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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Director
Television Director
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Go With The Flow.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1949
Birth Location:
Hampton, Virginia

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Director
Television Director
Television Producer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken, Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Go With The Flow.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1949
Birth Location:
Hampton
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Biography

Director and producer Oz Scott was born Osborne E. Scott, Jr. September 16, 1949 in Fortman Row, Virginia. His father was Army chaplain Brigadier General Osborne Scott, Sr. and his mother, Jean Sampson Scott, was the president of the Schomburg chapter of the African American Genealogical Society. Raised in Japan and Germany until he was twelve years old, Scott attended Baumholder School and Bad Kreuznach American School. In Mt. Vernon, New York he attended Graham School, Pemberton School and graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1967. Starting at Friends World College, he transferred to Marlboro College where he started doing theatre before earning his B.A. from Antioch College in 1972. Already working with Back Alley Theatre and Arena Stage, he received an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1974.

Scott began his theatrical career at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage where he managed The Living Stage. In New York, Scott staged and took to Broadway, for colored girls who considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf by Ntozake Shange in 1977. He also directed Sonia Sanchez’ Sister Sonji; Richard Wesley’s The Past is the Past; and Fences by August Wilson. A director with writing skills, Scott started his television work in 1976 with The Jeffersons and Archie Bunker’s Place. In the 1980’s Scott directed episodes of Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break! Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Cosby Show, 227, L.A. Law, and Dirty Dancing. In the 1990s it was Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Picket Fences, Party of Five, Chicago Hope, JAG, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Family Law, Time Cop, Get Real and Any Day Now. Since 2000 he has directed Soul Food, Strong Medicine, CSI, Ed, Lizzie McGuire, The Guardian, dr. vegas and was both director and supervising producer to CBS TV’s The District. Scott’s movie credits include: The Cheetah Girls (2003), Play’d A Hip-Hop Story (2002), and Crash Course (1988).

Scott has received the NAACP Image Award, the Drama Desk Award, and a Village Voice Obie Award for off Broadway, Genesis Award and the Nancy Susan Reynolds Award. He serves on the board of directors of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Deans Council for California State University at Northridge’s College of Arts, Media and Communication. Scott directed the video that introduced Rev. Jesse L. Jackson to the 1988 Democratic National Convention and the Nelson Mandela Rally for Freedom at the Los Angeles Coliseum in 1990.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Oz Scott's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Oz Scott lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Oz Scott describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Oz Scott describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Oz Scott recalls his maternal grandfather and his mother's early life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Oz Scott describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Oz Scott recalls his father's service in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Oz Scott recalls his father's experience with race relations in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Oz Scott describes his father's ministry and how his parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Oz Scott describes growing up with his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Oz Scott recalls his father as a professor at City College of New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Oz Scott recalls his parents' association with Leonard Jeffries
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Oz Scott describes his brother, Michael Scott
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Oz Scott describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Oz Scott retells a story about Richard Pryor's experience in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Oz Scott describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Oz Scott recalls his travels as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Oz Scott recalls his paternal grandfather moving to Germany
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Oz Scott describes himself as a young boy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Oz Scott describes himself as a young boy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Oz Scott recalls his mother's treatment with cortisone in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Oz Scott reflects upon his mother's influence on his artistic pursuits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Oz Scott recalls his interest in television and its influence on his work
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Oz Scott recalls the schools that he attended
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Oz Scott recalls the plays that he watched as a schoolboy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Oz Scott recalls his interest in reading
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Oz Scott describes his father's religious affiliation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Oz Scott recalls his extracurricular activities at Mount Vernon High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Oz Scott describes the race demographics of Mount Vernon, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Oz Scott recalls his high school's athletics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Oz Scott recalls his decision to attend Friends World Institute in Long Island
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Oz Scott describes his experience in Mexico
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Oz Scott recalls attending Marlboro College and Antioch College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Oz Scott recalls his experience working at Arena Stage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Oz Scott recalls his science studies at Antioch College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Oz Scott's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Oz Scott describes his experience as a taxi driver in New York City
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Oz Scott describes his decision to join New York University's directing program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Oz Scott describes his first year at New York University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Oz Scott describes recalls meeting HistoryMaker Ntozake Shange
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Oz Scott describes how he brought 'For Colored Girls' to stage
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Oz Scott recalls meeting his future wife
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Oz Scott remembers realizing his calling as a director
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Oz Scott recalls directing a documentary film in New Orleans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Oz Scott recalls his first opportunity to direct a Hollywood film
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Oz Scott recalls working on the script for 'Bustin Loose'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Oz Scott describes his experience directing 'Bustin' Loose'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Oz Scott recalls the cast of 'Bustin' Loose'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Oz Scott describes filming the Ku Klux Klan scene in 'Bustin' Loose,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Oz Scott describes filming the Ku Klux Klan scene in 'Bustin' Loose,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Oz Scott recalls Vincent Price's acting in 'Bustin' Loose'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Oz Scott reflects upon Richard Pryor's career as an actor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Oz Scott recalls marrying his wife and starting a family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Oz Scott recalls his start in directing television shows
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Oz Scott describes the pace of directing television shows
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Oz Scott recalls the TV series that he directed before 'The Cosby Show'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Oz Scott reflects upon the importance of ratings in Hollywood
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Oz Scott recalls resuming his career as a director after a break
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Oz Scott recalls directing the show 'Picket Fences'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Oz Scott recalls his involvement in theatre
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Oz Scott recalls his involvement in the 1988 Democratic National Convention
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Oz Scott recalls directing Nelson Mandela's rally in Los Angeles in 1990
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Oz Scott recalls his community affairs involvement in Los Angeles
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Oz Scott recalls directing 'The Old Settler' in Russia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Oz Scott reflects upon his work as a director, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Oz Scott reflects upon his work as a director, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Oz Scott recalls his experience directing a motion-based platform ride
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Oz Scott reflects upon his goals in television, film and theatre
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Oz Scott reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Oz Scott reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Oz Scott describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Oz Scott reflects upon making artistic endeavors profitable
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Oz Scott talks about his family, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Oz Scott talks about his family, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Oz Scott describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Oz Scott narrates his photographs