William Missouri Downs has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. As a playwright William has won two rolling premieres from the National New Play Network (Women Playing Hamlet and The Exit Interview). He’s twice been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill (Mad Gravity & How To Steal A Picasso). He’s had over one hundred and fifty productions of his plays from the Kennedy Center to the San Diego Rep. and also been produced in Spain, South Africa, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Austria, Israel, India, and South Korea. William has published eleven plays with Samuel French, Playscripts, and others. He’s been a staff and freelance writer on several sitcoms and in 2017 he optioned a TV pilot to producer Meryl Poster. He has also published four books including The Art Of Theatre a textbook that has been used by more than 100,000 college students.