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Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2002
Biography

Jason Davids Scott earned his Ph.D. in Theatre in 2009 at the University of California Santa Barbara, where he also earned an M.A. with honors in 2004.   As a director at UCSB, he created and advised many student-based improvisational groups, as well as acting and directing in several local and mainstage productions.  He was also the administrative director of the Michael Howard Studios in New York.  Currently, Dr. Scott is the Film Studies and Sexuality/Erotica Area Chair for the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association (MAPACA), and is the founder and former editor of their online journal, Response (www.responsejournal.net.).

Prior to graduate school, Jason graduated with a B.F.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received the George Amberg Memorial Award for Undergraduate Achievement and the Founder's Day Award for academic excellence.  He then established a career a film publicist and development executive in both Los Angeles and New York, working for Castle Rock Entertainment and later actress/producer Helen Hunt.

Dr. Scott was a lecturer at ASU from 2009-2011, where he served as the Coordinator for Curricular Revision for the School of Theatre and Film.  He also coached and performed with the student group Spot Improv and received a certificate of recognition from the ASU Disabilities Resource Center.  From 2011-2013, Jason was an assistant professor at the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  While there, he directed several original plays by the student groups The (New) Original Cast and Fredonia Players, helped launch the student group Improv Strikes Back, and taught classes in Acting, History of Cinema, Play Analysis, and Theatre Appreciation.  He directed the Summer Repertory production "Steel Magnolias" and the Mainstage production of Charles Mee's "bobrauschenbergamerica," and appeared as an actor and musician in the productions "Three Sisters" and "Charlotte's Web."  He also delivered workshops at the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA) annual conference in 2012 and 2013.  He has also previously delivered presentations at conferences hosted by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) and the American Society for Theatrical Research (ASTR).

Dr. Scott's past publications include articles in the Mid-Atlantic Almanck; the online journal Otherness: Essays and Studies; and reviews in the Journal of Popular Culture and the Mid-Atlantic Almanack.  He wrote the artist profiles for Monologues for Latino/a Actors, edited by ASU professor Micha Espinosa and published by Smith and Kraus.  Other publications include Robert Downey Jr. From Brat to Icon (MacFarland), which features a chapter by Dr. Scott about Downey's work immediately after drug rehab; the Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Actors and Acting, which features several dozen entries by Dr. Scott; a chapter in The Films of Wes Anderson (Palgrave-Macmillan); abd a chapter in The Cinema of Hal Hartley (Wallflower/Columbia University Press).  

He is currently writing a textbook entitled Everything but the Script:  Professional Writing in the Entertainment Industry, to be published by Cognella in 2019.  Dr. Scott continues to serve as a freelance publicity and marketing consultant for entertainment firms in both Los Angeles and New York, and has created marketing materials for over 200 film projects and individual clients, and served as the unit publicist on films such as "Dazed and Confused," "The Crow," and "Party Girl."   His professional website is located at writeawayink.com.

At Arizona State University, Dr. Scott currently teaches required undergraduate courses in Sex and Violence in Cinema and Independent Film.  He has also taught several courses in theatre, film and television history, developed the Herberger online course "Great Movie Musicals, and created the course FMP 330 (Professional and Technical Writing for Film/Media Industries).  He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture.  On stage he appeared in the ASU production "shallow grave" in fall 2014, and he continues to serve the extended Arizona community as an adjudicator and respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  To relax, he umpires Little League Baseball for Arizona Little League District 13.

Education

BFA (Cinema Studies), New York University / Tisch School of the Arts 

MA, University of California Santa Barbara (Dramatic Art)

Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara (Theatre Studies)

 

Research Interests

Theatre:  History of Acting; History of Media and Performance; History of Comedic Acting Styles and Improvisation; Theatre History

Film/TV:  Independent Film; Writing for the Film Industry; American Film History; Television History; Sexuality and Violence in Cinema; Film Genres; Stardom/Celebrity Studies

Theory:  Feminist/Queer Theory; Popular Culture; Gender/Sexuality Studies

Creative:  Improvisational Performance; Variety/Musical Performance; Michael Chekhov Technique

 

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
THF 125Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 330Pro & Tech Writing for Film/TV
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
FMP 592Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 403Independent Film
THE 405Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
FMP 484Internship
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 240-HDAProMod
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294Special Topics
THP 301Theatre Production
THE 403Independent Film
THF 497Senior Project
THP 499Individualized Instruction
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 240-HDAProMod
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294Special Topics
FMP 330Pro & Tech Writing for Film/TV
THF 497Senior Project
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 403Independent Film
THE 405Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
THE 321History of the Theatre II
THF 497Senior Project
THP 499Individualized Instruction
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
THF 125Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294Special Topics
THE 321History of the Theatre II
THF 497Senior Project
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 403Independent Film
THE 405Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
THE 321History of the Theatre II
THP 499Individualized Instruction
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294Special Topics
THE 321History of the Theatre II
FMP 494Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 403Independent Film
THE 405Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
THE 320History of the Theatre I
THP 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 294Special Topics
THE 320History of the Theatre I