F. Scott Black stands in from of the newly named F. Scott Black TheaterThe theater in the Arts and Humanities Hall at CCBC Essex has a new name – The F. Scott Black Theater -- named after the retired dean of CCBC’s School of Liberal Arts.

Black is a theatre icon at CCBC and in Baltimore. He started teaching at then Essex Community College in the Speech and Theatre Department in 1972. Through the years, he worked to develop and expand the college’s offerings, and was instrumental in achieving national accreditation for the CCBC Theatre program.

During his tenure at CCBC, Scott founded and became the artistic director of the Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre from 1972-2003. In 1999, he established and directed the college’s Travel Studies program and a year later became the department head for the Speech, Mass Communication and Theatre department. From 2007 until his retirement in 2013, Black served as dean for the School of Liberal Arts.

“It is with great pride that CCBC renames the theater to honor Dean Emeritus F. Scott Black,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “During his 40-year tenure with the college, his vision and leadership was the driving force behind the Theatre program earning national accreditation – no small feat for a community college. Scott’s dedication was unwavering. He was not just the face and voice of the Theatre program, he was its heart and soul.”

While at CCBC, Scott directed, taught and mentored hundreds of young artists and students who have gone on to shape theatre in this region and beyond. Many of Scott’s former students and young artists have founded theatres, act and direct professionally, advocate for the arts, and teach young people all over the United States.