Jason Ferguson is an award-winning writer and creative director whose work pushes the boundaries of technology and storytelling.

INDEPENDENT

The Crew 360 narrative short film produced as part of Google's inaugural Jump Start program for VR creators. 

The Crew
360 narrative short film produced as part of Google's inaugural Jump Start program for VR creators. 

Flat Rock Playhouse Nine month sabbatical to help save the State Theatre of North Carolina from closing forever.

Flat Rock Playhouse
Nine month sabbatical to help save the State Theatre of North Carolina from closing forever.

This Is the Army New musical about the true story of a WW2 Broadway propaganda musical that went to the front lines.

This Is the Army
New musical about the true story of a WW2 Broadway propaganda musical that went to the front lines.

Tunnel 228 Immersive Punchdrunk theatre/art show in the abandoned tunnels found under Waterloo Station.

Tunnel 228
Immersive Punchdrunk theatre/art show in the abandoned tunnels found under Waterloo Station.

Ragtime Critically acclaimed off-West End production that reinvented a classic musical in an immersive way.

Ragtime
Critically acclaimed off-West End production that reinvented a classic musical in an immersive way.

Clubbed Thumb Executive Board member for off-off-Broadway theatre supporting new American writing.

Clubbed Thumb
Executive Board member for off-off-Broadway theatre supporting new American writing.

COMMERCIAL

Verizon: Find the 8 The world's first augmented reality scavenger hunt on Snapchat, giving birth to a new form of advertising.

Verizon: Find the 8
The world's first augmented reality scavenger hunt on Snapchat, giving birth to a new form of advertising.

Samsung: That New Phone Feeling Music video made completely of GIFs. Song by LIZ, produced by SOPHIE of PC Music.

Samsung: That New Phone Feeling
Music video made completely of GIFs. Song by LIZ, produced by SOPHIE of PC Music.

Samsung: Doesn't Take a Genius Real-time videos made during Apple keynote which had 14M views and appeared in over 60 publications.

Samsung: Doesn't Take a Genius
Real-time videos made during Apple keynote which had 14M views and appeared in over 60 publications.

Squarespace: JohnMalkovich.com Bespoke social featuring John Malkovich to support Emmy award-winning campaign. 

Squarespace: JohnMalkovich.com
Bespoke social featuring John Malkovich to support Emmy award-winning campaign. 

Verizon: Basket Blitz Custom 8-bit video game created on Tumblr and then built IRL in partnership with the Lakers.

Verizon: Basket Blitz
Custom 8-bit video game created on Tumblr and then built IRL in partnership with the Lakers.

Verizon: Droid Seeker Film noir style scavenger hunt video game to launch the Droid Turbo 2 phone with its unbreakable screen. 

Verizon: Droid Seeker
Film noir style scavenger hunt video game to launch the Droid Turbo 2 phone with its unbreakable screen. 

Google: Science Fair Global student science competition with 90 finalists and an awards show livestream with 100k+ viewers.  

Google: Science Fair
Global student science competition with 90 finalists and an awards show livestream with 100k+ viewers.  

Samsung: Social Media Complete transformation of Samsung Mobile social media channels, with a global reach of 50 million+ fans. 

Samsung: Social Media
Complete transformation of Samsung Mobile social media channels, with a global reach of 50 million+ fans. 

Samsung: S Penning Musician/comedian Reggie Watts highlights how fun the features of Galaxy Note are via beatboxing.

Samsung: S Penning
Musician/comedian Reggie Watts highlights how fun the features of Galaxy Note are via beatboxing.

NFL x Verizon: Welcome Home Using "subversive cross stitch" on Draft Day to show how even tough guys want a warm welcome.

NFL x Verizon: Welcome Home
Using "subversive cross stitch" on Draft Day to show how even tough guys want a warm welcome.

Samsung: #GotTheShot A commonly used hashtag was born with this campaign to create "perfectly timed photos".  

Samsung: #GotTheShot
A commonly used hashtag was born with this campaign to create "perfectly timed photos".  

Nat Geo x Verizon: Without a Net Full-length documentary film by Academy Award nominee Rory Kennedy and narrated by Jamie Foxx.

Nat Geo x Verizon: Without a Net
Full-length documentary film by Academy Award nominee Rory Kennedy and narrated by Jamie Foxx.

BIO

Jason Ferguson, a young theatrical with an intriguing resume: mounter of plays in offbeat settings around London (a room over a pub, an old train tunnel), also an award-winning advertising copywriter and creative director, and a bit of a social media savant.
— The Huffington Post
They are subtle, enigmatic, and really tasteful. I look at them, and I start wishing to meet the humans responsible for putting them together. They seem like real swell people. Building up hype, but handling it with an unusual restraint and maturity. A remarkably composed campaign.
— The Verge

Photo by Bogdana Ferguson

Jason Ferguson began his career creating theatre before expanding into other forms of storytelling that blur the lines between traditional and innovative: theatre in underground tunnels, commercials filmed in real-time, products launched with a video game, narrative films shot in 360, or music videos made only of GIFs. 

As an award-winning copywriter and creative director whose work The Verge called "subtle, enigmatic, and really tasteful", Ferguson has worked with brands such as Facebook, Google, Samsung, Squarespace, and Snapchat. 

Ferguson first gained recognition in theatre with his critically acclaimed 2011 immersive production of Ragtime that was nominated for eight awards and was named a Time Out 'Best of 2011'. He worked on Broadway (Movin' Out, The Odd Couple, Mark Twain Tonight) before seven years in London on shows ranging from large West End musicals to an immersive Punchdrunk production set in the abandoned tunnels beneath Waterloo Station. 

His recent article 'Virtual Reality Has a Storytelling Problem and Theater Will Save It' received half a million views and was endorsed by tech evangelist Robert Scoble. His short stories have been recognized by Glimmer Train (two-time finalist) and Newtown Literary (reading).

Ferguson is a board member for off-Broadway theatre company Clubbed Thumb, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. He attended New York University. He was born in Tampa and lives in New York City.


 

SELECTED HONORS

2017 Google Jump Start, Inaugural Class
2017 Newsday Critic's Pick
2017 Snapchat Awards, Grand Prix
2016 WNW Magazine 'Profile of the Week'
2016 Shorty Awards, Winner
2015 Shorty Awards, Finalist
2015 Shorty Awards, Gold
2015 Addy Awards, Silver
2014 Glimmer Train literary magazine, Finalist
2012 Glimmer Train literary magazine, Finalist
2012 Offie Awards, Winner
2012 Offie Awards, Nominee
2011 Time Out, Best of 2011
2011 WhatsOnStage Awards, Nominee
2011 BroadwayWorld UK Awards, Nominee

SELECTED WRITING

2016 VR Has a Storytelling Problem

SELECTED CLIENTS

CONTACT

jpferguson@me.com

 

AVAILABLE FOR:

  • Brand / Agency Projects

  • Copywriting / Creative Directing

  • Speaking Engagements

  • Innovation: AR, VR, AI, bots, etc.

  • Theatre / Arts