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Mack Staton
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Mack Staton is a dramaturg, director, acting coach, playwright, screenwriter, social critic and fiction writer located in Charlotte NC. He has worked with Elm City Productions, Fredrick Duncan Productions, On Q Productions, Ira Aldridge Productions, BNS Productions, and a host of universities and colleges. He is a retired JCSU professor from the college of Arts and Letters where he specialized in teaching screenwriting and playwriting from a modern and postmodern perspective. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Charlotte Writers Club and the Charlotte Center for Literary Arts, Inc. He was also the first artistic director for the Wadsworth Estate where his play Shadow of a Rainbow was produced.  Early in his career he studied playwriting at the Public Theater in NYC under the guidance of Ed Bullins and interned at Third World Cinema.  Dr. Staton holds a B.A. in Literature, an M.A. in Professional Writing and a Ph.D. in Theory and Criticism with a concentration in drama and film. In the last three years, he has completed three full length plays:  Mr. J’s Traditional All-American Barbershop, Grope and his latest play entitled Buzzard

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