Burton Bumgarner · Playwright

Burton Bumgarner

Burton grew up in North Carolina, and began writing plays in 1994. His first play was a comedy called Accommodations, which was published a year later. He has worked as a director and musical director, and run lights and sound. He also makes a very courteous and helpful usher. To date he has written over 65 plays, including full length comedies and dramas, one acts, seasonal plays, and one religious play. He also writes under the pseudonym Andrew Ross. Many of his scripts are particularly appropriate for middle and high school students. They have large casts, single sets and are broken down into easily rehearsed scenes. A number of plays are adaptions from literary works students read in language arts classes: such as Homer, O. Henry, Saki, Benét, de Maupassant, Twain and Shakespeare.

Burton also writes for adults. His comedy Grand Forks Detour won the 2001 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting from the Coldwater Community Theater, Coldwater Michigan, and was produced that year. In 2004 his comedy Interruptions won the McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Festival in Midland, Texas. It was presented at a readers theater at the festival, and in 2005 it was produced by the Maverick Players of Midland as part of the season. In 2005 Interruptions also won the Robert J. Pickering Award and was produced in Coldwater.

His plays have been produced across the United States and Canada, and in Europe and Japan. Three have been translated into Dutch. In addition to plays, Burton has written lyrics and voice overs for Kindermusick International, including the CD Alpha Building Crew which won the Creative Child Magazine Educational CD of the Year for 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Greensboro College, and a Masters of Music from Southern Methodist University. When he’s not writing he’s thinking about writing.


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