Burdette is 74 and has spent the majority of his life working in or around live theater. He was born,raised and got the fundaments of his education in North Dakota. He started off in Pre-Med but was always involved with play making and finally switched majors to Theater Arts. In collage, in addition to acting in a number of main stage productions, Burdette was hired to design and build the sets for the music department's operas for two years. In the summers, he worked as a sound engineer for one of the local TV stations and it was there he got seriously interested in photography. While serving in the US Army after graduation he connected with Special Services and spent some of his service time as set designer and tour director for a variety show that toured throughout the mid-west. He continued working for Special Services in a civilian capacity after his discharge from the Army and was Artistic Director for on-post theaters at both Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston in Texas.When a local theater operation in San Antonio needed new leadership, Burdette stepped in and took over management and ownership. This was melodrama theater at its most robust, serving up old standards and new scripts complete with audience participation. For Burdette and many of the actors who worked there, it was a master course in how to survive on-stage under all circumstances. The San Antonio theater was successful enough to encourage an expansion and soon there were Melodrama Theaters in both San Antonio and Austin. While managing, writing for, acting in and directing at those two theaters, Burdette also jobbed out to Texas Scenic Company of San Antonio as a free-lance scenic artist, make-up artist and rigger. During the time he worked for the army and owned the two theater operations, he oversaw the renovation of two theaters and designed and built two others.True to the genre, when leases were being renewed, the landlords raised the rents sufficiently to makethe theaters unsustainable and both closed. Prior to this, Burdette had hired managers for both theatersand spent a summer in Lake Placid as Technical Director for a summer theater company calledEnterplay that included in its membership Bob Pettee and Susan Neal. Also during that summer, hebegan researching and writing his first one-man show, “Frankly, B. Franklin”. So when the theatersclosed, he pursued the one-man show format in earnest. For over a decade, he toured the county withFranklin and a second show featuring William Shakespeare. While touring, he returned regularly to theAdirondacks and stayed in touch with Bod and Susan. In 1987, while performing in Denver, CO, hewas flown to Washington, D.C. to appear and speak as Franklin at the 200 th Anniversary celebration of the US Constitution on the steps of the Capitol. The following year, he spent his first full summer at Pendragon acting, directing and performing his one-man shows. Two years later, he was invited to direct at Pendragon again and in the process met Fran Yardley to whom he was soon happily married.Burdette has made the Adirondacks home for thirty years and has continued to work with Pendragon Theater as well as expand his photographic work. He has also performed with the Adirondack StageRats and has been an exhibiting member of the Adirondack Artists Guild since 2003, serving as bookkeeper for them since 2005. He looks forward to continuing his association with Pendragon in this new role.