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Ensemble Member William Nedved

WILLIAM NEDVED is a writer engaged with exploring the journeys that define us. He is the co-founder and an Ensemble Member of The Gift Theatre. The Gift has premiered his plays Body + Blood (Jeff Recommended), Northwest Highway (2011 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association nomination), A Young Man in Pieces, 6 and County Fair, as well as several short plays for The Gift’s TEN.

Nedved wrote the book and lyrics for Medusa: The Musical, with a score by composer and Project Runway winner Kentaro Kameyama, developed by the Tony Award-winning Deaf West Theatre at The Getty Villa in 2019. Nedved and Kameyama’s The Passion of McQueen, an opera based on life, death, and art of fashion visionary Alexander McQueen, played a sold-out concert at Pasadena’s Boston Court Theatre in 2019.

His play Closet Drama, or The Dick Pic of a Twink was part of the 2018 LAMBDA Literary Fest in Los Angeles. He wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed Fact & Fiction for the 2011 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and then at 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 inaugural 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. Nedved also contributed the screenplay for the 8 Players short All Tomorrow’s Parties, which premiered at The ArtHouse Sydney and was screened at the 2002 Los Angeles Short Film Festival. He is a member of the Playwrights Union Los Angeles and participated in the Skylight Theatre PlayLab.

Nedved 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. His most recent pilot, The Sleeper, was a semifinalist in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break contest. Nedved has done script consultation for Amazon and Netflix, and teaches acting and dramatic writing at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, Columbia College Hollywood, as well as the popular Scripting 101 workshop with Emmy-winner Mark Saltzman.

He lives in East Hollywood with his husband Camilo and terrier Louise. The journey that defined him was his year as a Rotary International high school exchange student in Brazil.