Scriptwriter for stage and television (Member: The Playwrights’ Center, Writers Guild of America, Dramatists Guild, PEN) Former US Marine and graduate British Royal Marine Commando School. Lives in Alexandira, VA and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Writer/narrator of award-winning PBS documentary, A JOURNEY TO THE ENDLESS MOUNTAINS, Frank Lloyd Wright FALLING WATER and other programs. MIN, his play for radio, recently broadcast on NPR, is the first in a series about women—ordinary and heroic—commissioned by public radio. The story of Min Lurye Matheson who helped found the ILGWU. MIN is being developed as a full-length script. AN AMERICAN WIFE, his stage play written in collaboration with his late wife, novelist, playwright and poet, Karen Blomain, premiered with an Equity production to sold-out performances at The Electric Theatre Company. Nora Hussey who heads Wellesley’s theatre department produced and directed AN AMERICAN WIFE in Boston in 2012. Recipient of Rockefeller Grant for his play, THE MOLA MOLA FISH and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowships. His new play, AREN’T YOU BONNIE BEDELIA? will open at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in early 2014. Among his other plays are THE LIGHT FROM DISTANT OBJECTS, SWIMS AND LOVES TO DANCE, THE WATERSHOPS POND, GOING OUT NOISY, THE PLOVERS, THE COVERT MOTEL, MERCY STREET, OCCOQUAN, THE HAZARD, SYLVAN BEACH, HIGH THIN CIRRUS (Sold out in New York), THE VALLARTA TANGO, RATTLESNAKE ROUNDUP, CITY AND STATE, and THE PIG KILLERS.
Name: Michael Downend
Lives in: Alexandria, Virginia
Occupation: Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter and Voice Artist