William Missouri Downs has won two Rolling Premieres from the National New Play Network (The Exit Interview and Women Playing Hamlet). He has also won numerous playwriting awards, twice been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill and published four books on the art of theatre including Naked Playwriting a popular guide to writing plays and Screenplay: Writing the Picture, which is used at many top film schools. Samuel French, Playscripts and Heuer Publishing have published his plays. The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, The San Diego Rep, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Salt Lake City Acting Company, the Actors Theatre of Charlotte, the Detroit Rep, the International Theatre Festival in Israel, the New York City Fringe Festival, the Stadt Theater Walfischgasse in Austria and the Durban Performing Arts Center in South Africa are a few of the 150 theatres that have produced his plays. In Hollywood he served as a staff and freelance writer on several NBC television shows (including Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and he sold a movie to Ron Howard’s Imagine Films. He holds an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and was trained in playwriting at The Circle Rep Theatre in New York City.