W. Scott Pinkston

Tacoma, WA
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  • Sex:male
  • Age Range: 45 - 65
  • Vocal Range: Baritone
  • Eyes: Hazel
  • Hair: Brown
  • Height: 6' 1"
  • Weight:205

A bit of experience and some sage advice have taught me that the most rewarding performances (for actors and audiences alike) are not the slickly-wrapped and palatable packaging of characters and stories – but, rather, the end result of attentive listening, methodical study, naked vulnerability and considerate, honest connections. My hope is to ever remain both a welcoming, empty vessel as well as a wellspring of ideas. I strive to be both a director's actor AND an innovator. I thrive on collaboration, and enjoy my craft the most when working with others who, like myself, love to constantly explore, take risks, do the homework and wish to see the entire ensemble and crew shine.

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What others are saying:

W. Scott Pinkston plays Roy Cohn, the show’s only real-life historical figure. A henchman under one GOP bad actor after another, Cohn prosecuted with a cleaver. He used it, in particular, against the homosexual community, all the while living a gay double life. While Cohn may have been a bad actor, Mr. Pinkston is, quite simply, a great actor! His Cohn is defiant to the end, only chastened in his final few moments on Earth. There is a lot of meat on the bone in the character of Roy Cohn, and Scott Pinkston filets it for the audience to see.” (Angels in America, Parts I & II: Millenium Approaches & Perestroika)

    ~ Kim Hastings, Drama in the Hood

Among the standouts: W. Scott Pinkston as Roy Cohn, the wretched, closeted, powerful and power-hungry, compassionless asshole, who also happens to be facing mortality from the plague he’ll order doctors to deny he has, while his Republican counterparts in the 1980s enjoy their willful blindness and stymie any progress in fighting the disease.” (Angels in America, Parts I & II: Millenium Approaches & Perestroika)
    ~ R. Barron, Seattle Gay Scene

“Joe Pitts's mentor, Roy Cohn – yes, that Roy Cohn – (W. Scott Pinkston) tries to get Joe to do things on his behalf that are not only unethical but are likely criminal. In real life, Cohn was the prosecutor in the trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – sending them both to their deaths – was Sen. Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel during the notorious Army-McCarthy hearings, and represented and mentored Donald Trump during Trump's early business career. The character of Cohn in many ways mirrors the actions of the real-life Roy Cohn. Pinkston portrays Cohn as a wisecracking and manipulative monster devoid of grace or empathy – he is a truly frightening man. Director John Munn's ensemble cast, most of whom play multiple roles, reach into the depths of their characters to reveal the inner conflicts that make them oh-so human (and in certain cases so powerfully supernatural). Each performer is astounding. Pinkston and Meleney leave the audience breathless...” (Angels in America, Parts I & II: Millenium Approaches & Perestroika)

    ~ Alec Clayton, Weekly Volcano

 “W. Scott Pinkston plays real-life Roy Cohn, the loud-mouthed, closeted gay lawyer.  Cohn was best known for being Senator Joseph McCarthy‘s chief counsel during the Army–McCarthy hearings, in 1954, and for assisting with McCarthy’s investigations of suspected Communists, including Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, which concluded with the Rosenberg’s executions in 1953. As the Senator’s chief counsel, Cohn came to be closely associated with McCarthyism and its downfall … Just as in history, it is eventually revealed that Cohen had contracted HIV.  When the disease progressed to AIDS, he insisted it was liver cancer to preserve his reputation.  Pinkston’s interpretation of the character is alarmingly accurate, full of sound and fury and signifying his failure in life.” (Angels in America, Parts I & II: Millenium Approaches & Perestroika)
    ~ Lynn Geier, The Suburban Times

"W. Scott Pinkston plays the [Jerome] family patriarch, Jack. Overworked and underappreciated, Jack is, in many ways, the show’s anchor. He wants peace and a chance to read his paper. Instead, he’s surrounded by family chaos and the paper stays unread. Oy vey, such a home he has. Scott Pinkston is fine in the first act, but it is in Act Two that his star shines the brightest. He’s not sure how to raise teenagers (who among us is?), but his heart is as big as it is weakened from too many hours of wage-earning. But, it is family that matters most to Jack and he will put his shoulder to the wheel to save his family in Brooklyn and any potential refugees who come from Poland. Scott Pinkston has never been better than he is in this role. It is as simple as that." (Brighton Beach Memoirs)

    ~ Kim Hastings, Drama in the Hood

"Kudos to W. Scott Pinkston, who is over-the-top silly as the lovesick Alf, in love with the delightful Martin Larson, in drag throughout as Mrs. Bumbrake." (Peter & The Starcatcher)
    ~ Alec Clayton, Tacoma News-Tribune

"W. Scott Pinkston was noteworthy on this stage earlier this season when he played dual roles in A Christmas Carol. Nothing in those roles prepared him to canoodle with Mr. Larson’s Cockney-drawling Mrs. Bumbrake. Actually, nothing Pinkston could have done on stage would have prepared him for his part opposite Martin Larson’s distaff alter ego. However, he dives into the role of Alf like the professional he is. They make a lovely couple…NOT. But, they make some great stage memories for themselves and everyone who sees them in this show." (Peter & The Starcatcher)

    ~ Kim Hastings, Drama in the Hood

"W. Scott Pinkson is a spooky charmer as Alf, the salty seaman from The Neverland, who falls instantly and desperately in love with Mrs. Bumbrake. From first meeting, Pinkston is almost inseperable from his lady love." (Peter & The Starcatcher)
    ~ Lynn Geier, The Suburban Times

"In his day, Dickens toured the world telling stories and reading from his books, so it is appropriate that he shows up as the narrator for this show in the person of actor W. Scott Pinkston, who does a great job of playing the parts of both Dickens and Bob Cratchit. Pinkston wonderfully transitions between these two characters on stage in full view of the audience, not with an elaborate costume and makeup change but by simply taking off his hat and coat, hanging them up, putting a scarf around his neck, and undergoing a subtle but significant change of persona." (A Christmas Carol)

    ~ Alec Clayton, Weekly Volcano

"What twist and turns? Isn't this the story we love? It surely is the familiar tale. This time, though, Charles Dickens himself helps to narrate! He's looking awfully dapper for someone dead 147 years. W. Scott Pinkston plays Dickens, as well as Bob Cratchit and a businessman (everyone plays multiple parts in this show.), and does an equally fine job in all three. He's a solid performer wherever he plays, and is a fine part of this show."(A Christmas Carol)
    ~ Kim Hastings, AXS

"W. Scott Pinkston does an outstanding job of creating Richard Roma, the slick, self-confident predator currently at the top of the sales heap." (Glengarry Glen Ross)

    ~ Michael Dresdner, Dresdner's Theatre Reviews

"Two of the actors, Hall and Pinkston, retired from acting years ago, and this is a comeback performance for each. Their acting abilities seem to have ripened throughout those years...Pinkston's wide range of expression [as Roma] is truly impressive." (Glengarry Glen Ross)
    ~ Alec Clayton, Tacoma News-Tribune

"I dug W. Scott Pinkston's Roma, a character who appears sympathetic even as he's metaphorically knifing his boss in the groin...local actors could learn a lot by watching the arcs of these characters in Act II. Brother, talk about f***in' closing." (Glengarry Glen Ross)

    ~ Christian Carvajal, Weekly Volcano

"Scott Pinkston as Peter is innocent and funny – a regular guy wanting to enjoy his new marriage, but his wife's unusual behavior is getting to him. The depths his character had to go to realize the true meaning of love was great to see. The depths to which Pinkston went to convey that message was enlightening." (Prelude to a Kiss)
    ~ Caroline Lippert-Burrows, The Enterprise

"The timely and delightful script, written by Kansas University alumnus W. Scott Pinkston and produced by the English Alternative Theatre, has a cast of characters all too familiar in our lives -- an ultraconservative politician; a gay-bashing minister; a freelance broadcast journalist who questions his own motives and identity; a woman desperately needing to be loved, and a much-too-young man dying of AIDS. Pinkston has written a insightful and poignant play, and director David-Michael has done it justice." (The Camp Follower)

    ~ Jan Biles, Lawrence Journal-World

"Soaring performances all around take a left turn just before hitting ham and, instead, sound the perfect chord of character and over-the-top comic acting. Pinkston rules the stage as the vain and acid-tongued Barrymore. With equal flourish, he brags about the size of the lump in his tights and swigs champagne during a fencing match with Rally. It's hard to imagine Barrymore himself having more stage presence." (I Hate Hamlet)
    ~ Mason King, Lawrence Journal-World

"At the core of the production is Pinkston, who has a substantial command of Tom. He has very good timing, and he brings out all of the insinuations that make the character a Tennessee Williams stand-in, including the drinking, the bottled-up passions and the thirst to wander." (The Glass Menagerie)

    ~ Richard LeComte, Lawrence Journal-World

Professions/skills: Writer;Voice Talent;Stage Combatant;Playwright;Model;Development/Fundraising;Actor

Member in:

2019 - 2018
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