Steven L. Sears
|Steven Lee Sears|
December 23, 1957 |
Fort Gordon, Georgia
|Pen name||Buddy Williers|
Steven Lee Sears (born December 23, 1957 in Fort Gordon, Georgia) is an American writer and producer primarily working in television. He is perhaps best known for writing and co-executive producing the popular series Xena: Warrior Princess, as well as his subsequent creation Sheena, based on the comic book of the same name.
While he initially began his career as an actor, Sears found great creative success with his writing and began to pursue it full-time in 1984 (with the series Riptide), accumulating an impressive resume as staff writer, story editor and producer on such shows as Stingray, The A-Team, J.J. Starbuck, The Highwayman, Father Dowling Mysteries, Swamp Thing, and Raven. In addition, he has written for shows such as Hardcastle and McCormick, Superboy, The Hollywood Detective, Jesse Hawkes, Hardball, Grand Slam, and Walker, Texas Ranger. He has also written in the arenas of film, stage, animation and interactive.
Steven L. Sears was born into a military family, his father being a career soldier with the U.S. Army. Consequently, Steven traveled quite a bit, his family being rotated out to new assignments every three years. As a result, he had managed to visit 14 countries and 48 U.S. states before the age of 13, when his father retired from the military. Moving to the small town of St. Augustine, Florida, Steven became active in the arts programs at St. Augustine High School, as well as local productions. Music and Drama became his major focus as his first "professional" acting work was in "The Cross and the Sword", a symphonic drama which was the Official State Play of Florida.
Upon graduation, he entered the University of Florida and received his Associate of Arts degree. He then transferred to Florida State University to join the highly respected School of Theater, then under the direction of Richard G. Fallon. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1980, Sears moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He soon discovered he had an affinity for writing and, though he still enjoyed acting, it was as a writer that he made his mark.
Partnering with another aspiring writer, Burt Pearl, the two of them began to write scripts "for the fun of it." The Producers of the Stephen J. Cannell Productions hit, RIPTIDE, soon brought them in for an interview. From that meeting, Steven and Burt got their first assignment. That assignment led to a full-time staff position at Stephen J. Cannell Productions. After working together for several years, Sears and Pearl moved on separately into successful independent careers.
Sears established a scholarship program for undergraduate Theatre students at Florida State. He was also honored by the Florida State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa as a "Grad Made Good" in 2006. In 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at St. Augustine High School, a part of the St. Johns County Center for the Arts. Sears continues his association with aspiring filmmakers and students by occasionally appearing as a guest lecturer at such institutions as UCLA, USC, FSU, UCLB, AFI, and others. He also volunteers his time to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for their Student Emmys and Student Internship programs. He is also very active on the internet, having a fairly high profile among fans of his previous series as well as various screenwriting forums.