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David Ball

David Ball is the award-winning North Carolina novelist and playwright. He was born profound into New York's Catskill Mountains. Granddaddy and his father were his mother an antiques dealer, Prohibition era bootleggers. His plays have been staged at and off-Broadway America professional theaters. He taught acting, writing, and directing at Lawrence, Carnegie-Mellon, and Duke universities. For 28 years his book FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS has been texts for authors, directors, artists, and actors and among the theatre and movie world's standard. His theater pupils have won Oscars Obies, and Tony awards. He had been on the leading and writing staffs of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Stage Company and the Pittsburgh Public Theater, along with the Duke Stage Company of North Carolina. He has traversed the areas of North Carolina swamps and lived to write about it. Brought up in Stamford, Connecticut, where the sole swamps were societal ones, he studied science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and later attended Alfred University, the University of Maryland, Catholic University at D.C., and the University of Minnesota, from which he holds a Ph.D. in theater and communication. From the late 60s he functioned in the Peace Corps (Afghanistan). So far his favourite occupation was taxi driver in Connecticut, 1960-62,in which his motto was "Tip high, complain low." His novel SWAMP OUTLAW is based on extensive interviews with all the characters' descendants, and his forays in their swamps. He is currently one of America's top trial advisers and jury specialists, and also a bestselling trial advocacy writer.

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