MS Betty Jane Burton '2006

Departments and Positions:
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts, 2006

B. J. (Betty Jane) Burton is the author of several full-length plays including Lobelia Lodge, (published by Samuel French), Hunting Season, Room For Love, For the Record, and The Dangers of Lightning. Her plays have been produced and/or developed at InterAct Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Widener University, Rosemont College, Players Club of Swarthmore, Colonial Playhouse, Manhattan Theatre Source, Pittsburgh New Works Festival at City Theatre, Six Women Playwriting Festival at the Manitou Art Theatre, and the Brick Playhouse, among others. Honors include two fellowships from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, finalist for the Heideman Award and semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting.

B.J. has had a variety of other work (short stories, poetry and/or art) published in literary journals such as Philadelphia Stories, Philly Fiction, Potomac Review, Berkeley Fiction Review and Philadelphia Poets. Before discovering her passion for writing, she worked as an actor for many years. She received her B.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and continued with postgraduate work at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and Villanova University’s Graduate Theatre Department. She studied screenwriting at AFI and UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Rosemont College. Memberships include AEA, SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild.