Alum Austin Scott Lands Lead Role in 'Hamilton'

Thursday, January 11, 2018
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BENICIA HERALD -- Austin Scott has had an incredible acting journey. The 2011 Benicia High School graduate has gone from starring in advertisements at the age of 8 to being cast in the title role in “Hamilton” for the smash hit musical’s national tour.

“It’s a dream come true,” Scott said of his role.

He remained involved with acting when he attended San Francisco State University, appearing in independent and short films and having a co-starring role in Diablo Theatre Company’s Stars 2000 Teen Theatre production of Rent in 2012. Scott continued to get roles when he moved to Los Angeles and even more when he moved to New York, including a gig as Benny in Ithaca company Hangar Theatre’s production of Miranda’s In the Heights.

Scott initially applied for Hamilton a year ago when he auditioned for a variety of roles, including George Washington and the dual role of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette. He even received a string of callbacks where he auditioned in front of Miranda and the rest of the creative team. Ultimately, they decided he was too young to portray Washington and not the proper fit for Jefferson/Lafayette.