KAREN CARPENTER – Director
Karen Carpenter is a producer, director, and teacher, best known for directing premieres of new works for the stage; equally at home with comedies, dramas, and musicals. She has created theater and large-scale events to great success, for decades.
Karen directed the smash hit, LOVE LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, by Nora Ephron & Delia Ephron, produced by Daryl Roth, which won the Drama Desk Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience and is now enjoyed worldwide. Her most recent work includes the American premiere of Jonathan Dove’s opera, MANSFIELD PARK; a 50th Anniversary production of William Inge’s WHERE'S DADDY? for the 35th Inge Festival; New York Times critics’ pick HANDLE WITH CARE, premieres of WITNESSED BY THE WORLD at 59E59, Rosemary Loar’s fractured-fairytale rock musical, SPOOLIE GIRL, for the Midtown International Theater Festival (Best of the Fest), Wendy Yondorf’s ADMIT ONE at New Jersey Rep, now Broadway-bound, and Mary Walsh’s DANCING WITH RAGE in Newfoundland, which toured Canada. Regional productions include THE WIZARD OF OZ at Surflight, and THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at Bucks County Playhouse. Her favorite gig to date: directing Michael Keaton in Lauren Yee’s COUNTVILLE for the Festival de Sole, Napa.
Deemed a provocateur and impresario by the press for her Indianapolis Symphony’s Your Concert Your Way stagings: RIOT OF SPRING featuring Roger Rees, and HEAR ART, SEE MUSIC LIVE, with artists André Miripolsky and Michael Arthur. Karen staged TOP OF THE HEAP by Jeffrey Lodin and William Squier, for the New York Musical Festival (Director’s Choice Award), and a new commedia operetta, Mira Spektor’s GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS, for the League of Professional Theater Women’s 30 Plays for 30 Years. Ms. Carpenter was Artistic Director of the William Inge Center for the Arts and Producer of its nationally renowned William Inge Theater Festival, and initiated its new PlayLab in 2015. She served as Associate Artistic Director of the Tony-winning Old Globe Theater for five seasons, producing over 50 plays and musicals. Her L.A. Times critics’ picks there included Jeffrey Hatcher’s SMASH, Abbie Morgan’s SPLENDOUR, Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL, and her production of AS YOU LIKE IT, named Best of the Year by San Diego Magazine.
In 2010, her alma mater, Boston University's School of Theatre Arts, established an annual award, The Karen Carpenter Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts, in her honor. Faculty, Yale Drama School, 1990-1996. kcdirector.com • @kcdirector
PETER GALPERIN – Concept, Music, Lyrics and Book
A New York City resident, Seattle native and grunge rock refugee, Peter studied classical violin and piano with his musician parents, and was active in the burgeoning Northwest rock scene. He has recorded several critically-acclaimed CD's in New York (2010's PERFECT WORLD TODAY and 2013's A DISPOSABLE LIFE) and in Nashville (2014's JUST MIGHT GET IT RIGHT and 2017's recently released THIS BURNING SUN), and has composed music for a variety of dance performances, tv, and independent film soundtracks. He regularly performs as a solo act and with his band in clubs throughout New York City and in the Pacific Northwest. Music Web Express 3000 has described him musically "in the spirit of Paul Simon at his most folk-rockingest", and ventsmagazine.com says "Galperin's music is uplifting, thought provoking... and overly eccentric in a good way."
BULLDOZER: THE BALLAD OF ROBERT MOSES is the result of his overlapping interests in the urban environment, car culture, and contemporary history, and a youth spent obsessed with epic stories (Ben-Hur, Moby Dick, Treasure Island, "The Book of Revelations," etc.). Currently, Peter is developing a play with music that explores the intersection of real estate, love, and cosmetic surgery, and he's writing a new rock musical focused on climate change that he'd rather not talk about just yet. Peter's CD's are available for streaming and downloading at petergalperin.com, and all the usual digital sources.
DANIEL SCOT KADIN – Book co-writer
Daniel is a NYC based writer and producer creating in film, television, theater and radio. Film credits include Executive Producer for COLIN HEARTS Kay, an award winning feature film distributed by Vanguard Cinemas; writer, associate producer and lead actor for the black comedy DEVOURING VENUS (2018), a feature film created and directed by Marty Hardin. Theater favorites include writing and adapting Mikhail Bulgakov's HEART OF A DOG, directing Dipti Mehti's HONOUR for which he was nominated as Best Director and producing Aizzah Fatima's DIRTY PAKI LINGERIE for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Daniel created THE COLOR F, a pop-up theater experience hosted by a gigantic Panda bear that immerses, shocks and amuses audiences throughout the city monthly. Television favorites include Co-Writer for LILLY, a TV Movie starring Joy Behar; Lead Writer and Supervising Producer for DONNA TRUMPLOVA & THE SIBERIAN SEX CIRCUS and crewing on SESAME STREET. Television in development includes Writer and Producer for Willard Morgan's scripted dramedy LES FASHIONABLES (2018) and SH@TTING on TH@INGS (2018), a raucous talk show created with Lucie Pohl. THE ASTHMATIC LOVER is his passion project, a filthy dirty romantic comedy to be shot in Bushwick, Bangkok and Bombay as a feature film. He loves canines indiscriminately, provided they are not too small or too intelligent and would like to thank his mother for providing regular sanity checks and kindly faking the results.
GARY RAY BUGARCIC – Assistant Director, Musical Staging
Gary made his directorial debut in NYC on Theatre Row, working with The Yankee Rep on the plays SERIOUS TROUBLE and DON'T DO ME ANY FAVORS. He’s also directed for The Manhattan Short Theatre Festival & Three Legged Dog Theatre. His play THE HOSTESS was recently published on-line with IndieTheaterNow. In addition, he’s appeared on stage as an actor at The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, La Mama, PS 122, The Kitchen, Naked Angels among others. Most recently he’s been working with writer & performer Mike Amato developing Amato’s play THE EGG PROJECT which had successful runs at Dixon Place and in the NY Fringe Festival. Gary produced and starred with Debbie Harry in the short film I REMEMBER YOU NOW, and has toured nationally with performance artist Karen Finley in her play THE THEORY OF TOTAL BLAME. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and SUNY Empire State College.
AARON GRANT - Aaron Grant Theatrical
Aaron Grant is an independent General Manager and Producer who has been active in the theatre for over a decade. Favorite projects include 2010's WHITE'S LIES at New World Stages (which finished a successful run in Michigan in 2013), 2014's critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of THE ANTHEM, the national tour of ALMOST HEAVEN: SONGS OF JON DENVER, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, GRUMPY OLD MEN: THE MUSICAL, MINIMUM WAGE, STORMY WEATHER: THE LENA HORNE MUSICAL and Elizabeth Swado's RACHEL AND LEAH. Aaron is also the General Manager for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. Projects in development include BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE MUSICAL, BROKEN SNOW and CLEAR BLUE SKY. For more information, please contact AGT at theatrical.ag.