David Douglas is a playwright, award-winning short story author, and founder of Stage Writers — a Dallas-based playwright organization. With a penchant for combining romance and mystery, he often writes of central love stories affected (for better or worse) by murder, secrets, or past transgressions. His full-length play, Railbird, has received readings in the First Impressions Festival (Imprint Theatreworks) and the Play Readers Club (Our Productions Theatre Co.). His short plays have been featured at Rover Dramawerks, Stage Writers, Sundown Collaborative Theatre, and the Dallas One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF/Kitchen Dog Theater). David is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and serves as Director of Technology for Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas (WORD). In addition to writing, David loves watching classic and independent films, as well as reading, attending, and directing plays.

The Longer Story

David Douglas was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, with a hankering to write. Literally, on his first day of Kindergarten, he went home furious, because he wasn't immediately bestowed the skills to read any given novel. During the childhood years that followed, he gradually evolved from writing poems to songs to "scary" stories. Unfortunately, high school writing assignments — combined with a series of necessary, but life-changing, spine surgeries that left David dependent upon crutches and/or a wheelchair for mobility — abolished his enjoyment of writing, and David's interests waxed toward the science and technology fields.

Less than a month after graduating from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree, David began teaching Calculus and other advanced mathematics at a private high school, where he remained for one year. Meanwhile, his burgeoning interest in film — and a growing aspiration to write and direct — rekindled his passion for writing, resulting in a 56-page short film script, Fire Lake. Sadly, hopes of producing the project quickly crumbled, and David moved on to study Statistics in graduate school at the University of Memphis.

While in Memphis, TN, David worked as a Graduate Assistant at Mid-South ACT, helping people with disabilities learn to use assistive technology. In the following few years, David moved back to Arkansas, worked as a website developer, and ultimately rediscovered his "need" to write. Then, on January 4, 2014, he left his hometown and headed to the Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex.

Eventually settling in McKinney, TX, David resolved to begin January 2015 in a serious pursuit of a writing career by enrolling in a creative writing class and, later, joining local writers organizations. By the end of the year, he had drafted a 13-page plot outline for a romance/mystery novel and had written his first award-winning short story, The Bruised Banana.

Presently, David has paused work on his debut novel to, instead, focus on writing two new full-length plays. Meanwhile, he holds positions on the Board of Directors of three local writers organizations, is the webmaster of Bouchercon Dallas 2019, and is the founder of Stage Writers — a Dallas-based playwright group.



David Douglas outside the  Angelika Film Center  in Dallas, TX – April 30, 2015

David Douglas outside the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, TX – April 30, 2015


I have no idea when my love for film began. Was it when I was a toddler? Or was it ingrained into my nature before I was even born? Because, honestly, I cannot remember a time when I wasn't watching and adoring movies. I sometimes wonder which was my first movie to watch, but, alas, I will likely never know. Regardless of how it came about, the love has grown and influenced my life over the years.

I never considered filmmaking as a hobby, a profession, or in any form until 2005. It was then that I wrote, produced, directed, filmed, and edited a short film, The Passenger. It was a small project with merely a few friends gathered to help me turn my idea into reality. However, that little project was a huge influence on my life. Unfortunately, no, it didn't turn me into a feature film director, but it did prove to myself that I could turn a creative idea into something tangible.

In 2006, I helped a friend shoot his own short film. Then, in 2007, I wrote a new, much longer script, Fire Lake (inspired by the Bob Seger song of the same name), which I hoped to turn into another short film. Sadly, I couldn't find enough interested, reliable people to fill out the cast of characters; therefore, filming of the project never happened. Nonetheless, it was a good experience that influenced my life. If I had not written Fire Lake, I don't think I would have rediscovered my passion for writing, nor would I have believed in my ability to write a story of over 10,000 words. Plus, all was not lost. Ten years later, the story foundations and characters of Fire Lake were used to write my first stage play, Railbird.

As for my favorite films, I'm usually attracted to Classic, Foreign, and Indie movies. It's rare for a big-budget Hollywood movie to leave me feeling anything but disappointed. Regardless of when, where, or for how much money a film was made, I find there's nothing better than an intricate mystery, brimming with suspense. Hence, my overall favorite film is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.

Additionally, Wait Until Dark, Rope, Dial M for Murder, and other movies based on plays and set in (basically) one room are why I was drawn to writing plays. I'm fascinated by tight settings, small casts, and the amazing stories than can be told within those limitations.