Lecturer in Screenwriting (Spring 2018)
English and Creative Writing
Office: N111 Callaway Center. Spring 2018 office hours: Monday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and by appointment.
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Yolanda Buggs is an award-winning writer, director, producer and educator. She was born in Decatur, Georgia, and spent the last 18 years living, working and teaching in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. in Film and Video from Georgia State University and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute (AFI). Prior to attending GSU, Yolanda began her film studies at New York University where she earned a Certificate in Film from their School of Continuing Education.
Upon graduating from AFI, Yolanda began her entertainment industry work as a WGA Writer-Trainee on the sitcom The Parkers. While working on the show, she was given an opportunity to pitch a fresh concept for the show's new main titles, and was entrusted to direct the new 30-second show opening for Season 4 of the series. Following her time at The Parkers, she worked as an in-house producer for Steve Harvey's production company, Nu-Opp, Inc. At the conclusion of her time at Nu-Opp, Yolanda worked on numerous reality television shows for networks such as the WB, BET and TV-One, and has also written, directed and produced a number of her own independent projects, constantly developing and producing inventive, edgy, multi-layered content. For well over a decade, she worked with adolescents and teens in the Los Angeles area, teaching creative writing, video production and editing using theoretical and practical approaches to the crafts.
Beauty and The Baller, an independent sitcom she helped produce with the show’s creator, has been licensed to Viacom, and season 1 aired on the cable network, BET Centric during the summer of 2017. Her new feature film, As Evil Does, a suspense thriller starring veteran actor Bill Cobbs and Dorian Missick, is an official selection of the 2018 Pan African Film + Arts Festival in Los Angeles.