Hilari fell into producing to get her writing, directing and performing work seen before others pointed out she was quite good at this. She became a powerhouse at producing live events on a shoestring budget. She produced dozens of theatrical plays and shows around the country, including solo shows in New York and Los Angeles, sketch shows at the Improv and Austin Comedy Festival and was part of the production team for Los Angeles’ Edge of the World Theatre Festival (Edgefest.) Her professional experience working in regional theater and on tour in almost every discipline (stage manager, house manager, light and sound operator, publicity/marketing, etc.) strengthened her producing skills that allowed her to fill seats in small theaters, earn rave reviews about obscure subjects and sell out shows during a rainstorm… on Superbowl Sunday… in Los Angeles.
Hilari Scarl originates from a strong background in theater, having directed her first regional play at 19-years old in Atlanta. Her strength in working with actors and original works lead her to specializing in experimental theater, short plays and several world premieres as well as her work with young people. Credits include the Laguna Playhouse, Riverside Shakespeare Company, Century City Playhouse, Sacred Fools, Courtyard Playhouse, Onstage Atlanta and Theatre at the Improv.
Hilari has written short plays, films and has been published in newspapers and magazines. Her short play Cozenage was nominated for the prestigious Heideman Award, was produced at the Tony Award winning Actors Theater of Louisville and at the Looking Glass in New York. Her short story about her writing experience with the international film experiment “In the Middle of a Movie” was published through the Finnish National Gallery/Museum of Contemporary Art during the film’s premiere at the Helsinki Film Festival. Hilari was the feature writer/theatre critic for New York Casting magazine. Her favorite interviews were with Donna Murphy and Barbra Streisand’s sister Rosalind Kind. She did not enjoy being a theater critic but was lucky enough to survive the experience unscathed. She went on to write short films and unproduced features.