Buster Spiller

Playwright

A native of Flint, Michigan, Buster Spiller is a Dallas-based stage producer, director, actor, singer and playwright. Buster attended the University of Texas at Arlington, majoring in Broadcast News & Public Affairs. Buster is the Founder/Artistic Director of GRIOT Productions, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based entertainment company whose mission is the production of theater, TV and film projects.

Buster has written and produced/co-produced a variety of plays, including: “Black Folks Don’t Need NO Shrinks!”, “My Funny Valentine”, “Uncle’s Baby, Daddy’s Maybe”, “Once Upon A Time…When Our Homes Had Porches”, “The Assassination of Nathaniel Isaiah Gary Gamarcus Anderson”, and “The Cosby’s: The Lost Episode”, “Trees, Please!”, “Pot Liquor” (winner of the Teco Theatrical Productions PlayPride Festival for Best New Play), and “Nappily Ever After” (literary prize winner of the 13th Annual Teco Theatrical Productions New Play Competition).

Buster's unproduced play "Til Death Do Us Part" was a finalist in the 2015 Texas Playwrights Festival and a semi-finalist in the 2014 Actor's Theatre of Charlotte "nuVoices" New Generation Play Festival for emerging American playwrights. Buster's play “The World’s Greatest Gameshow EVER!” was a selected entry in the 2015 WaterTower Theatre "Out of the Loop Fringe Festival".

A chronology of Buster's work as a theater director and playwright was included in the 2016 book "Stages of Struggle and Celebration: A Production History of Black Theatre in Texas" by Sandra M. Mayo and Elvin Holt. In addition, Buster is a former regional theater critic for BroadwayWorld and the Examiner.

No stranger to the stage as an actor, Buster has performed in a host of D/FW theater venues, including the Majestic Theater, Margo Jones Theatre, South Dallas Cultural Center, Adlib Comedy Club, Pegasus Theater, Dallas Children’s Theater, St. John’s Christian Theater, Addison Watertower Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Irving Arts Center, The Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Core Theatre, and the Bishop Arts Theatre Center.