Ensemble

William Nedved

Co-Founder

William is the co-founder of The Gift Theatre Company. His full-length works include Northwest Highway (The Gift); Fact & Fiction (The Gift; Elephant Theatre, Los Angeles); crying, waiting, hoping (Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series); A Young Man in Pieces, County Fair (The Gift); The Three-Way (The Gift Sydney); The Two of You (The University of Iowa); and See Through You (Nuffield Theatre, England.)

He also adapted Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author as‘6’ for The Gift. His short play Kid was awarded “Best Production” at Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 2009. Against the Grain was part of the 1997 Young Playwrights, Inc. Summer Festival. Fate, an original musical, was awarded the first-ever 1997 Leonard Bernstein ‘Learning Through The Arts’ Interdisciplinary Scholarship through Scholastic, Inc. A Young Man in Pieces and the short plays American Idolatry and Father Nature are published by Heuer.

He also contributed the screenplay for the 8 Players short All Tomorrow’s Parties (filmed in one, continuous tracking shot), which premiered at The ArtHouse Sydney and was screened at the 2002 Los Angeles Short Film Festival.

He holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa; an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of New South Wales – Sydney; and an MFA in Film and Television Writing from the University of Southern California, where his MFA drama pilot thesis Hearts & Minds won the 2009 Josh Schwartz Award. Fun day jobs have included Steppenwolf, Ugly Betty and ditching his Brazilian host high school to teach ESL.