Education for Everyone Everywhere

Wayne Crawford, Program Director

Wayne is the Program Director and teaches directing, producing and screenwriting in the new film program. During his long film and television career, he has written, produced or directed more than twenty feature films and three television series. Some of his feature film credits include co-writing & producing the indie hit Valley Girl that launched the leading man career of Nicolas Cage. He also co-produced the cult feature Night of the Comet and co-wrote and co-produced the cult classic Jake Speed starring two time Oscar nominee John Hurt and BAFTA award winner Dennis Christopher.

In television, Wayne created the popular family series Okavango that ran on FX Network for 52 episodes and created, wrote and directed the long-running Discovery/Travel series On the Loose…In Wildest Africa . Wayne is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His executive experience includes serving as Managing Director of Heatherwood Film Productions (PTY) Ltd a Johannesburg production and financing entity and Co-Chairman of Gibraltar Entertainment in Los Angles. Nine years ago he started teaching at the University of North Carolina School of Arts–one of the premiere arts conservatories in the United States. In 2009 he received a Teaching Excellence Award from the UNC Board of Governors.

Wayne received a BA in theatre from Florida Atlantic University and earned an MFA in screenwriting from Spalding University. Although he spends most of the year in the USA, Wayne considers Ballito, South Africa his home.

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