He won a Tony Award and an Oliver Award for his smash hit play Children of a Lesser God, and won an Obie Award for When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?.
He worked as an instructor at the Capitol Radio Engineering Institute before writing his first play, The Wager.
He founded the American Southwest Theater Company and won a Kennedy Center Medallion for Excellence in Education and Artistic Achievement.
He married his second wife Stephanie Thorne in 1972.
He discovered Neil Patrick Harris, casting him in his 1988 film Clara's Heart.