Jim McGrath

Jim teaches writing and acting.


Jim McGrath is a native of Dallas, Texas. After graduating SMU, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary for two years, and then dropped out in order to pursue the art of playwriting.

His first play, “Trail of the Westwoods Pewee” was presented at the West Bank in New York City in 1987. The next year saw the production of his first full-length play, “Bob’s Guns”, at the Director’s Company in New York.

In 1992, the Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, produced “Roebling Steel”. In 1995, the Met Theatre in Los Angeles premiered “The Ellis Jump”, which won McGrath L.A. Theatre’s Ovation Award for best writing of a world premier play.

For network television McGrath has written detective stories, SIMON & SIMON (CBS), THE FATHER DOWLING MYSTERIES (ABC), MATLOCK (NBC), MIKE HAMMER (syndicated), OVER MY DEAD BODY (CBS), children’s stories for PBS (WISHBONE, LIBERTY’S KIDS), science fiction tales (QUANTUM LEAP, CODE-NAME ETERNITY, DARK REALM), and the critically-acclaimed ELVIS, THE EARLY YEARS (ABC), among many others.

For the Christmas season he recently wrote the teleplay for Hallmark Hall of Fame’s SILVER BELLS (CBS) starring Anne Hesche.

Jim's resume is here.

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