", and "Scenes from Alice
in Wonderland", which was performed for
Elementary Schools throughout Palm Beach County.
Presently, I am retired from teaching in ballet
schools, and hope to devote my energies to training
teachers through residencies, workshops, or
seminars. My work with classical ballet, along
with a knowledge of kinesiology and anatomy
as applied to dance, has been the basis of my
training countless teachers.
Photo Used With Permission
|Reprinted from “Celebrity Bulletin”
Monday September 14, 1998 (edited)
Scott Plank spent two years on the Fox TV series
“Melrose Place” playing the recurring character
of Desert Storm veteran ‘Nick Reardon,’ a man
the actor describes as “a highly explosive sociopath
with a warped code of honor.”
As ‘Wiley Ferrell’ in his new one-hour syndicated
action series “Air America” (debuting September
28th), he’s once again a military veteran, but
this time out he’s a bit more well-adjusted.
“Wiley works undercover for the U.S. Government’s
office of Strategic Implementation (OSI) in
Central America’s Costa Perdida region,” says
Plank. “[He] is a highly trained, highly lethal
ex-Navy SEAL who is an expert pilot and a master
in the detonation and dismantling of high-tech
devices.” Wiley and fellow Navy SEAL ‘Rio Arnett’
(Lorenzo Lamas) work undercover for Air America,
a commuter airline service that flies anything,
anywhere, anytime, to and from Costa Perdida,
in the country of Buenaventura, where the Hotel
Parador is the only luxury resort on a “lost
coast” that has fallen on difficult times, due
to increased guerilla activity, drug trafficking
and an ineffective government.
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Virginia
and Florida, Plank was an exceptional football
and baseball prospect during his school years,
and he dreamed of becoming a professional athlete.
But after an injury put an end to those dreams,
he had to rethink his future.
He had always enjoyed making his fellow students
laugh doing impressions, so he decided to enroll
in the Broward County School of the Arts. At
the age of 18 he received a partial scholarship
to the North Carolina School of the Arts, where
he trained in classical and modern dance.
After college, he auditioned for “A Chorus
Line” when the show came through town and was
hired. “I was an understudy for three monthes
during a national tour and got my break when
Michael Bennett saw me perform at a rehearsal,”
remembers Plank. “I was ‘moved up to the line’
by the time we reached The Pantages Theatre
in Los Angeles, at the age of 21.
Plank subsequently joined the show on Broadway
and performed several roles including ‘The Dance
Captain’ and ‘Al’ (whose wife couldn’t sing).
He went on to dance in the Broadway production
of “Dream Girls” and “Ginger Rogers’ Rockette
Spectacular’” at Radio City Music Hall. Despite
his success, he slowly grew frustrated with
the limitations of expression allowed dancers
and decided to re-focus on acting. He studied
with actress/teachers Uta Hagen, Sondra Seacat
and Elaine Aiken at the Strasberg Theatre Institute
and was made a member of the famed Actors Studio
In 1987, Plank relocated to Los Angeles to
pursue a career in feature films and television.
He went on to rack up an impressive list of
small screen credits, including roles in the
series “Miami Vice” (NBC), “Crime Story” (NBC),
“The Marshall” (ABC), “Sons and Daughters” (CBS),
“The Big Easy” (USA), and “Pacific Blue” (USA)
and the telefilms “Terror in the Tower” (NBC),
co-starring George Clooney, “Coed Call Girl”
(CBS) co-starring Tori Spelling, and “Dying
to Remember” (USA), co-starring Melissa Gilbert.
Plank’s big screen credits include roles in
“The ‘In’ Crowd” (d: Mark Rosenthall/1988),
co-starring Donavan Leitch and Jennifer Runyon,
“Pastime” (d: Robin B. Armstrong/1991), co-starring
William Russ and Glen Plummer, and “Mr. Baseball”
(d: Fred Schepisi/1992), starring Tom Selleck,
“Saints and Sinners,” and “Marshall Law,” co-starring
Jimmy Smits. Plank’s L.A. stage credits include
roles in “G.R. Point,” co starring Craig Sheffer,
“The Kindness of Women” written and directed
by Sean Penn, and “Hurly Burly,” written and
directed by David Rabe.
Agent: Paul Kohner, Inc. (Mark Scroggs) 310/550-1060
Management: Media Four (Pam Prince) 310/556-5445
Publicity: Cheryl J. Kagen P.R. (Cheryl Kagen)
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