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.

ADDITIONAL WRITERS & LYRICISTS - Tony Reitano, Robert Battan, John Everest, Rob Meurer, Mike Luparello, Stephen Cole, Adam Overett, Sandy Sherman