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Jason Scott

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

Jason Davids Scott earned a doctorate in theatre in 2009 at the University of California Santa Barbara, and also earned a master's with honors from UCSB in 2004. Prior to graduate school, Scott graduated with a BFA in cinema studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and 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.

Scott's past publications include articles and reviews in the Mid-Atlantic Almanck; the online journals Response and Otherness: Essays and Studies; the Journal of Popular Culture.  Scott 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 chapters or contributions to "Robert Downey Jr. From Brat to Icon" (MacFarland); the "Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Actors and Acting"; "The Films of Wes Anderson" (Palgrave-Macmillan); and "The Cinema of Hal Hartley" (Wallflower/Columbia University Press). 

Scott's first solo effort is "Everything but the Script: Professional Writing in the Entertainment Industry," published by Cognella in 2019. 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 more than 200 film projects and individual clients.  

Professor Scott was a lecturer at Arizona State University (2009-2011), and also served as the coordinator for curricular revision for the School of Theatre and Film. From 2011-13, Scott was an assistant professor at the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. A longtime member an former board member of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA), Scott has also presented at conferences hosted by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), and the American Society for Theatrical Research (ASTR).

At Arizona State University, Scott currently teaches required undergraduate courses in Sex and Violence in Cinema, Entertainment Industry History, and Independent Film.  Scott is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture, and serves the extended Arizona community as an adjudicator and respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

As interim director of the film program, Professor Scott has helped develop new curricular models to facilitate better retention and students success, helping to expand the production programs offerings and fulfill ASU's missions of inclusion, diversity, and equity. Among current projects is spearheading the development of the Standard Acknowledgment of Filmmaking Ethics (SAFE) set protocol to train filmmakers to better understand and deal with issues related to abuse of power, harrassment, and discrimination in industry workplaces.

To relax, Dr. Scott umpires Little League Baseball for Arizona Little League District 13, plays guitar, or annoys his cats.  Dr. Scott identifies as non-binary and prefers the use of gender neutral pronouns in formal discourse.

Education
  • Ph.D. Theatre Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.A. Dramatic Art, University of California-Santa Barbara
  • B.F.A. Cinema Studies, New York University / Tisch School of the Arts 

 

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Research Interests

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

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

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

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

 

Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
THF 125Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
FMP 250Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 361Int Screenwriting
FMP 394Special Topics
THF 497Senior Project
FMP 499Individualized Instruction
FMP 592Research
EPD 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
FMP 403Independent Film
FMP 484Internship
FMP 592Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
THE 403Independent Film
FMP 484Internship
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