B.J. Burton is a playwright and teaching artist. Her plays include Lobelia Lodge, Hunting Season, For The Record, Good Neighbors, Pizza Again, A Sky Full of Stars, and The Dangers of Lightning. Her work has been produced and/or developed at InterAct Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, The Refinery at Steel River Playhouse, Pittsburgh New Works Festival at City Theatre, Six Women Playwriting Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, Players Club of Swarthmore, Colonial Playhouse, The Brick Playhouse, Rosemont College, Widener University, and others. Honors include two fellowships from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and winner of the Pennsylvania Playwriting Award. She was a finalist for the Heideman Award, a finalist in the New York Screenplay Competition, a finalist twice for the Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition, and a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships. Selected scripts are available to read on the New Play Exchange.
Her short works are published in anthologies including “Cookie and Grace” in 5-Minute Plays for Teens, “Quarry Road” in The Best Scenes for Kids Ages 7-15, and “Jake’s Speech” in One on One: Playing with a Purpose - Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15, all by Applause. “White Roses and Gooseberries” is published by YouthPLAYS. Exceptional Monologues 1 for Men and Women, published by Samuel French, includes Diane’s monologue from Lobelia Lodge. She’s the author of The Philadelphia Connection: Conversations with Playwrights (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press), which is in libraries all over the world. She also likes to write short stories. One of her favorites is published in Philly Fiction.
Her short film, Typing, (writer/director/producer), was screened at FirstGlance Philadelphia Film Fest.
She has been generously supported by PEN America, The Dramatists Guild Foundation, and The American Society of Journalists and Authors.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing - Playwriting from Rosemont College and her BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also studied at ACT in San Francisco, AFI, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, and Villanova University’s Graduate Theatre Program. Currently, she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, and related courses at various schools and colleges.
Memberships include The Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and AEA.