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William Missouri Downs

William Missouri Downs earned his MFA in acting from the University of Illinois, but switched to playwriting when his first play won his acceptance to the Circle Repertory in New York. There he studied playwriting under Lanford Wilson and Milan Stitt. He then moved to Hollywood where he earned an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, and wrote for several NBC television shows including Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and My Two Dads.
Bill has written twenty plays which have been produced all of the world from New York to Singapore and from Israel to South Africa, including LORT theatres like the Kennedy Center and the Berkeley Rep. He is also the author of a number of books including The Art Of Theatre (Wadsworth) an introduction to theatre book used at over 100 universities, Naked Playwriting (Silman/James) a popular writing guide, and Screenplay: Writing the Picture (Silman/James), which is used at top film schools in the United States and Poland.
Head of the playwriting program at the University of Wyoming, Bill has won over a dozen teaching and research awards. He also teaches in the Religious Studies Department. His favorite thing to do is to find ancient temples and theatres - this quest has taken him to Egypt, France, Turkey, England, Greece, Italy and China.

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