Jason Scott

School of Theatre and Film
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Dixie Gammage Hall
Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Assistant Director of Film & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Asst Dir & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002
Asst Director & Asst Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2002

Biography

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

Professor Scott was a lecturer at Arizona State University (2009-2011), where he 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. He has presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association (MAPACA), where he served on the board for six years, and s 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).

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 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). 

He is currently writing a textbook entitled "Everything but the Script: Professional Writing in the Entertainment Industry," to be 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.  

At Arizona State University, Scott currently teaches required undergraduate courses in Sex and Violence in Cinema, Entertainment Industry History, and Independent Film.  He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Film, Media, and Popular Culture. He 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.  He is currently 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, he umpires Little League Baseball for Arizona Little League District 13, plays guitar, or annoys his cats.

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 

 

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

 

Courses

Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 394 Special Topics
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
FMP 592 Research
THE 594 Conference and Workshop
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
THE 403 Independent Film
FMP 484 Internship
FMP 592 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294 Special Topics
THP 301 Theatre Production
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
THE 594 Conference and Workshop
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 330 Pro & Tech Writing for Film/TV
THF 497 Senior Project
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
FMP 592 Research
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
THE 403 Independent Film
THE 405 Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
FMP 484 Internship
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ASU 240-HDA ProMod
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294 Special Topics
THP 301 Theatre Production
THE 403 Independent Film
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ASU 240-HDA ProMod
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294 Special Topics
FMP 330 Pro & Tech Writing for Film/TV
THF 497 Senior Project
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
THE 403 Independent Film
THE 405 Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
THE 321 History of the Theatre II
THF 497 Senior Project
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
THF 125 Orientation Film/Dance/Theatre
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294 Special Topics
THE 321 History of the Theatre II
THF 497 Senior Project
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
THE 403 Independent Film
THE 405 Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
THE 321 History of the Theatre II
THP 499 Individualized Instruction
FMP 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
FMP 250 Ethics Survey Film & TV
FMP 294 Special Topics
THE 321 History of the Theatre II
FMP 494 Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course Number Course Title
THE 403 Independent Film
THE 405 Film: Great Perfrmrs/Directors
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
FMP 294 Special Topics
THE 320 History of the Theatre I
THP 590 Reading and Conference