William Missouri Downs has written everything from Kabuki dramas to NBC sitcoms. He's had more than 250 productions of his plays in 14 countries and won numerous writing awards, including 2 rolling premieres from the National New Play Network. He’s published 11 plays and 4 books, including The Art of Theatre, a textbook used by over 100 universities. He’s also directed 40 plays and acted in 20. In Hollywood, he's sold movies and optioned TV pilots. He has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois.