Scott Davis

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In 1998, a 21-year-old gay man named Matthew Shepard was beaten and tied to a fence in Laramie, Wyoming. Matthew died from head injuries after spending 6 days in a coma. The murder brought national attention to hate crime legislation. It also received attention from the Tectonic Theatre company. The group traveled to Wyoming and created the documentary theatre piece called The Laramie Project. The show runs Thursdays-Sundays at Cape Fear Playhouse through June 25. 

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When I walked into Cape Fear Playhouse, I thought I went in through the out door. I could hear birds and insects in the background, breathing live trees surrounded the space, and the entire floor was covered in rustling pine-straw. There was a campfire burning (in the "stage magic" kind of way) in the center of the stage.  The theatre even smelled like the woods. I spoke with Technical Director Scott Davis and Director Steve Vernon about the play this realistic set was created for, The Last Encampment; listen above.

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It's always story time with Scott Davis. He's been a traditional storyteller for a long time, but for the past few years, he's been focused on digital storytelling, a format that allows him to create rich soundscapes that bring stories to life. Scott and his business partner Richard Sirianni just launched a production company: Ensemble Audio Studios. The largest project from Ensemble is a story called Percy the Cat in the Big White House. Listen above to hear about Percy and a shorter tale, The King's Child.

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Wilmington storyteller Scott Davis had a functional personal recording studio. It worked. He recorded stories in the studio, and they were good. But Davis wanted to up his game by creating a better recording space. He has done it by separating a sound booth from the production side of the operation.  The quality of his recordings are higher and ultimately, this set-up makes the work easier. Here's the result:

Scott Davis: A Storyteller Going Digital

Feb 23, 2016

After graduating from the North Carolina School of the Arts (acting), Scott Davis spent many years first working in technical theater, then creating a career in technical film.