ERIN KAMLER (Book, Music and Lyrics) is thrilled to be working with this extraordinary team on Divorce! A three-time winner of Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwright’s Festival, Erin’s plays have been staged at The Public Theater and Playwright’s Horizons, and she won the 1994 University of Michigan Hopwood Award for playwriting. Her musical Runway 69 about a strip club on the eve of the Times Square clean-up, is in development at New Dramatists where it won the 2008 Frederick Loewe Award. Upcoming musicals include The Jews of Calabasas, and Khmer. An accomplished recording artist, Erin’s albums Mantra Girl: Truth and Mantra Girl: Trinity were featured on "Extra TV," in Billboard Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, United Airlines’ In-Flight Entertainment, New Line Cinema’s “A Man Apart,” and on ABC’s “The Gilmore Girls.” Erin has performed to audiences in Japan, India, Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, and throughout the United States. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently pursuing a masters degree in International Public Diplomacy at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication with a focus on cultural diplomacy in Southeast Asia. Erin wishes to thank her two ex-husbands, former lawyer and therapist, divorced parents, aunts, uncles and friends, Hollywood, The United States and most importantly her boyfriend Rick- who she plans to never divorce- for inspiring her to write this show.
RICK SPARKS (Director and Musical Staging) Rick has won multiple Los Angeles theatre awards for his work as a director, writer, producer, actor, sound designer and choreographer. After years of working as a Broadway performer his directorial/producing debut was the L.A. premiere and cult hit, Charles Busch’s Psycho Beach Party. Only a few years later, Rick’s adaptation and staging of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? was the undisputed hit of its season, galloping away with 17 award wins. The following year he enjoyed similar success with the rock-and-roll epic A Clockwork Orange, garnering Rick’s second LA Drama Critics Circle Award for direction. After a long run, Down South moved to New York and Rick’s work was hailed for this Off-Broadway subversive comedy hit. Other shows include The Nothing Boys (produced by TV’s “Entourage” producer Rob Weiss), the Laguna Playhouse’s West Coast premiere of Don’t Talk to the Actors, The Colony Theater’s dark production of Clutter, and John Patrick Shanley’s equally dark Where’s My Money? But it’s Sparks’ attraction to comedy that inspired him to direct and co-write/produce Highballs Ahoy! (a parody of cruise ship disaster films), A Charlie Brown Commercial Christmas, and last year’s cult hit Dead Bride Running, the saga of real-life bug-eyed ‘Runaway Bride,’ Jennifer Willbanks. Rick is thrilled to be associated with Erin Kamler’s beautiful, scorching and funny new work: Divorce! The Musical.
DAVID O (Musical Director and Arrangements) is a composer, performer, and musical director whose work has been featured at Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Mark Taper Forum, and the Hollywood Bowl, as well as other venues in Southern California and around the world. His concert compositions include the critically-acclaimed “A Map of Los Angeles” (commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale), “Elements,” and “Dadme.” His original musicals for families include The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, The Legend of Alex, (Center Theatre Group’s P.L.A.Y. program), Atalanta (based on the story from “Free to Be You and Me”), and most recently, Imagine (South Coast Rep). Other compositions for the theatre include the a capella score for Hippolytos (Getty Villa) , and his Ovation Award-winning score for Ubu Roi (A Noise Within). His credits as Musical Director include the world premieres of Toy Story: The Musical (Disney Cruise Line) and Jason Robert Brown’s 13 (Mark Taper Forum), and the West Coast premieres of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party and Little Fish. (The Blank Theater) Many Los Angeles children and their parents know David as “The Professor” for his six years of performances in Summersounds at the Hollywood Bowl (produced by the LA Philharmonic).
DANNY CISTONE (Set Designer) directed and co-created the theatrical stage play, Groovaloo, based on the lives of the award-winning dance group “The Groovaloos.” He directed and designed the one-man performance art piece Music, Cocaine & Philosophy at Greenway Court. Set designs include: What the Rabbi Saw, The Knights of Mary Phagan (NAACP Award Nomination), Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Love, Sex and the I.R.S., Boys Next Door, Lenny is Back(and boy is he pissed), A New War, Night Stories, Eyes For Consuela, BENT, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2008 Ovation Award Nomination), Lovers and Other Strangers, the world premiere of West of Brooklyn which he also directed for the stage and screen and the upcoming 13 By Shanley Festival. Other designs include An Evening With The Groovaloos , Dealer’s Choice, A Few Good Men (LA Premiere), Miss Margerita’s Way, Talk Radio, Hatful of Rain, Behind the Earth, Suicide in Bb, A Noble Exile, Chase Lounge, GROOVALOO, Search & Destroy, Speed of Darkness, Stories of Night Told Over, Twentieth Century, ‘Nami, The Lost Plays of Tennessee Williams (For the Actor’s Studio), On An Average Day (2008 Ovation Award Nomination), Office Sonata, Eagle Hills, Eagle Ridge, Eagle Landing and the short films “Chew and Screw” and “Difficult to Stay Alive And Die.”
DENITSA BLIZNAKOVA (Costume Designer) is happy to be working on Divorce! The Musical. She has designed costumes for productions at The Old Globe, A Noise Within, Falcon Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, amongst others. Most recently she designed The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Old Globe. Notable shows at the Falcon Theatre have include Happy Days, featuring Joey McIntyre, Wrong Turn at Lungfish featuring Hector Elizondo, and Johnny Boy. The production of Diva at the Williamstown Theatre Festival featured Bebe Neuwirth, Eric Bogosian, Kurtwood Smith, and John Michael Higgins. Notable directors that Denitsa has worked with include: Garry Marshall, Gordon Edelstein, and Michael Greif. Design credits for other media include the music videos Stars by Switchfoot, Bubble Bounce by Bigg Steele, the short films “Midgetman,” “Sleep in Heavenly Peace,” and “La Cerca,” and the feature films “Johnny Got His Gun” featuring Benjamin McKenzie, and “Undercover Kids.” Denitsa is currently a Professor at San Diego State University where she leads the M.F.A. Costume Design Program.
JEREMY PIVNICK (Lighting Designer) Off Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Theatre); Other NY: Corpus Christi (Rattlestick Theatre), Moscow (Connelly Theatre); Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Laguna Playhouse), Tranced (Laguna Playhouse), Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing (South Coast Rep), Doubt (Pasadena Playhouse); International: Corpus Christi (Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin); Los Angeles credits include over 150 productions with companies like the Colony Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Rubicon Theatre Company, Falcon Theatre, International City Theatre, Echo Theatre Company, Playwright’s Arena, Robey Theatre Company, and many others. Awards include: 2 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award (16 nominations), 4 Backstage West Garland Awards and the LA Drama Critics Circle Angstrom Award for Career Achievement.
CRICKET S. MYERS (Sound Designer) Off-Broadway: Marvelous Wonderettes (Westside Arts Upstairs). LORT: School of Night, Nightingale (Mark Taper Forum); The Little Dog Laughed, Two Unrelated Plays, Come Back Little Sheba (Kirk Douglas Theater); Some Girl(s) and Emergency (Geffen Playhouse); Orson’s Shadow (Pasadena Playhouse); Marvelous Wonderettes (Laguna Playhouse) Cricket has designed over 200 productions in Los Angeles, in theaters such as the Colony Theater, Furious Theater, Celebration Theater, and West Coast Ensemble. In 2008, she was nominated for four Ovation Awards, and in 2007, Cricket won a Garland Award (three Honorable Mentions) and was nominated for two Ovation Awards, an LADCC and an NAACP Award. She named a “Young Designer to Watch” by Live Design Magazine, April’07 and an “Artist to Watch” by LA Stage Magazine, Sept 07. www.cricketsmyers.com
PAUL DOBLE (Production Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be involved with Divorce! the Musical. This is only his eighth production in the United States having just arrived from the Philippines in April, 2008. He is a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and is an alumnus of Blue Repertory and has performed for Repertory Philippines. His most recent projects include Ragtime the Musical and West Side Story, both critically acclaimed productions from the Musical Theatre of Los Angeles. As a stage manager, actor, assistant director, set designer, production manager and technical director, his credits also include Bye Bye Birdie, The Wiz, Disney's Aladdin Jr., The Last Five Years, Sweet Charity, Merrily We Roll Along, and Bat Boy. He dedicates all his hard work to the friends and family he left behind, whose love and support continue to inspire him..
MICHAEL DONOVAN CASTING (Casting Director) is the 2005, 2006 and 2007 recipient of the Casting Society of America’s Artios award for Outstanding Casting. Michael has cast over 160 plays, 45 films, 9 television series and over 1,200 commercials. In addition to being the resident casting director for both the Pasadena Playhouse and the International City Theatre in Long Beach, California, Michael has also cast shows produced at the Hollywood Bowl, Arkansas Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Ensemble Theatre of Santa Barbara, Laguna Playhouse, the Falcon Theatre and the Colony Theatre. Some of his credits include South Pacific (at the Hollywood Bowl) starring Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Fences (at Pasadena Playhouse) starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, Amadeus (at the Hollywood Bowl) starring Neil Patrick Harris and Michael York, and Twelfth Night (at Shakespeare Festival/LA) starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Perry, Peter Gallagher, Ray Romano, and Christina Applegate. Michael’s TV credits include the Emmy-nominated The Flight that Fought Back, and his film credits include numerous independent film festival winners.
RICK CULBERTSON (Producer) has been on many sides of the stage. As a Producer he is also in development with Runway 69, a musical about a strip club during the mid 90’s clean up of Times Square, The Jews of Calabasas, a musical exploring the lives of Jewish woman in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and an untitled dance musical focusing on the Southeast Asian sex trade. On the stage he has performed in New York City, Los Angeles, and multiple national tours, as well as television and film. In Los Angeles he was a member of the 2006 GLAAD award nominated cast of Porcelain, nominated for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater. On the front side of the stage he spent a year of his youth as a member of the Front of House team for the Broadway musical Ragtime, and served for two years as the Box Office Manager for Merkin Concert hall in New York City where he won one of two grants offered by the International Ticketing Association. He also worked for a year as a staff and company member of the award winning Chance Theater Repertory Company in Anaheim. Behind the stage he has stage-managed multiple productions in New York and Los Angeles, as well as his native Oregon, and designed and built sets for far too many productions to remember. Rick is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.
LYNN MARKS (Associate Producer) left Chicago in 1997 to pursue a career path in Los Angeles working in the field of fine art as an art consultant, dealing with 19th and 20th Century European fine art including works by Picasso, Matisse, Lautrec, Chagall, Rembrandt, Miro, Renoir and 19th Century Barbizon paintings at a gallery on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to Divorce! The Musical, she is also an associate producer of two new musicals Runway 69, and The Jews of Calabasas. Lynn is a member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum and The Beverly Hills Women’s Club where she campaigned for donations and food for “Kids 4 Peace”, a foster home in Compton CA. Her favorite charities include The Children’s Burn Foundation, The Neil Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, California Wildlife Center, Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House and FIDF. When she is not networking you will find Lynn golfing, skiing, exercising, dancing, reading and hiking.
PARADOX ENTERTAINMENT (Associate Producer) Formed in early 2008, Paradox Entertainment is on the cutting edge of modern production currently having projects at various stages of development in independent film, large studio pictures, and now musicals. Our primary focus is to associate with individuals and groups who have deep personal ties to a project and want to create something that both moves and entertains audiences. This is why we are very excited to be involved in Divorce! as our first foray into musical theater. The collaborative efforts by so many creative people is refreshing and the opportunity to be an integral member of this team has been very rewarding.
PATTY ONAGAN (Press Representative) currently represents Pasadena Playhouse, Valley Musical Theatre at the El Portal Main Stage, The Syzygy Theatre Group, The Actorhood, Camelot Artists Productions, and others. Past Los Angeles credits include: Canon Theatricals; Geffen Playhouse; Elephant Theatre Company; Songs My Mother Taught Me (Lorna Luft); Pussycat Dolls (Carmen Electra); Maybe Baby, It’s You (Tori Spelling); Waiting for Godot (Mark Ruffalo); Talking Heads (Annette Bening); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (produced by David Bowie); Six Dance Lessons… (Uta Hagen and David Hyde Pierce); bash (Calista Flockhart and Paul Rudd); Bill Graham Presents (Ron Silver); The Only Game in Town (Wayne Brady); Love & Other Social Issues (Malcolm-Jamal Warner); City Kid; bare; Jesus’ Kid Brother; Groovaloo; Corpus Christi (Chad Allen); among others. On Broadway she launched: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aida, A Christmas Carol at Madison Square Garden and various productions at Circle In The Square starring George C. Scott, Al Pacino, Nathan Lane, among others. Patty has been a guest speaker on theater at CalArts and Emerson University.
TY DONALDSON/ BUDDHA-COWBOY PRODUCTIONS (Graphic Design) Mr. Donaldson has been doing Graphic Design for theatre and Independent Film, as well as producing films with his company Buddha-Cowboy Productions. Buddha-Cowboy has worked on The Los Angeles Production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, as well as designing and maintaining their website, www.marvelouswonderettes.com. He is the in-house designer for West Coast Ensemble, www.westcoastensemble.org, which he designed and he designed their campaigns for Miss Witherspoon, Assassins, Sparkling Planet, Zanna Don't!, The Sweetest Swing, Floyd Collins, Catch 22, The Grapes of Wrath, Sunday in The Park With George, Line and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as their season Brochures. For Havok Theatre Company he designed Thrill Me, Dogs Sees God and Kiss of The Spider Woman, The Musical. Other Campaigns he designed include Jewtopia, Great Expectations, The Musical; The Los Angeles Premiere of BUG for Lost Angels Theatre Company; Blood Brothers, Desperate Writers, The Twentieth Century; Hedwig, Pulp and Naked Will for The Celebration Theatre; Haywire, Deceit; Equinox, When It Comes to Women and A Splintered Soul for Judy Arnold Productions; Questa; Little Egypt and Honour for The Matrix Theater Company; The Nerd, Climbing Everest and The Grand Tour for The Colony Theatre; The Smartest Man in The World, American Klezmer, Lessons, Leipzig and Zero Hour for West Coast Jewish Theatre; and No Man's Land and Moonlight for The Lost Studio, to name but a few... You can check out his website at www.buddhacowboy.com.
CHANDLER WARREN (Production Attorney) is the production attorney and a co-producer of BARK! He has served as production attorney for several hundred stage productions in New York, California and internationally. As a producer, he produced My Daughter, Your Son on Broadway, as well as four Off-Broadway productions. For ten years he was the lessee/manager of the Orpheum Theatre in New York. He has also been associate producer of a nighttime CBS drama and executive producer of two independent features. As a writer, he has written book and lyrics for three full-length musicals which have received workshops in both Los Angeles and New York. He has also written book and lyrics for six children's musicals. He is a member of ASCAP and the Writers Guild.