Director KAREN CARPENTER

Upcoming NYC productions include the new plays Harry Townsend’s Last Stand and Re-Wire, and the new musicals Brave New World and American Twistory. Off- Broadway: Delia and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss And What I Wore, produced by Daryl Roth (Drama Desk Award: Best Unique Theatrical Experience, New York Times Critic's Pick); Handle With Care (New York Times Critic's Pick); Bulldozer: the Ballad of Robert Moses; and Witnessed by the World. Regional: Wizard of Oz, Surflight, where she returns this fall to direct the new musical Boynton Beach Club, based on Susan Seidelman’s film of that title; Vagina Monologues, Bucks County; Steel Magnolias, Paper Mill Playhouse; Former Artistic Director, William Inge Center for the Arts & the Inge Festival, where she instituted the New Play Lab, and honored David Henry Hwang, Arthur Kopit, Beth Henley, and Donald Margulies for lifetime achievement. Former Associate Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre, where she produced over 40 plays and musicals, revived their annual Shakespeare Festival, and directed Abi Morgan’s Splendor (American premiere, Critic’s Choice, L.A. Times), Nilo Cruz’s Two Sisters and a Piano (Critic’s Choice, L.A. Times), Jeffrey Hatcher’s Smash (Patté Award), and Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (The Reader’s “Best Bet”). Ms. Carpenter served on the faculty of the Yale School of Drama from 1991-1996. Alum of Boston University.

Creators & Producers

KEVIN KAUFMAN (Writer/Composer/Producer) has produced over 100 interviews, symposia, readings of new musicals, and two Musical Theatre Conferences through Broadway on Sunset profiled in the Los Angeles Times. The BOS programs featured presentations of over 50 new musicals and interviews with theatre notables Sammy Cahn, Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn, Ralph Burns, Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee, Betty Garrett, Gene Nelson, Ray Walston, Donna McKechnie, Grover Dale, Rob Marshall, Richard Maltby, Jr. & David Shire, and Marshall Barer, Jason Alexander, Frank Wildhorn, Henry Krieger, Michael John LaChiusa, Dean Pitchford, Billy Porter, Douglas Sills, Lillias White, and other Broadway veterans. BOS has been honored twice by the Los Angeles City Council for its work in the Arts. Kevin’s Halloween musical The Little Witch of Wichita has received 17 productions nationally. He is a member of ASCAP and was a grand prize winner on Name That Tune.

SYDNEY GAIL STAYDEN (Writer/Producer) brought the musical Hoopz, the story of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, to Disney Theatricals to be developed, and Disney workshopped it with Savion Glover. In 2000 Stayden produced Broadway on Sunset’s West Coast Musical Theater Conference featuring keynote speaker Julie Taymor (The Lion King); and participants Rob Marshall (Chicago; Into The Woods); Moderator Larry King; Henry Krieger (Dreamgirls), and many other Broadway veterans. Stayden co-wrote and co-produced the feature film Red Roses and Petrol starring Malcolm McDowell. Stayden also produced: My Man Adam for TriStar; and I Could Never Have Sex With Any Man Who Has Such Little Regard For My Husband for Cinema 5. She is currently developing, with producing partner RKO, a remake of the 1941 Jean Arthur comedy The Devil and Miss Jones.

MARC RUBIN (Writer) has been an award winning advertising art director, writer and television scriptwriter having been the head writer for such TV series as The White Shadow, Fame, and The Equalizer. He was co-founder of The Denver Group which received national and international media attention for the ads and TV commercials he created pressuring the DNC to keep Hillary Clinton's name on the ballot at the 2008 Democratic Convention.  He has also been a contributing editor to the famed National Lampoon magazine during its heyday where his main collaborator was Chris Miller, one of the screenwriters and main creative force behind Animal House.  Marc currently is at work on a new TV series pilot and a number of film projects. Mr. Rubin lives in NYC.

NEAL SHUSTERMAN (Writer) New York Times best-selling author Neal Shusterman began his professional writing career shortly after graduation from college, when his humor column was picked up by Syndicated Writer's Group, making Neal the youngest syndicated columnist in the nation. Since then, Neal made his mark as a successful novelist, screenwriter, and television writer. His over 30 published novels have received many awards from organizations like the International Reading Association, the American Library Association, as well as garnering a myriad of state and local awards across the country, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book award for Fiction. His novels include Bruiser, Everlost, Full Tilt, The Schwa Was Here, and Unwind, which is currently in production as a feature film with Constantin Films. Neal also developed ten successful How to Host a Mystery and How to Host a Murder games, has written for numerous TV shows, including Goosebumps, and wrote the Disney original TV movie Pixel Perfect.

STEPHEN COLE (Lyrics) Stephen is an internationally produced, published and recorded writer. He is the winner of the prestigious "Edward Kleban Award" as Most Promising Librettist of 2000. His musicals include: THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER; AFTER THE FAIR produced in 1999 at the York Theatre Company, Outer Critic's Circle Nomination for Best Off-Broadway Musical; CASPER, which toured in 2001 starring Broadway legend, Chita Rivera; CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, adapted form Sinclair Lewis' "Dodsworth," which premiered in Texas starring Hal Linden and Dee Hoty; GROSSINGER'S, which also premiered in Texas and starred Gavin MacLeod and Ruta Lee; and TIME AFTER TIME. Stephen has penned special material for Chita Rivera, Christine Baranski, Marlo Thomas, Tyne Daly, Rosie O'Donnell, JoAnne Worley, Michael Rupert, Liz Smith, Michele Lee, Valerie Harper and many others. Stephen is the author of "That Book About That Girl," the unofficial companion to the famous and innovative Marlo Thomas sitcom from the 1960's (Renaissance Books 1999).

JOHN EVEREST (Lyrics/writer) The late Mr. Everest's produced shows as librettist/sketch writer and lyricist include: I French Kissed a Zombie; the musical revues, Scaling Everest; Mark Twain in Love, directed by veteran stage and screen actor/dancer, Gene Nelson; 81 Proof, a topical musical revue; and The Right Guy with composer Vernon Duke (April in Paris) John was a member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, NARAS, and Actors Equity Association.

ROB BATTAN (Lyrics/writer) Rob was the lyricist for “Lamb Chop on Broadway” starring Shari Lewis; and Now, Voyager.

ROB MEURER (Lyrics) first came to prominence on the Grammy-sweeping debut album by Christopher Cross, with whom he has since written and produced several albums. He served as Music Director for Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre and Billy Crystal’s A Comic’s Line and has also worked with Carole King, J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes, and Van Dyke Parks. Rob has written four musicals with The Knack lead guitarist Berton Averre, including Jungle Man!, which was given two sellout productions by Stage One in Wichita, and Robin Hood: The Untold Story, which was featured in the ASCAP/Disney Workshop and is slated for the 2009 L.A. Festival of New American Musicals. Rob and Berton have also written songs for playwright Mark Saltzman’s Set Up and Punch, which opens at The Blank Theatre in L.A. in April 2009.

TONY REITANO (Writer) One of the original actors of the early workshops with American Twistory, Tony began contributing material soon thereafter. He wrote episodes for TV - They Came from Outer Space and Animation - Bonkers. Current projects include contributing writer on Homicide for the Holidays (an interactive whodunit) in Madison, WI; and several screenplays in development. As an actor, Tony performed on stage across the U.S. and in film and television. In commercials, he was Vince the Crash Test Dummy in the award-winning Safety Belt campaign. You could learn a lot from a dummy -- buckle your safety belt!

ADAM OVERETT (Lyrics) Adam is a member of the Lehman Engel Musical Theater Advanced Workshop at BMI, where he won the 2002 Jerry Harrington Award for Excellence. His musical, CALL IT COURAGE based on the Newbery Medal-winning novel by Armstrong Sperry, was a 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival designee, as well as a finalist for the ASCAP Workshop, the Bloomington Playwriting Contest and other awards. It was given a staged reading at the York Theatre in 2004, and was featured on the Bound For Broadway concert series at Merkin Concert Hall in 2005. Adam has also authored the musicals THE FIREBIRD and SEEING THE LIGHT; and several plays, including PASSPORT, STANDING GUARD, and THE BIRDBATH. A graduate of Yale University, he studied dramatic literature and music, and won the John Golden Prize for New Musicals.

SANDY SHERMAN (Lyrics) is a lyricist/ songwriter with an extensive list of credits including songs, in a variety of musical styles, featured in numerous popular films, T.V. series and artist compilations. “The Little Witch of Wichita” for which she is the lyricist, is an award winning family musical performed in many theaters nationally including the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles where she was also co-producer. Her children’s songs have delighted millions of children and include songs for Disney Records, Buena Vista Videos, LeapFrog Toys, Disney Channel, Shari Lewis, The Children’s Television Workshop and Hal Leonard songbooks.

GERRY STOBER (Music), a native of Montreal, Canada has been involved in various aspects of the global music industry, garnering world-wide acclaim and awards as a songwriter, producer, publisher, musician and vocalist. He also heads his own music production and publishing company. Artist credits include: No Mercy – multi-platinum worldwide; Aaron Neville – Grammy nominated album “Devotion”; The Jets; The Commodores; Jack Wagner; Jennifer Love Hewitt; Audrey de Montigny – Canadian Idol finalist; Eve; and Jane Fostin – nominated for “Les Cesaire de la Musique” award in Paris, France 2001; His music has also appeared in commercials including: Mattel/Barbie; Kraft/General Foods Nestle Crunch; Coke; Florida Marlins; Process Gruyere Cheese; Korean Airlines; and California Avocado Commission.

PETER ROBERTS (Music) A multiple award winning producer and songwriter, over 200 of his songs were recorded and released by various artists, including La Toya Jackson, Daechelle, George Benson, ATC, Bryan Duncan, Lou Bega, Jimi Jamison´s Survivor, The New York Voices, Irene Cara, Lisa Frazier, the Roberts Bros. among others. Peter's song "Fearless" won the Pop Category of the 2007 Billboard World Songwriting Competition as well as the People's Voice of the International Songwriting Competition 2006. Peter's songs were on the charts in different genres like Pop, Rock, Dance, Smooth Jazz and Christian.