About the Writer

Granville Wyche Burgess is a playwright, lyricist, novelist, director, actor, producer, and teacher. His plays, musicals, and teleplays have been produced nation-wide and on network and cable TV. An EMMY nominee, he has received numerous grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is the author of two screenplays, a novel about Shoeless Joe Jackson, and a children’s book. He has produced, directed, or acted in over fifty musicals and plays.

Granville is co-founder and CEO of Quill Entertainment Company, a nonprofit dedicated to creating and producing original history musicals. He is a graduate of the Philips Exeter Academy, Princeton University (magna cum laude) and the Catholic University of America (MFA) and has taught acting, directing, playwriting, and screenwriting at numerous schools and theaters.

Born in Greenville, SC, Granville lives in Greenwich, CT with Reba Beeson, his Amish-Mennonite wife. They have four children: Emily, Loring, Morgan, and Clara.

Granville Burgess


Mr. Burgess poses with former president George H. Bush Sr.

  • EMMY nomination for Outstanding Achievement/TV Serial for the soap opera CAPITOL.
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship.
  • Winner, Center for Southern Studies Playwriting Competition
  • Runner-up, Children’s Theatre of Palo Alto New Play Contest


  • The National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Five-County Arts Fund
  • The Ethel Sargent Smith Foundation
  • The Snowdon Foundation
  • The Redskin Foundation
  • International Humanities, Inc.
  • The United States Department of the Interior
  • Youth Friends’ Association