Our Director

Mr. Scott D. Pafumi

Herndon High School Theatre Director

Mr. Scott D. Pafumi is honored to be the Theatre Arts Director at Herndon High School since the fall of 2019.  He has been teaching and directing in the Herndon pyramid since 2011, previously at Herndon Middle School.  For the last 30 years, he has taught Theatre and Drama in multiple Virginia and Fairfax County schools at every grade level from kindergarten to college, beginning in 1993. Mr. Pafumi has also taught as an Adjunct Theatre Professor at Northern Virginia Community College on the Loudoun campus, teaching both Acting and Technical Theatre courses. He has served as the past President of the FCPS Theatre Arts Directors Association and is a company member/performer of the professional group, Dark Horse Theatre Company. 

Mr. Pafumi earned a BA in Theatre and English Literature at Virginia Tech (1995) and holds a master’s in Arts Management from George Mason University (2010). Mr. Pafumi specializes in teaching and directing American Drama and Comedy, Shakespeare, Commedia dell’ Arte, Improvisation, Technical Theatre, and Storytelling. He is also a community theatre actor and a workshop teacher for hire, having worked at community centers, colleges, and educational theatre conferences throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

As the founding Theatre Director at Westfield High School (2000-2010), his program was the subject of a two-hour television documentary which aired nationally on ABC’s 20/20 in the winter of 2008.  The program, Drama High: The Making of a Real High School Musical, earned an Emmy nomination for Cultural Arts Programming. 

Mr. Pafumi is happily married to another FCPS secondary Theatre teacher and is the proud father to three adult children who all make a living in the arts and education.  He enjoys staying actively involved with his church across the street, Herndon United Methodist, as well as traveling cross country on motorcycle tours.

Email: SDPafumi@fcps.edu
Phone:  (703) 810-2341