Press Release / Sept. 16, 2015

Oscar-winning "Precious" screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher named SCAD honorary chair

Geoffrey Fletcher, screenwriter of Precious and winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2010, was named honorary chair of the dramatic writing department at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). His tenure will continue through Winter 2016.

As honorary chair, Fletcher is shaping the education of dramatic writing students, helping them learn and understand the art of screenwriting firsthand. He provides direct professional critique, offers workshops and lectures, reviews portfolios in detail and mentors aspiring writers of all backgrounds. Fletcher delivered the SCAD commencement address to the Fall 2014 graduating class, and was an honorary professor at SCAD Lacoste during summer 2014.

“The students, professors, administration, staff and facilities at SCAD are extraordinary,” said Fletcher.  “President Wallace has built and nurtured something remarkable. I’m honored to share my creative experiences with such a great institution."

Fletcher is one of several industry leaders mentoring these SCAD students. Through celebrity-studded events such as the Savannah Film Festival and aTVfest, students are exposed to top dramatic writers including past visits from Joel Cohen, Alfred Uhry of "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Mystic Pizza" and David Benioff of "Game of Thrones." With access to premiere dramatists like Fletcher, SCAD students graduate with an edge to their writing careers.

SCAD’s dramatic writing program produces 21st century storytelling relevant to today’s entertainment industry, and is the only program in the nation offering opportunities across all platforms including theater, film, television, feature animation and digital media. Graduates secure rewarding careers with Discovery Channel, Disney, National Geographic, Pixar, Playbill and more, and have earned top accolades at the Annie Awards, the Student Emmys by the Television Academy Foundation, the Sundance Film Festival, the Golden Reel Awards and the Atlanta Film Festival.

About Geoffrey Fletcher

Studying photography and filmmaking since the age of 12, Fletcher went on to graduate from Harvard University and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts M.F.A. program in directing.

"Magic Markers," a short film that Fletcher wrote, directed, shot and edited while at NYU, received accolades from the Directors Guild of America and the Sundance Film Festival, among other organizations. Producer Lee Daniels was impressed by the film and asked Fletcher to pen an adaptation of the novel "Push" by Sapphire, detailing the struggles of an illiterate and abused teenager in Harlem who tries to better her life. Fletcher is the first African-American to receive an Oscar in a writing category.

Fletcher was also honored with the SCAD Cinevation Award during the 15th annual Savannah Film Festival for "Violet and Daisy," which he directed — an award given in recognition of his imagination, inspiration and innovation in cinema.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors. SCAD also offers minors in more than 60 disciplines. With 32,000 alumni worldwide, SCAD demonstrates an exceptional education and unparalleled career preparation.

At locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia; in Hong Kong; in Lacoste, France; and online through SCAD eLearning, the diverse student body consists of more than 12,000 students  from across the United States and over 100 countries. SCAD’s innovative curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources. Curricular collaborations with companies and organizations including Google and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) affirm the professional currency SCAD champions in its degree programs.

The university, students, faculty and alumni have garnered acclaim from respected organizations and publications worldwide including four consecutive years of No. 1 rankings for the undergraduate interior design program by DesignIntelligence, ranking among the top ten universities in the Americas and Europe by the 2014 Red Dot Design Ranking, and rankings as the No. 1 graduate fashion program in the U.S. as determined by Business of Fashion.

For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.

SCAD Contact

Holly Elliott
Associate Director of Public Relations

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