Buss McLaughlin-Graduate Faculty

Buzz McLaughlin

Director of MFA Writing for Stage and Screen and Faculty


email - BuzzMcLaughlin@nhia.edu
website - Buzzmclaughlinscripts.blogspot.com

Buzz McLaughlin  is a playwright and screenwriter, theatre and film producer, script consultant, and teacher.  His plays, which include Transcendence, Leaving Jane, Traverse des Sioux, Sister Calling My Name, Spirit on the Plains, Absent Without Leave, Limits, and Wings (a musical adaptation of Aristophanes' The Birds), have been produced in NYC and regionally in the U.S. and Canada.  With his wife Kris he has written several screenplays and teleplays. His work has won numerous national competitions, including the National Play Award for Sister Calling My Name, and he is the recipient of a Playwriting Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  He has twice been a writer-in-residence at the New Harmony Project, a national playwrights/screenwriters conference held annually in New Harmony, Indiana, and for many years was on the Project's advisory board.  He is currently the co-founder/producing partner of the independent film company Either/Or Films (www.eitherorfilms.com) and producer of the feature films The Sensation of Sight (www.thesensationofsight.com), starring Academy Award Best Actor nominee David Strathairn, and Only Daughter (www.onlydaughterfilm.com).  He runs a professional script consulting service (www.buzzmclaughlinscripts.com) and is the Founding Director and former Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey (www.ptnj.org)  a professional (AEA) theatre dedicated to the development of new plays currently in its twenty-seventh year.   A former Professor of Theatre Arts and playwright-in-residence at Drew University, Buzz taught playwriting and screenwriting and, as chairman, founded and built the department into one of the leading undergraduate theatre programs in the country.  Prior to his years at Drew he was an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia where he developed the university’s MFA program in theatre.  His book, The Playwright's Process: Learning the Craft from Today’s Leading Dramatists (Back Stage Books) includes extensive excerpts from his four-year interview series at the Dramatists Guild, NYC, with sixteen of America’s foremost playwrights.  He maintains an active blog on scriptwriting at www.buzzmclaughlinscripts.blogspot.com.  He holds a doctorate in theatre and dramatic literature from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild of America.