William Missouri Downs

William Missouri Downs

National New Play Network, Wadsworth Publishing
Director, Playwright and Screenwriter

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February 2014
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About William

Bill’s plays have been produced by The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, The San Diego Rep, The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Salt Lake City Acting Company, the Actors Theatre of Charlotte, the International Theatre Festival in Israel, the Stadt Theater Walfischgasse in Austria, the Jewish Theatre of Toronto, The Bloomington Playwright’s Project, the Detroit Rep, the New York City Fringe Festival, the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago, the Durban Performing Arts Center in South Africa, and over 100 other theatres worldwide.

Samuel French, Playscripts, Heuer publishers and Next Stage Press have published Bill’s plays. He has won numerous playwriting contests and awards including a Rolling Premiere from the National New Play Network, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, Larry Corse Prize for playwriting, the Mill Mountain Theatre's Festival Of New Plays, The Greenhouse Festival Of New Plays, and the Bay Area Critics Award for best production in San Francisco. In addition Bill has been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill.

In addition Bill is a Hollywood screenwriter. He was a staff writer on the NBC sitcom My Two Dads (Paul Reiser) and was a freelance writer for the NBC show Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Will Smith). He also wrote the 100th episode of the NBC sitcom Amen (Sherman Hemsley).In addition he sold a movie to Ron Howard’s Imagine Films and optioned another to Filmways. He holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA and is a member of the WGA.

He has co-authored four books, including: Naked Playwriting (Silman/James), Playwriting: From Formula To Form (Harcourt Brace), Screenplay: Writing The Picture (Silman/James), and The Art of Theatre (Wadsworth). The Art of Theatre is now in its 3rd edition and required reading at over 100 universities. Screenplay: Writing the Picture is also in its 3rd edition and was recently published in Warsaw, Poland.

Credits

  • Mr. Perfect

    Mr. Perfect (2015)
    Theater by Salt Lake Acting Company Playwright

  • Mad Gravity

    Mad Gravity (2015)
    Theater by The Bards Theatre Playwright

  •   Mad Gravity

    Mad Gravity (2015)
    by The Flying H Group Stage Playwright

  • Women Playing Hamlet

    Women Playing Hamlet (2015)
    Theater by Harrisburg Shakespeare Company Playwright

  • Women Playing Hamlet

    Women Playing Hamlet (2014)
    Theater by New Theatre, Miami Playwright

  • Women Playing Hamlet

    Women Playing Hamlet (2014)
    Theater by Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City Playwright

  • Mad Gravity

    Mad Gravity (2013)
    Theater by Bloomington Playwrights Project Playwright

  • Kosher Lutherans

    Kosher Lutherans (2013)
    Theater by HotCity Theatre, St. Louis Playwright

  • The Exit Interview

    The Exit Interview (2013)
    Theater by Charlotte Actors Theatre Playwright

  • The Exit Interview

    The Exit Interview (2013)
    Theater by Salt Lake Acting Company Playwright

  • Screenplay: Writing The Picture (3nd Edition)

    Screenplay: Writing The Picture (3nd Edition) (2013)
    Print by Published by Silman/James Writer

  • The Exit Interview

    The Exit Interview (2013)
    Print by Samuel French Playwright

  • The Exit Interview

    The Exit Interview (2012)
    Theater by The InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia Playwright

  • The Exit Interview

    The Exit Interview (2012)
    Theater by The San Diego Rep Playwright

  • The Art of Theatre:

    The Art of Theatre: (2012)
    Print by Wadsworth Writer

  • A Doll House  (play adaptation)

    A Doll House (play adaptation) (2012)
    Theater by Next Stage Press Adaptor

  • Headset, A view from the light booth (Play)

    Headset, A view from the light booth (Play) (2012)
    Print by Heuer Publishing Playwright

  • Forgiving John Lennon

    Forgiving John Lennon
    Theater by University at Buffalo, Buffalo Playwright

Awards

  • Finalist @ The Eugene O'Neill
    (2015)

  • Finalist @ The Eugene O’Neill
    (2013)

  • The Reva Shiner Comedy Award @ Bloomington Playwrights Project
    (2013)

  • Rolling Opening @ The National New Play Network
    (2013)

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