He recently re-directed and produced the pilot to the new Amazon series Bosch and previously directed the pilots to Necessary Roughness at USA and Valentine for the CW. He is currently directing multiple episodes of The Americans, The Strain, Resurrection, and The Catch, and his body of work includes over 100 episodes of television series including Heroes, Ed, The Mentalist, Dead Like Me, Memphis Beat, Outsourced, Go On, Judging Amy, and CSI:NY, as well as producing Ed, Close to Home, K-Ville, Valentine, Necessary Roughness, Bosch and The Catch.
Among his many achievements, is the development and creation of the successful USA series Necessary Roughness, where he directed and executive produced the pilot, as well as the entire run of this successful series.
Dowling’s film debut, The Sum of Us, starring Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson, won 17 awards including Best Feature at the Montreal and Sydney Film Festivals, four Australian Critics Awards including Best Picture, and six A.F.I. nominations.
On stage, he directed the award winning New York premiere of The Sum of Us, starring Tony Goldwyn. That production opened to critical acclaim at the Cherry Lane Theatre and was awarded both an Obie and the Outer Critics Circle Award. He also directed the New York premiere of Jay Tarses’ play Man in his Underwear at Playwrights Horizons; the critically acclaimed New York revival of David Mamet’s comedy, A Life in the Theater starring F. Murray Abraham; and Ralph Waite in Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he directed Inge’s Picnic starring Blythe Danner, Tony Goldwyn, and Gwyneth Paltrow; O’Neill’s Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Christine Lahti, Jamey Sheridan, and Pat Hingle; and an earlier production of The Sum of Us. He produced the musical Buddy, at the Shubert Theatre and was the maintaining director of The Nerd on Broadway, where he directed, among others, Peter MacNicol, Robert Joy, and Peter Riegert. Prior to The Nerd, author Larry Shue and Dowling were collaborating with composer Alan Menken on a Broadway musical based on Jackie Gleason’s The Honeymooners.
Dowling was a Founding Member and, for eight years, the Artistic Director of The Actor’s Ensemble. During this time, he directed more than 20 plays, including the first full scale New York production of Lanford Wilson’s This Is The Rill Speaking, the New York premiere of Dan Lauria’s Game Plan, his own A Child’s Piece, and revivals of plays by Harold Pinter and Sam Shepard. He later produced Mr. Shepard’s comedy hit True West, which ran for two years at the Cherry Lane Theatre and featured during its run such actors as: John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, James Belushi, Gary Cole, Randy Quaid, & Dennis Quaid. He also served as Artistic Director of the Cherry Lane Theatre from 1982 to 1995.