BS, Industrial Management, University of Piraeus; PGC in Higher Education Practice, Plymouth University; MA, Fiction Film Production, Leeds Beckett University; PhD, Cognitive Narratology & Narrative Theory, University of Birmingham
Dr. George Varotsis has been a member of the Department of Communication since January 2021. He has taught courses in the areas of Screenwriting & Script Development, Film Producing, Practical Filmmaking, Strategy, and Creative Industries. His current teaching involves such courses as Screenwriting.
Dr. Varotsis’ research interests are in the field of cognitive narratology & narrative theory with a specialization in screenwriting and goal-oriented, structured dramatic writing, i.e., novel fiction, playwriting, writing for TV, video games. He is primarily interested in and deals with heuristic problem solving of narrative logic issues, and the hierarchical consolidation of narrative information in cognitive plot advancement mechanisms. He has published articles in top creative writing journals with worldwide impact, and his monograph “Screenplay and Narrative Theory” is published by Lexington Books. Parallel to his academic career he has been represented by Jake Friedman at Scenario in Los Angeles as writer/director since 2011. His screenplays and short films have won awards and commendations in screenwriting competitions and festivals around the word, and his short film “Autonomous” has over 500,000 views on YouTube. He is currently in the process of packaging a feature length screenplay for his directorial debut.