Scott Davis is a lifelong storyteller, author, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and collector of Jewish short stories from Russia and Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century.
Scott began his theater career as a child performing in Jewish skits and plays in Los Angeles, California. He then went on to have a 35-year career in public television as a writer, producer, and director of documentaries and dramas before returning to his love of acting.
Although he was first introduced to Jewish stories as a teenager, Scott’s interest was reawakened when he taught a 9th-grade religious school class at his local synagogue. So taken by his students’ positive responses to his readings of stories by I. L. Peretz and Sholem Aleichem, Scott began exploring ways to use playwriting and storytelling to bring these beloved writers’ works to new audiences.
Scott is the author of Souls Are Flying! A Celebration of Jewish Stories, an anthology of retold Jewish tales; Between Heaven and Earth, four one-act plays based on the stories of I. L. Peretz; and a book of original short stories, Half A Hanukkah, Four Stories for the Festival of Lights. His current passion is the recovery of works by the forgotten Yiddish writer Jacob Dinezon and making them available to a new generation of readers.
Scott brings Jewish stories to life in his one-man performances of “Lost and Found: Jewish Stories from the Old Country” and “Chanukah Stories from Oykvetchnik.” He also presents talks on several Yiddish writers, including “Sholem Aleichem: The Broken-Hearted Humorist,” “I. L. Peretz Remembered,” and “Discovering The Forgotten Yiddish Writer Jacob Dinezon.”
His presentations may be tailored to synagogue events, Jewish Community Center programs, Jewish cultural clubs, Sisterhood luncheons, adult education programs, and book clubs.