William Missouri Downs has written everything from Kabuki dramas to Hollywood sitcoms. He's had more than 250 productions of his plays in 14 countries and won numerous writing awards, including two rolling premieres from the National New Play Network. He's published a dozen plays and 4 books. He's also directed 40 plays and acted in 20. In Hollywood, he wrote for several TV shows, sold movies, and optioned a TV pilot. He has an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and an MFA in acting from the University of Illinois.