Andrew Kenneth Gay is an associate professor and chair of Communication, Media & Cinema at Southern Oregon University. At SOU he teaches digital cinema courses in storytelling, screenwriting, directing, producing, production management, film festival programming, career design and development, and short film production. He earned the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2021. He is the former board president of Film Southern Oregon, sits on the board of the Oregon Media Production Association, is a programmer for the Ashland Independent Film Festival, and serves on the Teaching Committee for EDIT Media (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Teaching Media.)
Andrew is an active scholar and media artist, and his recent creative works have included a commissioned 360° spherical video essay for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival called “The Road We Travel In Between” (2017) and the OSF-produced experiential play, Take Them into the Dirt: An Immersion (2017), of which he was a co-creator and director of media and VR. Andrew has also published peer-reviewed scholarship on screenwriting and script development, including the article “Start Me Up: Lean Screenwriting for American Entrepreneurial Cinema” in the Journal of Screenwriting (2014), an entry on German writer/director Ula Stöckl in Women Screenwriters: An International Guide (2015), the chapter “The Cowboy, the Spaceman, and the Guru: Character and Convention in the Screenwriting of Toy Story” in Toy Story: How Pixar Reinvented the Animated Feature (2018), and the chapter “Lean Script Development in the Available Materials School of Filmmaking: This is Dedicated to The One I Love” in the Palgrave Handbook of Script Development (2021). He is currently co-editing a new Handbook of International Screenplay Theory for Bloomsbury Academic expected in 2023. He also published the online open educational resource (OER) Screenplayology.com, which is used in college screenwriting classes across the globe.
Before becoming a full-time educator, Andrew worked as a freelance production coordinator, production manager, and assistant director in commercials, reality television, and independent film, and for such companies as Red Bull, Discovery, and Disney. He has written, directed, and produced for both fiction and documentary media, including his 2011 feature film, A Beautiful Belly, now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Andrew has an MFA in Film and Digital Media from University of Central Florida; a BFA in Film Production from University of Central Florida; and a B.A. in English and Philosophy/Religion from Flagler College.