Douglas McGrath is a filmmaker, playwright and essayist. He collaborated with Woody Allen on the screenplay for “Bullets Over Broadway” for which they were nominated for an Academy Award. He then wrote and directed the Oscar winning “Emma” from Jane Austen’s novel; Charles Dickens’ “Nicholas Nickleby,” which won the Best Ensemble Cast from the National Board of Review; “Infamous”; and the HBO documentaries, “His Way” and “Becoming Mike Nichols,” both of which were nominated for Emmys. His play “Checkers” opened the 30th anniversary season of New York’s Vineyard Theater. His book for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” was nominated for the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards. He has written essays on the arts and politics for The New Yorker, The New York Times, the New Republic and Vanity Fair.