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Douglas W. Larche

Dr. Douglas Larche is an internationally recognized playwright, poet and professor. He holds a bachelor's degree from Graceland College, an M.Ed. from Wichita State University and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has done post-doctoral work in the playwriting and screenwriting workshops of Yale and Oxford universities and is a Norman Felton Fellow in and received an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop as his Number the Stars was released. Among his 60 produced or published plays and screenplays are Truth on Trial: The Ballad of Sojourner Truth with Dramatic Publishing, the musical drama Angels in the Snow which played an international Perestroika Festival and at the United Nations in New York, the AIDS-Education rock musical S*M*A*S*H which toured 40 cities for the National Centers for Disease Control, and Getting Pissed or a Play on Words which premiered at Oxford. Best known as the children's book author Father Gander of Father Gander Nursery Rhymes: The Equal Rhymes Amendment, he published three new children's plays with Dramatic Publishing as O Christmas Three!. Larche's works have appeared on national best-seller lists, on Broadway, in thousands of newspapers, hundreds of radio programs and scores of television shows on five continents. A prolific speaker, textbook author, composer, recording artist and filmmaker, Larche was chair and artistic director of Grand View College Theatre in Des Moines, Iowa, for 14 years. He is married to Susan Elliott Larche and they have four children—Jason and Elisa Larche and Mark and Scott Kelly.

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