Meet The Production Team

Erin Kamler Book / Music / Lyrics

Erin Kamler
Book / Music / Lyrics

Erin Kamler is an American writer, composer, musician and academic researcher who works at the intersection of feminist social justice and the arts. Recent projects include “Divorce! The Musical,” which won the 2009 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Book, Music and Lyrics and 2010 Backstage Garland Award for Best Play- writing and Musical Score and “Runway Sixty-Nine,” which won New Dramatists’ 2008 Frederick Loewe Award. A three-time winner of Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwright’s Festival, Erin’s plays have been staged at The Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons and her music can be heard in numerous albums and films. Erin holds a Ph.D. in Communication and an MA in International Public Diplomacy from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and a BA in Music Composition from Sarah Lawrence College. For more information about Erin’s work visit www.erinkamler.net.

Rick Culbertson Producer

Rick Culbertson
Producer / Director

Rick Culbertson has been on many sides of the stage. He produced Divorce! The Musical which was nominated for a Los Angeles Ovation Award and LA Weekly award for Best Musical. Currently he is also producer and general manager of Vox Lumiere opening in Los Angeles in September. He served as General Manager for Meet Me @Metro (a traveling play taking place in LA’s Metro train system) and Modrock, a new musical at the El Portal Main Stage. 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 GLADD award nominated cast of Porcelain, nominated for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

Gregory Franklin Producer

Gregory Franklin
Producer

Gregory Franklin is the Chief Managing Member of Franklin Theatrical Investors including Godspell Broadway Revival, MacBeth starring Alan Cumming, Matilda The Musical, The Bridges of Madison County The Musical, The Velocity of Autumn and Vox Lumiere. Mr. Franklin is producing partners with Rick Culbertson on a number of Erin Kamler projects including Divorce! The Musical, Runway 69, The Doctor’s Wife and Land of Smiles. He has served Actors Equity on the 99 Seat Committee and as deputy on projects working under 99 Seat, LOA, SPT, HAT, SET and additionally has worked under a number of TYA, CLO and CAT contacts. Mr. Franklin is the recipient of the 2011 American Planning Association Award for Citizen Planner in Los Angeles County for his ongoing historic preservation work through Preserve Burbank with the City of Burbank, CA.

Kimiko Warner-Broder

Kimiko Warner-Broder
Co-Director,
Choreographer

Kimiko has been involved in theatre education as a Teaching Artist (TA) and a creator of programs for 23 years for major theatres in Los Angeles. She’s also a part of the TeAda, an artists’ ensemble that creates new works that speak to the needs of under-represented communities, especially those of people of color. She is currently working as a Liberation Artist for The Music Center’s Arts Partnership and Los Angeles Unified School District, Arts Instructor for UCPlay (an entity of United Cerebral Palsy), and Artistic Advisor for community organizations, such as Changing Ways, a non-profit for ex-lifers who use Liberation Arts and Aesthetics of the Oppressed (TO) techniques to tell their stories to troubled youth and members of their community. She was honored and delighted to work for the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (ASCJ) as an Arts Educator, Choreographer, and Associate Producer for Land of Smiles in Chiang Mai, Thailand and is excited to take the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2014.

Ellen Monocroussos Lighting Designer

Ellen Monocroussos
Lighting Designer

Ellen has designed the lighting for over four hundred shows nationwide. Among the plays, dances and operas she has designed in the Los Angeles area are: “The Whipping Man” with West Coast Jewish Theatre, “The Invisible Play” with Theatre of Note, “The Exonerated” with The Actors’ Gang, “Light Up the Sky” with Open Fist Theatre Company, “Holy Days” with Theatre 40, “Grendel” with Circle X, “Hotel C’est L’Amour” with Blank Theatre Company, “Mother Courage and Her Children” with Antaeus Company and “Wicked Lit” with Unbound Productions. She also was the Assistant Lighting Designer on “House of Blue Leaves” and “Like Jazz” at the Mark Taper Forum, “Barbara Cook in Mostly Sondheim” at the Ahmanson Theatre and on the Tokyo DisneySea theme park for Walt Disney Imagineering. She has won an LA Weekly Award and a Stage Scene LA Award and has been nominated for an Ovation Award, NAACP Award, and a Lester Horton Dance Award.

Tanya Apuya Costume Designer

Tanya Apuya
Costume Designer

Tanya Apuya is honored and thrilled to be working with the cast and crew of Land of Smiles. A Southern California native, Tanya received her degree in Costume Design from the University of Redlands. She is currently the resident Costume Designer at Crown City Theatre Company and has designed countless productions including The Foreigner, Company, Dangerous Corners, I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change. She has worked on many other plays, musicals and operas in the area including Life Could be a Dream at The Hudson and Laguna Beach Playhouse, USC’s Thorton School of Music Don Giovanni and Das Liesverbolt, and I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Greenway Court Theatre. She builds various pieces at The Costume House for various film, TV and theatre projects including Lifetime’s Bonnie and Clyde and the Academy Award-winning film, The Artist. Tanya would also like to thank her caring and supportive family, friends and loving boyfriend, who often lets her use them to play dress up.

Jamie Hannah Drutman

Jamie Hannah Drutman
Stage Manager

Jamie Hannah Drutman is a theatre and live events director/producer currently living in Los Angeles. She received her degree in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University with a minor in Stage Management. After graduating, she went on to work with such companies as The Public Theatre, Elevator Repair Service, and American Conservatory Theatre. Although her passion lies in the unusual world of the avant-garde, Jamie has directed and stage managed everything from one-woman shows to opera. Lately, you can catch her bringing the unorthodox to L.A. with her experimental theatre company, Hobbyhorse. She is also a local music manager. jamiehannah.com.

David O

David O
Musical Arranger

David O is a music-theatre artist whose work, though based in Los Angeles, has reached across the U.S. and around the world. Musical Direction credits include the world premiere productions of Jason Robert Brown’s 13 (Mark Taper Form), Toy Story: the Musical (Disney Creative Entertainment), and Erin Kamler’s Divorce: the Musical. His compositions include “A Map of Los Angeles,” (LA Master Chorale/Disney Hall), and the score for the documentary “Bronies: the Completely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony”. He was the recipient of the 2013 LA Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre.

Eli Villanueva Orchestrator

Eli Villanueva
Musical Arranger

Eli Villanueva has earned outstanding credentials as a performer, and has become a respected name as a stage director and published composer. His compositions are praised for their appeal to audiences and performers alike. He is regularly commissioned by LA Opera to arrange and compose One–Act operas and has premiered THE FESTIVAL PLAY OF DANIEL for LA Opera’s Off Grand Productions, an adaptation of the 13th century liturgical play, Play of Daniel, at the downtown Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. In addition, music ranging from solo to choral works can be found through publishing companies, Fred Bock Music, Laurendale Associates and Cherry Lane Music.

Marjorie Poe Keyboards

Marjorie Poe
Keyboards

Marjorie Poe, a Los Angeles native, has had an active life as an award-winning music theatre director/composer/arranger and has worked in the orchestra pit of nearly a hundred theatres in the US and Canada with various Broadway touring companies, notably CATS, Sunset Boulevard, Wizard of Oz and Unsinkable Molly Brown. She also wrote arrangements and toured as a keyboardist for Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. She composed the score for the West Coast premiere of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby as well as her original musical, Pecos Bill and Billie. Trained initially as a pianist, she has been a private music teacher and accompanist as well as a college music professor and high school choir and church choir director in Los Angeles and New York State. She is also a proud member of the women’s choral ensemble, Vox Femina Los Angeles, whose mission is to give voice to women’s issues.

Adrienne Geffen Woodwinds

Adrienne Geffen
Woodwinds

Adrienne Geffen, woodwinds, is a freelance musician in the Los Angeles area and performs regularly with a wide variety of orchestras, musical theater companies and chamber music ensembles. She is currently coordinator of the Frederick Fennell Wind Studies Program at the Orange County School of the Arts, where she also conducts the student Pit Orchestra. Before working in Los Angeles, Ms. Geffen cruised for two years with Royal Caribbean International, playing in the theatre orchestras on six different ships, and was a member of the national tour of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. She earned a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from Northwestern University, and a Master of Music in multiple woodwinds performance from California State University, Fullerton.

Margaret Irwin-Brandon Keyboards II

Margaret Irwin-Brandon
Keyboards II

Margaret Irwin-Brandon specializes in early keyboard instruments, while being proficient on all keyboards. In 1989 she founded and directed Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra for its first 15 seasons, following upon 21 years in academic teaching. Theatrical collaborations with Director Fred Sokol in Western Massachusetts and with ACT in Portland Oregon gave her a taste for music in theater which she followed with Artistic and Musical Direction of Baroque Opera with Arcadia Players in Massachusetts. She also conducted the premier performance, live, musical score to Karl Theodore Dreyer’s classic film, “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc”.

Raul Clayton Staggs Casting Director

Raul Clayton Staggs
Casting Director

Raul Clayton Staggs is a freelance casting director for theater who has worked on projects for The Geffen Playhouse, Latino Theatre Company/LATC, The Getty Villa, Playwrights’ Arena, The Fountain Theatre, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Greenway Court, Circle X Theatre, Furious Theatre Company, Bootleg Theatre, Theatre Movement Bazaar, The Gay & Lesbian Center, Theatre Planners, and many others. Raul has also cast several award winning short films and the independent features, LONGHORNS (TLA Releasing) and BETTER HALF (currently in post-production.)

Tyler Milliron Web Designer

Tyler Milliron
Graphic Designer

Tyler Milliron is a New York based artist, actor, composer, designer and film maker. His paintings can be found in all corners of the United States, and have been purchased by everyone from Disney excutives to starving students – extremes in which he takes equal pride. Tyler recently completed his first musical, ‘Children of Gaia’, demos of which can be found at www.millironstudios.com. As an actor: Tour: ‘I Love Lucy Live: First National’ (Gerald, cover Man #1,#3), World Premiere: ‘Falling For Make Believe’ at the Colony Theatre (Fletcher Mecklen), ‘Pazzazz!’ (Lew Fields). Other favorites include: Tony in ‘Master Class’, Barnum in ‘Barnum’, Anthony in ‘Sweeney Todd’. www.tylermilliron.com

2dragons

Chev
Web Design

Chev at 2dragons web design has been swearing at computer screens for nearly 20 years, a gypsy at heart, she took her business on the road and now has clients all over the globe. Currently living in Canada, she shares her home with 2 ADD Labradoodles. Chev spends her spare time pretending to be a photographer, harassing the poor clerks at the local computer store, arranging play dates for her manic puppies and gaming with her guild of social misfits.

John Wall, CPA Production Accountant

John Wall, CPA
Production Accountant

John Wall, CPA is a managing member of and accountant for Franklin Theatrical Investors, which has invested in the Broadway productions of Matilda the Musical, MacBeth, The Bridges of Madison County, The Velocity of Autumn, and Land of Smiles. John is also responsible for the accounting and tax filing requirements of Franklin Theatrical Investors.

John Wall has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in public practice for 25 years. Since 2009, he has managed John J. Wall, CPA located in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. Prior to starting John J. Wall, CPA, John was a partner in Martin & Wall, PC in Washington, DC for 12 years.

Although his firm is based in the Washington, DC area, John’s firm serves clients across the country and some that are living overseas. Two geographic areas, other than the Washington, DC area, where John has a significant number of clients are the Chicago area and Southern California.

John’s firm serves individuals, small businesses, nonprofits, homeowners’ associations, and other entities. Many of the individuals that John works with have complex tax issues such as real estate investment property, multi-state tax filings, and ownership in one or more businesses.

Kate Stayman-London Crowd Funding Consultant

Kate Stayman-London
Crowd Funding Consultant

Kate Stayman-London is a writer and consultant based in Los Angeles. She has worked extensively in politics and written for some of the most recognized activists in the world, such as the parents of Trayvon Martin. Kate has given her “Storytelling for Organizing” training all over America. As a screenwriter, Kate has written for actors including the cast of The West Wing, Cher, and many more. She holds an MFA in Writing for Film & Television from USC, and she has been profiled by numerous publications including New York Magazine. You can learn more about Kate and her work at katestaymanlondon.com.

Jeff FasanoProduction Photographer

Jeff Fasano
Production Photographer

“Find your passion and your truth that lies within and connect with it.”

Jeff Fasano is a well respected photogrpaher in the Indie music scene and Broadway Theater. Jeff has built a formidable career and has had the great fortune to meet, photograph and build relationships with a wide range of musicians and notable artists from around the world. Jeff has created images with The Avett Brothers, Terrence Howard, Wilco, James Earl Jones, Conor Oberst, Phylicia Rashad, Blair Underwood, Quincy Jones, Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee, Stephen Stills, Judy Collins, Raphael Saadiq, Taraji P. Henson and Leighton Meester. His work has been featured in Vogue Magazine, Time Magazine, Paste Magazine, Gotham Magazine, L.A. Confidential, The New York Times, The N.Y. Daily News, The Village Voice, M Music and Musicians Magazine and Essence Magazine. His portraits grace posters for major Broadway Productions including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Street Car Named Desire. He has also photographed for record labels such as RCA, Koch, Roadrunner Records, Wildflower, New West, Republic and Decca Records. The essence of the person is what Jeff capture’s and through his images that essence is revealed to the world. Beneath the surface lies the beauty and elegance of the soul and the heart. It is real and authentic and that is what comes through in Jeff’s work.
Jeff is also an author and has published his very first book Journey of the Awakened Heart.

He also has published and done a showing in New York City of his images from Burma. He visitied this amazing country on a spiritual journey in 2003.

You can see Jeff’s work at Jeff Fasano Photography www.jefffasano.com And find out more about his book at www.Journeyoftheawakenedheart.net