Jason Davids Scott


Jason Davids Scott, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.  


Since he was a teenager, Dr. Scott has been creating marketing materials for film and television, mentored and inspired by his father Richard, a longtime studio publicist and executive.  After receiving his degree in Cinema Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Scott joined the firm of Clein + White Public Relations, working with them in New York and Los Angeles during the heyday of indie film in the early 1990s.  He also worked for several years as a story analyst and creative executive in feature film development, before returning to graduate school to earn his advanced degrees in Theatre from UC Santa Barbara.  His dissertation examined the careers of various performers in the early sound era.


He is currently a faculty affiliate of the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture at ASU, and for several years has been a board member and area chair of the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association.  He has published articles and book chapters on actors and directors such as Wes AndersonRobert Downey, Jr., and Hal Hartley.  He also contributed all of the biographical profiles in the collection Monologues for Latino/a Actors, edited by Micha Espinosa; and authored more than three dozen entries in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting.


Currently, Dr. Scott is writing a textbook Everything but the Script:  Professional Writing for the Entertainment Industry, to be published by Cognella Publications in 2019.


At ASU, Dr. Scott teaches courses in Sex and Violence in Film and Television, Independent Film, Movie Musicals, Theatre History, and Professional and Technical Writing for Media Industries.  

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