John Buffalo Mailer is a screenwriter, actor, journalist, magazine editor, playwright and producer.
He co-founded Back House Productions in New York City with Thomas Kail and two other Wesleyan grads in October of 2000. Within one year Back House became the resident theater company of The Drama Bookshop’s Arthur Seelan Theater, and have developed several plays, including the 2008 TONY Award Winner for Best Musical, In The Heights.
In 2003, John took the position of Executive Editor for High Times magazine under the Leadership of Richard Stratton (SLAM, Street Time, currently running for Governor of New York), to re-launch the publication as an Outlaw version of Vanity Fair. 2004 he interviewed his father, Norman Mailer, for New York Magazine, on the possible dangers and benefits of the protests of the 2004 Presidential election. That interview was later included in a book of discussions between father and son on topics ranging from Protest to Poker and everything in between, titled The Big Empty (Nation Books, February ‘06).
In 2008, in partnership with his brother, Michael Mailer, he produced the documentary adaptation of Naomi Wolf’s New York Times best selling book, The End Of America, as well as a National Television commercial directed by Oliver Stone, called Listen To The Vets. John would later appear opposite Shia LaBeouf as Robby Mancini in Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
He is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and The Actors Studio. He has lectured at the University of Notre Dame, Wesleyan, the University of Athens, Syracuse University, The New York Society for Ethical Culture, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Long Island University, NYU, and has appeared on Fox News, Air America, Democracy Now, WNYC,TheBigThink.com, CSPAN’s Book TV, and WPIX New York.
As a Journalist, John has covered the homeless problem in America through the eyes of National Spokesperson for The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, Cheri Honkala and her son, Mark Webber, as well as The World Social Forum in Venezuela, the 2006 Presidential Election of Mexico, and the recovery of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Buffalo has freelanced for Playboy, New York Magazine, ESPN Books, Provincetown Arts, Lid Magazine, Stop Smiling, Corriera De La Sera, The Norman MailerReview, and The American Conservative.
In addition to his role as Executive Editor at High Times from 2003-2004, John was an Editor-At-Large for the national publication Stop Smiling from 2004-2007, and Contributing Editor for the international magazine, TAR from 2006-2007.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.