School of Stage & Screen
Office Address: Belk 278
Jayme McGhan is the Director of the School of Stage and Screen at WCU. He is a nationally recognized playwright, theatre artist and educator. The author of over twenty full-length plays, McGhan’s works have been produced and developed across the country at such theatres as the Irish Repertory Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Kennedy Center, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre and many others, including multiple universities.
His plays include The Fisherman, In the Soundless Awe (co-authored), Red Rock, Mother Bear, Autonomy, Hope the Hippo, The Sweet Stuff, Hellfire and The Methuselah Tree. McGhan is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and an Associate Artist at Stage Left Theatre (Chicago). He is also a director, technical director, set designer, lighting designer and actor and has been involved in nearly 250 productions in professional and educational theatre.
Before arriving at WCU, McGhan helmed the theatre program at Concordia University--Chicago and at Ridgewater College in Minnesota. He is the former Regional Representative of the Dramatists Guild to the Twin Cities, and a former board-member and company member of three different professional theatre companies.
Jayme McGhan holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a BA in Theatre Arts from Southwest Minnesota State University. He is an avid backpacker, fly-fisherman, archer, skateboarder, reader, music lover, film buff and rabid Minnesota Twins fan. His favorite roles are that of husband to his lovely wife Julie, and father to his best buddy, Levi.