Jeff Rush has served as department chair in Film and Media Arts, director of the MFA program, and Senior Associate Dean of the School of Communications and Theater. He received an MFA in screenwriting and directing from the American Film Institute and an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at Iowa University. Professor Rush has worked as a freelance screenwriter and has published numerous articles. With Ken Dancyger, he wrote what has become one of the major texts in the field of screenwriting, Alternative Scriptwriting: Writing Beyond the Rules, now in its fourth edition. He teaches a number of courses in directing and writing for media, including master classes in feature-length screenwriting and a pioneering course in interactive narrative. Professor Rush received the 2007 Lindback Award for excellence in teaching.
Published “Five Scene Structure: A Writer’s Analysis of Wes Anderson’s Rushmore” in Script & Pitch Insights, which is sponsored by the Media Committee of the European Union.
Presented lectures on Scene and Structure in Alba, Italy.
Presented “Avatars Sharing Agency: Metaphor in Interactive Narrative Environments” at the Electronic Literature Organization Conference in Vancouver, Washington.