William Missouri Downs has written everything from NBC sitcoms to Kabuki tragedies. He's had hundreds of productions of his plays (mostly comedies) in 14 countries. He's won numerous writing awards, as well as rolling premieres from the National New Play Network (USA). His comedies have been published by Playscripts, Concord, TRW, Heuer, and Next Stage Press. In Hollywood, he sold movie scripts,  optioned a TV pilot and worked as a staff and freelance writer on several NBC sitcomsHis books include The Art of Theatre, a textbook that has been used by over a hundred universities. Screenplay Writing The Picture, a popular trade book used by several film schools. Naked Playwriting, one of two books he's written on the art of writing plays. He's been translated into Russian, Korean, Polish, Spanish, and German. He's directed 40 plays and acted in 20. He earned an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois. He was trained in playwriting under Lanford Wilson and Milan Stitt at the Circle Rep Theater In New York.  He's represented by Pat McLauglin at the Beacon Artist Agency, New York.