Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Authors
Van Vandagriff teaches 7th and 8th grade Language Arts at Huron Valley Catholic School in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He has directed the upper grade drama club presentations for the past eleven years. His first five productions were plays selected from Pioneer Drama Service. Van has written six of his own plays and three short stories. Among them, Larceny and Old Lace, published by Pioneer, won the 2003 Shubert Fendrich Memorial Playwritinq Contest. The yearly drama club performances are a highlight of the school year. Van believes in providing the audience with an opportunity to have a good time.
Van holds a BA in English Language and Literature and a BS in Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University. His classes are challenging, entertaining, and enjoyable. Former students flock back year after year to express their appreciation and to reminisce. They have fond memories of “Deskman", learning how to frolic, outrageous tales of the "pumpkin suit", and countless others.
Married in 1982 to Irene, they have one daughter and five sons. Surrounded by a large supportive extended family, Van always has a steady supply of material for his characters.