William Missouri Downs

mailto:Downs@me.com

 

AGENT

 

Patricia McLaughlin, Beacon Artist Agency, 1051 Broadway #1200, NY, NY 10036

 

 

EDUCATION

 

M.F.A. in Screenwriting - U.C.L.A. - Los Angeles, California

 

M.F.A. in Acting - University of Illinois - Urbana, Illinois

 

B.S. in Theatre/English – (cum laude) Northern Michigan University - Marquette

 

 

BOOKS

 

2013 – Screenplay: Writing The Picture (3nd Edition)

Published by Silman/James

 

2012 – The Art of Theatre: Then & Now (3rd Edition)

Published by Wadsworth

 

2012 - The Art of Theatre: Concise (3rd Edition)

Published by Wadsworth

 

2009 – The Art of Theatre: Then & Now (2nd Edition)

Published by Wadsworth

 

2009 - The Art of Theatre: Concise (2nd Edition)

Published by Wadsworth

 

2006 – The Art of Theatre: Then & Now (1st Edition)

Published by Wadsworth

 

2006 – The Art of Theatre: Concise (1st Edition)

Published by Wadsworth

 

2005 – Naked Playwriting: The Art, Craft & Life Laid Bare

Published by Silman/James

 

2004 - "Jak Napisac Scenariusz Filmowy

“Screenplay Writing The Picture” Translated into Polish by Wojciech Marzec. Published in Warsaw(The top selling screenwriting book in Poland 2005 -2008)

 

2004 – Screenplay: Writing The Picture (2nd Edition)

Published by Silman/James

 

2000 - Screenplay: Writing The Picture (1st Edition)

Published by Harcourt Brace

 

1998 – Playwriting, From Formula To Form 

Published by Harcourt Brace

 

 

ARTICLES, SHORT STORIES & PLAYS PUBLISHED

 

2012 – The Exit Interview  (play)

Published by Samuel French

 

2012 – A Doll House  (play adaptation)

Published by Next Stage Press

 

2012 – Headset, A view from the light booth (Play)

Published by Heuer Publishing

 

2011 – Two Monologues included in Exceptional Monologues

Published by Samuel French

 

2010 – Innocent Thoughts (play)

Published by Next Stage Press

 

2010 – The Art of Theatre vs. Religion and Science (co-author) (scholarly article)

Published by The Westerns States Theatre Review, Oregon State University

 

2009 – Cockeyed (play)

Published by Samuel French

 

2009 – Kosher Lutherans (play)

Published by Samuel French

 

2009 – Books On Tape (ten minute play)

Published by North West Theatre Review, Oregon State University

 

2008 – Books On Tape (ten minute play)

Published by NorthNorthWest  (an anthology) published by Western Washington University

 

2008 – Monologue

Actor’s Choice Published by Playscripts

 

2005 – Dead White Males (play)

Published by Playscripts

 

2002 – Selected Passages from Jessie’s 287 Diary (a short story)

Published in The Owen Wister Review

 

2001 – Fishing For a Hook (co-author) (journal article)

Published in the July issue of Rocky Mountain Writer

 

2000 – Playwriting for Screenwriters (journal article)

Published in the July/Aug issue of The Dramatist

 

2000 – Conflict and Story (co-author) (journal article)

Published in the Jan/Feb issue of The Dramatist

 

1999 -  Five Ways To Improve Your Dialogue (co-author) (journal article)

Published in the Sept/Oct issue of The Dramatist

 

 

1999 – Tapping your Creativity (co-author) (journal article)

Published in the July/Aug issue of The Dramatist

 

1996 -  Leaving Hollywood Part 3 (a short story)

Published in the November issue of Written By

 

1994 - Leaving Hollywood Part 2 (a short story)

Published in the November issue of Written By

 

1993 - Leaving Hollywood Part 1 (a short story)

Published in the November issue of Written By

 

PLAYWRITING AWARDS & HONORS

 

2013 –             Finalist  @ The Eugene O’Neill

Mad Gravity

 

2013   Winner - The Reva Shiner Comedy Award @ Bloomington Playwrights Project

Mad Gravity

 

2013   1st Runner-up – Todd McNerney National Playwriting Competition

Mad Gravity

 

12/13   Rolling Opening  @ The National New Play Network

The Exit Interview

 

2012    Finalist – Reva Shiner Comedy Award  @ Bloomington Playwrights Project

The Exit Interview

 

2012    1st Place – Festival of New Works  @ Long Beach Playhouse

The Polish Book Of Karma

 

2011    National Showcase of New Plays  @ The National New Play Network

 The Exit Interview

 

2010  - Semi-Finalist – Playwrights First Award  @ The National Arts Club

Books On Tape

 

2010  - 1st Place – Millennium Playwriting Contest  @ SteppingStone Theatre Company, NY  - Forgiving John Lennon

 

2009  - First Runner Up – The Pen Is A Mighty Sword International Contest  @The Virtual Theatre Project Wake Forest University  

Forgiving John Lennon (2nd place out of 1,014 scripts)

 

2008  - 1st Place – The Greenhouse Festival Of New Plays @ HotCity Theatre, St. Louis – Cockeyed (1st out of 250 scripts)

 

2007  - Finalist – Ashland New Play Festival @ Oregon Shakespeare

Cockeyed (One of 11 finalists out of 170 scripts)

 

2005 – 1st Place – Larry Corse Prize For Playwriting  @ Columbus State University in Atlanta - Seagulls In A Cherry Tree (1st out of 325 plays from twelve countries)

 

1998 –             Semi-Finalist @ The Eugene O’Neill

Dead White Males

 

1998 - Semi-Finalist @ Mildred & Albert Panowski Playwriting Award

Chasing Pirandello

 

1997 - First Runner Up @ Writers Vision Contest, Downey, CA

Chasing Pirandello

 

1996 - 1st Place – National Playwrights Award

            @ The Unicorn Theatre in Kansas – Innocent Thoughts

 

1995 - 1st Place – The Playwrights Festival 

@ Experimental Theatre Company of San Antonio – Innocent Thoughts

 

1994 - 1st Place – Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works

@ The Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA – Jewish Sports Heroes and Texas Intellectuals

 

1988 - 1st Place – Harmony Gold Award For Screenwriting

@ UCLA Student Academy Awards

 

1987 - 1st Place – Dennis Turner Award For Screenwriting

@ UCLA Student Academy Awards

 

1986 - 1st Place – The Jack Nicholson Award For Screenwriting

@ UCLA Student Academy Awards

 

1985 –             Bay Area Critics Award

For best production of the year in San Francisco, Kabuki Medea

 

TELEVISION WRITING  (Writer For The Following Network Television Shows)

 

1992 – The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air - NBC

(Starring Will Smith)

Freelance Writer

Columbia Television, Sunset Gower Studios, Hollywood, CA

 

1991 - Amen – NBC

(Starring Sherman Helmsley)

Freelance Writer (Including the 100th episode starring Kareem Abdul Jabbar)

Paramount Studios, Johnny Carson Productions. North Hollywood, CA

 

89-90 – My Two Dads – NBC

(Starring Paul Reiser)

Staff Writer - 23 episodes

Columbia Television, Sunset Gower Studios, Hollywood CA.

 

 

MOVIES (optioned, sold, and script doctored)

 

1991 –Fraternal Order  - Optioned by Filmways, Stirling Silliphant, Ex. Producer[1]

 

1990 – Executive Privilege - Sold to Ron Howard's Imagine Pictures & Tristar[2]

 

1988 – Grave Secrets (Script Doctor) - Planet Productions, Hollywood, CA

 

 

ADDITIONAL HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE

 

88/89             Script Secretary, Interscope Pictures - Westwood, CA

 

87/88             NBC Script Secretary, Moonlighting, Picturemaker Productions, 20th Century Fox, Century City, CA

 

1988 Warner Brother Sitcom Writers Workshop, Chosen from 350 applications, Burbank, CA

 

1987  Television Directing  - Three years study under Jerzy Antczak, the Oscar nominated director.

 

1987 – Screenwriting - Studied under Stirling Silliphant, the Oscar winning writer

 

 

UNION MEMBERSHIP

 

1988-(present) Writers Guild Of America (WGA)

 

1985-(present) Dramatists Guild of America (DGA) (Active)

 

 

FULL LENGTH PLAYS PRODUCED  (Author Of The Following Plays) (Partial List)

 

Women Playing Hamlet

(2015) Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City

 

Mad Gravity

(2014) College of Charleston -  (2014) Bloomington Playwrights Project

 

The Exit Interview

(2014) The Bards Theatre, Louisville, KY - (2014) The Big Idea Theatre, Sacramento, CA - (2014) Chagrin Valley Theatre, Cleveland, OH  - (2013) Salt Lake Acting Company  - (2013) Riverside Theatre - (2013) Aurora Comedy, IL  -(2013) Charlotte Actors Theatre -  (2013) Graceland University, IA - (2012) The InterAct Theatre, Philadelphia – (2012) The San Diego Rep - (2012) Orlando Shakespeare Theatre - (2011) National New Play Network New Play Festival -  (2011) Orlando Shakespeare Festival New Playfest

 

Books on Tape

 (2011) New York City Fringe Festival - (2011) University of Wyoming - (2010) Vintage Theatre, Denver  - (2010) Theatre Southwest, Houston

 

Forgiving John Lennon

(2013) University at Buffalo, Buffalo NY, (2011) The Detroit Rep, Detroit MI – (2011) University of Wyoming – (2011) Telluride Playwright’s Festival

 

Cockeyed

(2013) The Playhouse, Danville KY -  (2012) Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX - (2012) The Stage Coach Theatre, Boise ID - (2011) Black Box Theatre Group, Houston TX - (2011) The Schultz Theatre, New Market, VA - (2010) The No Strings Theatre Company, Las Cruces, NM – (2010) The Red Barn Theatre, Frankfort, IN – (2009) HotCity Theatre, St. Louis – (2009) The University of Wyoming – (2009) The Cheyenne Little Theatre

 

Kosher Lutherans

(2014) Alton Little Theatre, Alton IL - (2013) HotCity Theatre, St. Louis - (2013) Our Town Players, South Haven, MI - (2011) The Poke Street Theatre, Atlanta, GA - (2011) The Red Barn Theatre, Frankfort, IN  - (2011) Monticello Theatre, MN - (2011) The Playhouse, Danville KY - (2011) Warburg College, Waverly, IA -  (2011) North Fort Playhouse, Watertown SD - (2010) The Theatron Jewish Theatre, Toronto, Canada – (2010) The Bas Bleu Theatre, Fort Collins, CO – (2007) University of Wyoming, Summer Theatre

 

Headset – A View From The Light Booth

(2011) The Gilbert Theatre, Fayetteville, NC (2011) stadt Theater walfischgasse, Vienna Austria - (2006) The University of Wyoming  –(2004) Theatre in the park, Birmingham, AL – (2003) The Pensacola Little Theatre, Pensacola, FL – (2003) The Fishbowl Theatre, Toronto, Ontario – (2001) The Cookeville Drama Center, Cookeville TN – (1999) Garmisch Theatre, Germany – (1998) Curtain Up!, Durham, NC – (1997) The Hexis Theatre, Singapore – (1997) The Gilbert Theatre, Fayettville, NC – (1997) Playwright’s Forum, Memphis, TN – (1991) The Richard Basehart Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – (1991) The Sheboygan Players, Sheboygan, WI

 

Kabuki Medea

(2000) Nile North Theatre, Chicago, IL – (1994) Wisdom Bridge Theatre Chicago – (1994) Durban Performing Arts Center, South Africa – (1994) University of South Dakota – (1994) Memphis State University (1989) The University of Illinois – (1987) The International Theatre Festival, Israel (1986) – The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.  - (1985) The Berkeley Rep, Berkeley, CA – (1985) The Hanna Theatre, Cleveland, OH – (1984/85) The Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago, IL – (1983) The University of Illinois

 

Kabuki Faust

            (1986) Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL – (1984) The University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

 

Seagulls In A Cherry Tree

(2009) The University of Wyoming – (2009) Casper College, Wyoming – (2008) Twin Cities Chekhov Festival, Minneapolis – (2006) Orlando Shakespeare Festival Playfest(2005) – North American Actors Association, Soho Theatre London – (2005) Columbus State University, George – (2004) The Denver Center For The Performing Arts (Reading)

 

Dead White Males

(2012) West Virginia State University, WV  (2010) Tongue In Cheek Theater, NYC (2010) The Sustainable Theatre Project, Austin TX – (2008) The Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT  - (2008) The Interpreters Theatre, Cedar Falls, IA – (2005) The Miners Alley Theatre, Golden CO – (2005) The Theatre Co-operative, Boston  - (2003) – The Independent Freeform Theatre, Emporia State University, KS – (2002) Boise State University, Boise ID – (2002) Chance Theatre, Anaheim Hills, CA – (2001) The University of Wyoming, ACTF Regional Winner – (2002) – Clark College, Washington – (2000) The Boxer Rebellion Theatre, Chicago, IL – (1999) – The Asylum Theatre,  Las Vegas – (1999) The Alleyway Theatre, Buffalo, NY – (1998) The Playwright’s Kitchen Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA

 

Jewish Sports Heroes & Texas Intellectuals

(1997) The Overland Stage, Kansas City, KS – (1994) – Rivertree Theatre, Denver, CO – (1994) Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA (Workshop production) – (1994) The University of Wyoming – (1994) The San Francisco Playwrights Center, San Francisco, CA (Reading)

 

Innocent Thoughts

(2010) The Shadow Theatre Company, Denver – (2003) The Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood – (2002) The Side Project Theatre, Chicago – (2001) The Soho Writer’s Festival, London – (1999) Inglewood Playhouse, Inglewood, CA – (1998) Performance Network, Ann Arbor – (1998) The Asylum Theatre, Las Vegas – (1998) Miranda Theatre, New York City – (1997) The University of Wyoming – (1997) The Shadow Theatre Company, Denver – (1996) The Unicorn Theatre, Kansas City, MO – (1996) Arena Players Rep, Long Island, NY – (1996) Nebraska Rep,  Lincoln, NE (Staged reading) – (1995) 24th St. Experimental Theatre, San Antonio, TX

 

Chasing Pirandello

(2001) The Asylum Theatre, Las Vegas, NV – (1999) Fleetwood Stage, New Rochelle, NY, Abington Theatre, New York City Staged Reading)

 

The “M” Word

(2008) Columbia Basin College, Pasco Washington – (2008) The University of Wyoming

(2007) – The Lord Leebrick Theatre Company, reading, Eugene Oregon

 

Bare-Handed Catch

(1995) The University of Wyoming – (1994) The Players Guild, Arvada, CO – (1991) The Powerhouse Theatre, Venice, CA – (1984) Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

 

Nights At The Round Table

(2010) Hesperia Thespian Society, Bradley, CA – (2008) Stage By Stage, Canada – (2006) Zodiac Theatre, Florence AL – (1997) Stage Three, Casper WY – (1991) The Firehouse Theatre, Omaha, NE – (1985) Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA – (1984) Parkland College, Urbana, IL

 

Little Family Secrets

(1998) The Willows Theatre Company, Concord, CA – (1992) Actors Alley Theatre, Los Angeles, CA – (1998) North Iowa University, Cedar Falls, IA

 

 

SHORT PLAYS PRODUCED  (Author Of The Following Plays) (Partial List)

           

2013 – The Shelf Life of Sushi, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Toured through England

2013 – Books on Tape (10 m)  - Stage Left, Spokane

            2013 – What Do You Know, The Umbrella Theatre Company/ Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston

            2010 – The Shelf Life of Sushi, The Source Theatre, Washington DC

2009  Books On Tape (10 m) Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Toured through England

 

 

PLAY ADAPTATIONS

 

Uncle Vanya - Adapted from a 1919 translation - Produced at: 2007 - University of Wyoming (2007)

 

The Scopes Monkey Trial - A new play adapted from the trial transcripts of the 1927 Scopes Evolution Case - Produced at: University of Wyoming (2003)

 

A Doll House  - A new adaptation from a literal translation by Hans Lindstrom - Produced at: Helen High Theatre (2007) & University of Wyoming (2000)

 

 

INVITED READING & FESTIVALS

 

2012  - Long Beach Playhouse (Invited reading) – The Polish Book of Karma

 

2012  - Missoula Colony - Playwriting Festival (Invited reading) – Books On Tape

 

2011  - The Modern Muse Theatre, Denver  (Invited reading) – The Trial Of Ayn Rand

 

2011  - Telluride New Play Festival  (Invited reading) – The Trial Of Ayn Rand

 

2011  - Paragon Theatre, Denver (Invited reading) – Forgiving John Lennon

 

2011 – Orlando Shakespeare Theatre New Playfest (Workshop) The Exit Interview

 

2009  - Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region (Invited reading) Forgiving John Lennon

 

2009  - Great Plains Theatre Conference (Invited reading) – The Polish Book Of Karma

 

2009  - Paragon Theatre, Denver (Invited reading) – The Polish Book Of Karma

 

2007  - Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region (Invited reading) The M Word

 

2007 – Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska (Invited reading) Cockeyed

 

2006 – Orlando Shakespeare Theatre New Playfest (Workshop) Seagulls In A Cherry Tree

 

2003 – Denver Center For the Performing Arts (reading – Playwright’s Group) Seagulls       In A Cherry Tree

 

 

DIRECTING & DRAMATURGY (Partial List)

 

2011 – Forgiving John Lennon  – (Director/Writer) – Telluride Play Festival

 

2011 – Books On Tape  – (Director/Writer) – University of Wyoming

 

2010 – Kosher Lutherans (Writer/Director) – Bas Bleu Theatre Company/ Colorado

 

2010 – This Isn’t What It Looks Like – (Director) Telluride Repertory Theatre

 

2009 – Seagulls In A Cherry Tree (Director/Writer) – University of Wyoming

 

2008 – Mulch (Director) – University of Wyoming One Act Festival

 

2008 – Idiot’s Guide (Director) – University of Wyoming One Act Festival

 

2008 – Last Train To Nibroc (Director) – UW Summer Theatre

 

2007 – Uncle Vanya - (Director) – University of Wyoming

 

2008 – Kosher Lutherans (Writer/Director) – UW Summer Theatre

 

2007 – Spinning Into Butter - (Director) University of Wyoming

 

2006 – Un-American Activities - (Director) (Premiere) University of Wyoming

 

2004 – Good Morning Athens (a rock musical) (Premiere) (Director & Dramaturge) University of Wyoming (Premiere Production) Winner of the Mark Twain Prize, The David Cohen National Student playwriting Award, and the National Student Written Musical Award. Produced at the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts during the National ACTF Festival. (now published by Dramatist)

 

2004 – Finding Nero  -  (Director) (Premiere) – University of Wyoming One-Act Festival

 

2003 – Missionary Position - (Director & Dramaturge) (Premiere) University of Wyoming (Premiere) Produced at the Regional American College Theatre Festival in 2004

 

2002 – The Scopes Monkey Trial -  (Creator & Director) (Premiere) University of Wyoming

 

01/02 – Rainy Day People - (Director & Dramaturge) (Premiere) University of Wyoming (premiere - winner of the Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting) (now published by Dramatists) Produced at the Regional American College Theatre Festival in 2002

 

2000 – The Cherry Orchard (Mamet Version) – (Director) University of Wyoming

 

2000 - A Doll House – (Adaptation and director) University of Wyoming (a new translation)

 

1998 – Death Of A Salesman - (Director) University of Wyoming

 

1997 – There’s A Girl In My Soup - (Director) UW Summer Theatre

 

1996 - I Hate Hamlet - (Director) University of Wyoming

 

1996 – Lovers & Other Strangers - (Director) UW Summer Theatre

 

1994 – Harvey - (Director) UW Summer Theatre

 

1993 – Jewish Sports Heroes and Texas Intellectuals - (Director) University of Wyoming

 

1993 – House of Blue Leaves - (Director) University of Wyoming

 

1993 – An Enemy of the People - (Director) U. North Carolina, Charlotte

 

1992 – Summer and Smoke - (Director) U. North Carolina, Charlotte

 

 

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

1988-90 – Co-Artistic Director – Circle Rep West Theatre

The west coast (Hollywood) wing of the Circle Rep in New York - Duties included artistic direction, fund raising, grant writing, producing, play selection and development of new plays.

 

 

PLAYWRITING MEMBERSHIP

 

2001-03   Denver Center For The Performing Arts Playwright’s Unit

 

2003-10   Chameleons Stage – Playwright’s Group Denver Colorado

 

1980-82 – Circle Repertory Company - Two years training in playwriting under Lanford Wilson, Milan Stitt & Rod Marriott, New York City

 

 

 

PLAY JUDGE (Partial List)

 

2011 – Featured Artist for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, Alaska

 

2009 – Final National Judge for the Arts & Letters Prize in Drama given by the Journal of Contemporary Culture - Georgia College & State University

 

2007 – National Judge for the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award  - American College Theatre Festival – Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts.

 

2006 – National Judge for the John Cauble Playwriting Award  - American College Theatre Festival – Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts.

 

2006 – National Judge for the Mark Twain Playwriting Award  - American College Theatre Festival – Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts.

 

2005 – Play Judge for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference

 

2005 - Vice Chair Of Playwriting for the American College Theatre Festival (Region 7 - Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, & Wyoming)

 

2005 - Play Judge for the American College Theatre Festival (Region 4 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West     Virginia, Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands)

 

1995 – Play Judge for Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works - The Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



[1] Optioned but not made into a movie

[2] Sold but not made into a movie