Playwright David Scott Milton was an early member of the avant-garde Theater Genesis, along with Sam Shepard, Leonard Melfi and Murray Mednick. His Off-off Broadway productions included "The Interrogation Room," "Halloween Mask," "The Metaphysical Cop," and "Scraping Bottom." "Scraping Bottom," under the title of "Born to Win," became the Czech director Ivan Passer's first American film, and starred George Segal, Karen Black and Paula Prentiss.

Other plays were "Duet for Solo Voice" and "Bread" at the American Place Theater and a revised version of "Duet for Solo Voice," re-titled "Duet," on Broadway with Ben Gazzara.

In Los Angeles, "Skin," for which Mr. Milton won the Neil Simon Playwrights Award, ran for nearly a year at The Odyssey Theater. In February 28, 2006, “Skin” opened to rave reviews at The Angels & Heroes Theater, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He has had five novels published: "The Quarterback" (Dell), "Paradise Road" (Atheneum), "Kabbalah" (Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich), "Skyline" (Putnam's), “The Fat Lady Sings” (iUniverse). "Paradise Road" was given the Mark Twain Journal award "for significant contribution to American literature." A new novel, “Iron City," is due out later this year.

In 2007, Mr. Milton’s early novels were reissued by the Authors Guild Back-in-print program.

Mr. Milton’s short stories have appeared in The Southern California Anthology, The Pearl River Review, The Southern (Lafayette, Louisiana) Anthology, among others.

His adaptation of David Hare's "Knuckle" was seen on PBS television. Other television work includes a stint as story editor on “Starsky and Hutch” and scripts for the John Houseman syndicated show, “Tales of the Unexpected.”

He has written three screenplays for the director, Peter Bogdanovich: "I'll Remember April" for CBS Theatrical Films, "Paradise Road," for Dino DeLaurentis, "Saturday, Sunday, Monday," for Warner Bros. In addition to Mr. Bogdanovich and Ivan Passer, he has worked with Sidney Pollack, Dick Richards, Irv Kershner, Milos Forman, John Cassavetes, and others.

He recently completed the screen adaptation of Jack Valenti's novel, "Protect and Defend" for Laura Pels-Peter Bogdanovich Productions. His novel, “The Fat Lady Sings," has been optioned by producer Jerry Tokovsky (“Glengarry Glen Ross,” “The Grass Harp,” “Where’s Papa?”).

He is at present working on two non-fiction books, "Soul of Murder," the story of his work in a maximum security prison; and "Goodfella Buried," a continuation of the tale of former mafia henchman Henry Hill, who had been in the Federal Witness Protection Program for almost twenty years, and whose early life was the basis of the Nicholas Pileggi book, "Wiseguy" and the Martin Scorcese film, "GoodFellas."

Since 1977, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Adjunct Professor in Professional Writing (graduate level) at the University of Southern California. He also teaches screenwriting in the cinema department.

He has been a special lecturer at Goddard College and at Cal Arts, as well as consultant to the creative writing program at the University of South Alabama and literary consultant to Scott, Foresman Publishers, and Warner Books. In the recent past he has conducted screenwriting seminars at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and the Duke University Film and Television Program. Last year he was appointed to the advisory board of the Christopher Isherwood Foundation along with, among others, David Hockney, Michael York, John Schlessinger, and Armistead Maupin.

For thirteen years he ran a writers' workshop on the Maximum Security Yard of the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi where his class consisted of a dozen murderers.

In 2004, a one man show, “Murderers Are My Life," based on his prison experiences, completed a four month run at The Two Roads Theater in Studio City, CA. It was also seen at The Schoolhouse Theater in Croton Falls, New York in October of last year and had a limited run at the Studio Theater in Manhattan. It received a nomination as best one-man show by the Valley Theater League of Los Angeles.