Founding member of Drama Dept.

Thesp T. Scott Cunningham, a founding member of both the Drama Dept. and the Vineyard Community of Artists, died June 20 in New York City from complications due to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. He was 47.

Cunningham performed in several Broadway plays, first appearing in helmer Joe Mantello’s “Love! Valour! Compassion!” in 1995 and later in revivals of both “Tartuffe” and “Design for Living.” He also appeared in numerous Off Broadway productions, from the Drama Dept.’s “As Bees in Honey Drown” and “Music From a Sparkling Planet” to 2nd Stage’s “Wintertime” and “The Dear Boy” and the Manhattan Theater Club’s “New England.”

Cunningham recently performed in the National Tour of “Twelve Angry Men,” the Las Vegas production of “Mamma Mia!” and the West Coast tour of “Take Me Out.”

His TV and film roles include Peter Chelsom’s “Serendipity,” Sam Weisman’s “The Out-of-Towners” and “Law and Order.”

Cunningham is survived by his partner, Harry Bouvy; his mother and father; and a brother.

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