Kimberly Patterson (Book, Lyrics)
Kimberly Patterson is a playwright and occasional director, producer, and stagehand. She began her theatrical career in high school by writing for her fellow students. Her drama class produced her plays at the Bucks County Playhouse Secondary School Drama Festival, and, in 1993, she won an award for “Best Original Script” (which she framed). She then headed to NYU, majored in Dramatic Literature, and began working in Off-Broadway theaters. Memorable experiences include delivering a package to Wendy Wasserstein, making coffee for Wallace Shawn, and running sound for the Verizon “Can you hear me now?” guy.
When not performing odd jobs for theater luminaries, she was finishing her Masters degree at NYU’s Gallatin School. Her program in Individualized Study focused on performance studies, dramatic writing, and technical theater, and her coursework involved photography, puppetry, and “ritual-as-performance.” Her thesis addressed questions of text, context and form in adaptations, and was accompanied by The Goat Song, a one-act play loosely adapted from Eurpides’ Medea.
As a playwright, her plays have appeared in the New York International Fringe Festival, the Orlando Fringe Festival, and the New York Musical Theater Festival; her musical, Oedipus for Kids!, is published by Samuel French and has been produced around the U.S. and in Canada. Kimberly is also is a participating 1MPF playwright.
In addition to writing plays, Kimberly has also written theater reviews (previously for OffOffOnline in New York City and CurtainUp in Chicago), the occasional blog post, and website content for Florida Stage. Recent random tasks include preparing photocopies for Israel Horovitz, hosting a luncheon for John Guare, and chauffeuring celebrated actress Frances Sternhagen all around Palm Beach.
Kimberly lives in South Florida where she teaches high school theater, writes, and plays Japanese taiko drums. Kimberly is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Hollins University, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
David Weinstein (Music, Lyrics)
David Weinstein has served as a composer, orchestrator, arranger, director, music director, recording producer and everything and anything musical theatre. He produces adapts and supervises recordings for Broadway Junior, TYA and School Edition series for Music Theatre International, Disney Theatrical Productions, Tams Witmark, Stage Works Media, Playscripts and iTheatrics. He focuses on creative development in musical theatre for stage adaptations, licensing and original work.
He has also written The Joys of Sex, It’s a Hit!, The Adventures of Flat Stanley, incidental music for James and the Giant Peach (Music and Lyrics by Tony-nominated Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), numerous independent films and video projects and is currently writing, adapting, and developing many new shows. David has toured with Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, 100 Years of Broadway and music directed and conducted many regional productions, cast albums and educational recordings. In New York, he conducted Les Miserables on Broadway and has played in various pit orchestras.
David divides his time between Nashville and Florida and collects various string and percussion instruments from around the globe only so he can learn them all (and tell a great story). He is quite proud of his 100+ instruments from over 20 countries.
David hopes his commitment to young people in the arts is an ongoing endeavor throughout his life.