Jess Winfield was a founding member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. He co-created the Laurence Olivier Award-nominated comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and performed in it for many years, including launching its decade-long run in London's West End. After leaving the RSC, he spent ten years writing and producing animated television and won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Disney's Teacher's Pet. In June 2007 he revised and co-directed The Complete Works (abridged) in a West End revival at the Arts Theatre. His first novel, My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare will be released in July, 2008, by Twelve Books. A California native, he is married and lives in Los Angeles.