STEPHEN KING (Original novel): Stephen was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1973, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Working at nights and on weekends, he continued to write short stories, as well as novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co. accepted the novel Carrie for publication; its sale to paperback provided him with the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He subsequently went on to become one of the world’s most successful authors whose works include well over 50 novels, hundreds of short stories, nonfiction and essays, as well as screenplays. Over 100 of his works have been adapted for film, television, theater and opera. He also plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock band whose members include a number of distinguished fellow authors. In 2003, the National Book Foundation awarded him the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.
DEAN PITCHFORD (Lyrics): Born and raised in Hawai’i and graduated from Yale, Dean Pitchford performed off- and on-Broadway (Godspell; Pippin) before turning to songwriting, screenwriting and directing. Dean was nominated for four Academy Awards (winning the 1981 Best Song Oscar for “Fame,” co-written w/ Michael Gore), three Golden Globes (winning for “Fame”), eight Grammys and two Tonys; and his songs - recorded by such artists as Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Cher, Peter Allen, LL Cool J, Kenny Loggins, Hugh Jackman, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler and Martina McBride - have sold over 70 million records.The musical stage adaptation (w/ Walter Bobbie) of his original screenplay for Footloose ran for more than seven hundred performances on Broadway and is now seen all over the world. Dean also provided the lyrics for CARRIE, which was first produced in 1988 by the Royal Shakespeare Company – first in England and then on Broadway - and was then revived in 2012 by New York’s MCC Theater. Dean’s middle-grade novels, The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, are published by Putnam/Penguin; his performances of their audiobook recordings (Listening Library/Random House) were both nominated for Grammys. His third novel, Nickel Bay Nick, was published to acclaim in 2013, and Dean recorded that audiobook for Audible.com. www.deanpitchford.com
MICHAEL GORE (Music): In 1981, Michael won two Academy Awards for the movie Fame; one for Best Original Score, and a second for Best Song with lyricist Dean Pitchford. He was also nominated for "Out Here On My Own" from the same film, which he co-wrote with his sister, Lesley Gore, making three nominations that year. Also for Fame, he won a Golden Globe for the title song, and was nominated for a Grammy. The movie's soundtrack sold in excess of 7 million copies worldwide. In 1983, he was again nominated for a Best Score Oscar for James L. Brooks' Terms of Endearment. His instrumental version of the movie's theme went Top 5 on the Adult Contemporary charts. He composed the original score for John Hughes' Pretty in Pink in 1986, and was a major contributor to the musical underscore for James L. Brooks' Broadcast News in 1987. Other scores include Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life, Anthony Minghella’s Mr. Wonderful, The Butcher’s Wife, and Superstar. As a songwriter, he collaborated with lyricist Pitchford on the song "Never" for Herbert Ross' Footloose. With lyricist Lynn Ahrens, he wrote two original songs for Todd Graff’s Camp. Notable in Michael's songwriting credits is the music for Whitney Houston's multi-platinum seller, "All The Man That I Need", which simultaneously reached #1 on the pop, adult contemporary, and rhythm and blues charts. Artists including Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle and L.L. Cool J. have performed his compositions. Michael served as the Producer for a series of nine recordings for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His The Gershwins in Hollywood won Germany’s prestigious Deutsche Schalplatten Award. His Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CD of The King and I starring Julie Andrews and Ben Kingsley received critical acclaim, was Number One on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Album chart for 17 weeks, and remained in the Top Ten for almost a year. As the album’s producer, he was nominated for a Grammy and won The Billboard Award for top Crossover Recording. In addition to Executive Producing ABC’s acclaimed 3-hour Special Event telefilm of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific starring Glenn Close and Harry Connick, Jr., he produced all the music for the film and its soundtrack recording. As a solo recording artist, he composed and performed “October Moon” for Song Without Words II for Windham Hill. In addition to developing a slate of original film and television projects with partner Lawrence D. Cohen for their production company, White Cap Productions, he is working on a solo piano album of his own film themes and original pop compositions.
LAWRENCE D. COHEN (Book): Lawrence D. Cohen's first feature script was his adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel, Carrie (1976). His screenplay for the classic Brian de Palma film earned him an Edgar Award nomination from the Mystery Writers of America. After beginning his career as a film/theater critic and essayist for a number of leading periodicals, he worked as an assistant to famed Broadway director-choreographer Michael Bennett on the latter’s Tony Award-winning Twigs, as well as the musical Seesaw. While working for film and TV producer David Susskind, he discovered the script of Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and went on to become Production Executive of the 1975 Martin Scorsese film. Continuing his ongoing relationship with Stephen King in 1990, he wrote the 4-hour teleplay of IT which USA Today called “the scariest movie ever made for TV.” It and his subsequent adaptation of King's The Tommyknockers (1993) became two of the network's highest-rated miniseries. In 2007, he was reunited with the Master of Horror with his adaptation of The End of the Whole Mess for TNT’s Nightmares & Dreamscapes anthology series; its script was nominated by The Writers Guild of America for Best Drama. He is also credited as co-writer of the 2013 feature remake of Carrie. Among his current projects as screenwriter plus co-producer with partner Gore, he is developing 90 Days, an original drama with songs, as well as a Hitchcockian romantic thriller set in New York and Buenos Aires. Also in the works is a chronicle charting his singular relationship to Carrie over the years, entitled What Were They Thinking: Carrie — From Book to Movie to Musical…And Back Again.
BRADY SCHWIND (Director): is an award winning writer, director and performer, whose work has been seen in Los Angeles, New York and across the United States. As writer and director, Brady became the youngest person ever awarded New York’s prestigious Bistro Award, for the smash hit Off Broadway revue, THE SEASON: a comical satirizing of Broadway history. The show ran an unprecedented 24 weeks at the Triad Theatre, and was named the “Best Musical of the Year” by Playbill and Theatre Week magazines. Other regional directorial credits include THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Ionesco’s THE BALD SOPRANO, RABBIT HOLE, the world premiere production of Anne Hulegard’s ROSSETTI’S CIRCLE, and the award winning Los Angeles regional premiere of the Tony Award winning musical, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. As Artistic Director for The Neighborhood Playhouse, California, Brady helmed the West Coast premiere of Charles Busch’s new comedy, OUR LEADING LADY, as well as acclaimed revivals of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, AMADEUS and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Garland Award: Best Director of a Play). His direction of the Los Angeles premiere of the Jason Robert Brown / Alfred Uhry musical, PARADE was named the top theatrical event of the year by The Daily Breeze, and StageScene Los Angeles, and prompted Variety, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and Backstage to name him one of the most outstanding new directorial influences to emerge in Southern California. In addition to directing, Brady is the author of five screenplays, and is an in-demand script doctor and creative consultant to notable Hollywood production companies. His first original collection of stage plays, BEAUTIFUL INVENTION was a finalist for the Lila Acheson Julliard Fellowship and the O’Neill Medal, and was published by Playhouse Press. Brady is a member of The Dramatists Guild and SDC: The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
LEE MARTINO (Choreographer): has won Four Los Angeles Ovation Awards, three Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards and is the recipient of the Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement. Her recent credits include WHEN YOU WISH, THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY, AMERICAN MISFITS (Boston Court), OKLAHOMA! (Musical Theatre West), NUTTIN BUT HUTTON (NoHo Arts Center), HELLO MY BABY (Rubicon Theatre Company), LIFE WITHOUT MAKEUP, starring Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), KISS ME KATE (Reprise Theatre Company), FALLING FOR EVE (The York Theatre Company in Manhattan); the NBC special, SHALL WE DANCE ON ICE featuring Broadway dancers and Olympic Ice Dance teams, animated feature film ALPHA AND OMEGA 3D , Warner Bros. animated feature THE KING AND I. Live events and show include work for Harley-Davidson; Universal Studios' New York Rascal Show; Disney's Santa Clause 3 Stage Show at the El Capitan Theatre; Disney International's Latin American Stage Tour A Dream Is A Wish; TUTS, Hobby Performing Arts Center honoring Jerry Herman; the Opening of Ford Field, the Detroit Lions football stadium, starring Gladys Knight; the opening of the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs, the Alzheimer's' Benefits, Actor's Fund Benefits, What a Pair (benefit for the John Wayne Cancer Institute).
BRIAN P. KENNEDY (Musical Director/Conductor): Tours: REANIMATOR THE MUSICAL. New York: THE NEW HOPEVILLE COMICS (45th Street Theatre). Los Angeles: CARRIE THE MUSICAL, HELLO MY BABY!, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, RANDY NEWMAN'S HARPS AND ANGELS and OKLAHOMA!. He is Resident Music Director at Rockwell Table and Stage and toured the world for three years as Music Supervisor for Silversea Cruiselines. www.brianpkennedy.com
STEPHEN GIFFORD (Scenic Designer): At La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts: RABBIT HOLE, GOOD PEOPLE, and BILLY ELLIOT. Stephen resides in Los Angeles where he works with various theatre companies in the area including: The Colony Theatre, A Noise Within, The Theatre at Boston Court, The Road Theatre, International City Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, 3D Theatricals, Ensemble Theatre Company Santa Barbara and many more. He has garnered many awards and nominations for his work including four Ovation Award nominations and was awarded The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design by the Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle. Stephen is grateful to be a part of CARRIE. More info can be found at www.stephengifforddesign.com
ADRIANA LAMBARRI (Costume Designer): is an Orange County based costume designer who, after a successful international career in fashion design, has been working as a costume designer across Southern California for the past 5 years. Credits include the critically acclaimed independent film Absentia, the soon-to-debut film Confessions of a Teenage Disciple, commercials for Hewlett Packard, the Los Angeles premiere of Dennis Lehane’s play CORONADO, Murray Mednick’s premiere of VILLON at The Odyssey Theatre, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s GOOD PEOPLE with La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts. She works seasonally with the costume department at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa. She is also known as a costume illustrator; upcoming work can be seen at the new Shanghai Disneyland Park, set to open in 2016 and at La Jolla Playhouse’s premiere of the new musical UP HERE.
BRIAN GALE (Lighting Designer): Recently: GOD OF CARNAGE at La Mirada, RED at San Diego Repertory, HUGH JACKMAN ONE NIGHT ONLY at the Dolby Theater, Lighting & Projection Design for SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: THE MUSICAL, Lighting for TWELVE ANGRY MEN, INTIMATE APPAREL and THE HEIRESS at Pasadena Playhouse. Lighting and Projection: WAITING FOR GODOT , Lighting for THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE and HARPS AND ANGELS at The Mark Taper Forum. Projection Design for EURYDICE, Lighting Design for DOCTOR'S DILEMMA at A Noise Within. Lighting and Projection for LA Opera’s complete RING CYCLE. Numerous productions for The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory and South Coast Repertory. Twenty-four years with the Walt Disney Company, he continues to consult on Disney Theme Parks, Shows and Special Events worldwide. Mr. Gale is a member of IATSE USA Local 829.
CRICKET MYERS (Sound Designer): On Broadway, Cricket earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO. Off Broadway designs include THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES. She has also designed regionally at La Jolla Playhouse, The Ahmanson, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, and the Geffen Theater. Other selected L.A. designs include NoHo Arts Center, Ghost Road Theater Company, The Celebration Theater, Ford Amphitheater, The Colony Theatre and Circle X. She has earned 16 Ovation Nominations, as well as winning The Kinetic Lighting Award for Sustained Achievements in sound design, an LADCC and a Garland Award. www.cricketsmyers.com
JIM STEINMEYER (Illusion Design): According to the New York Times, Jim Steinmeyer is the celebrated invisible man, designer and creative brain behind many of the great stage magicians of the last quarter century. His illusions have been featured by magicians Doug Henning, Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Ricky Jay and many others. His illusions were featured in the 139th edition of Ringling Brothers and Banum and Bailey Circu, performed by Alex Ramon. Jim has created special illusions for Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End and Las Vegas shows, including BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, INTO THE WOODS, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, MARY POPPINS and the current Broadway hit, ALADDIN. He's also the author of several books on the history of magic, including the bestseller, Hiding the Elephant, The Glorious Deception, and The Last Greatest Magician in the World. Jim lives in Los Angeles with his wife, television producer Frankie Glass.
PAUL RUBIN (Aerial Design): Paul’s career of choreographing flying and aerial sequences spans four decades. Broadway credits include: WICKED, CURTAINS with David Hyde Pierce, THE PIRATE QUEEN, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN, KISS ME KATE, FROZEN, THE GREEN BIRD, DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER. International and Touring Productions include: Tori Amos' THE LIGHT PRINCESS (National Theatre, London), Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID (Holland, Moscow, Tokyo and the U.S.), 9 TO 5, DORA THE EXPLORER, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, SPAMALOT, DISNEY'S TARZAN, MARY POPPINS, and ALADDIN , SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical, and Scooby-Doo Live. Television credits include “The Tony Awards,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “CNN,” A&E’s “Peter Pan,” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Paul created aerial sequences for a new fast-paced athletic multi-disciplinary show titled Evolution currently running in China. Paul lives in New York with his wife Katie and daughter Juliette. www.TheFlyGuy.com Twitter @theflyguy
TERRY HANRAHAN (Properties Designer): 17 years with McCoy-Rigby Entertainment, including CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE, 25 years of props and set dressing for Fullerton Civic Light Opera, including JEKYLL & HYDE, MISS SAIGON, and PHANTOM, and many wonderful experiences with southland theaters: 3D Theatricals, Actor's Co-Op, The Theatre at Boston Court, ICT, REPRISE!, Civic Light Opera of the South Bay and the Main Street Players, to name just a few.
KATIE MCCOY (Wig/Hair Designer): is thrilled to be joining the Carrie team! Recent designs at La Mirada Theatre include BILLY ELLIOT, LES MISERABLES, MISS SAIGON, THE 39 STEPS, and LIFE COULD BE A DREAM. She served as Head of Wigs on the recent tour of ELF THE MUSICAL and on the National Tour of CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN. Katie’s resume as a Stylist includes The Sacramento Music Circus productions of HAIRSPRAY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, STEEL MAGNOLIAS and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. Furthermore, Katie has served as a styling consultant for recitals at McCoy Rigby Conservatory of the Arts and for NBC Sports. Currently residing in Southern California, Katie is passionate about the work she does and works diligently to perfect her craft. Her greatest joy comes in knowing that she has made an impact on the quality of the show through the work she does behind the scenes.
MICHAEL DONOVAN (Casting Director): is a 6-time recipient of the Casting Society of America's Artios Award. Michael casts for film, TV, theatre and commercials. His theatre credits include shows produced at the Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Playhouse, the Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Reprise Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival/LA, the Falcon Theatre, the Colony Theatre, the San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Playhouse, the Intiman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, the Alliance Theatre, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and more. Other recent productions include END OF THE RAINBOW (I.C.T.), THE ODD COUPLE (Laguna Playhouse), THE ASTRONAUT FARMWORKER (La Jolla Playhouse), DONTRELL WHO KISSED THE SEA (Skylight Theatre), Serrano (Matrix Theatre) and the national tour of I LOVE LUCY LIVE. Recent credits include DISCORD (Geffen Playhouse), ROMEO AND JULIET (Arizona Theatre Company), and SCARY MUSICL - THE MUSICAL (NoHo Arts Center). Michael has also cast numerous films including the recent “Saturn Returns” and “So This Is Christmas,” over 1,200 commercials, and his many TV credits include the current series “Blood Relatives.”