Laura Kleinbaum (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based theatre and television writer. Her immersive pop/EDM musical Cleopatra (with collaborator Jeff Daye) premiered Off-Broadway at Chelsea Musical Hall this past fall–cast album coming soon!
Laura’s musical theatre works include #MARS (with composer Willem Oosthuysen), developed at Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab, New York Theatre Barn, and New York Film Academy; A Year in Jackson (with composer Joey Contreras) developed at the University of Nebraska Theatre Department; Allie in Wonderland and Robbie and Julia: A Summercamp Story (both with composer Ben Wexler) both commissioned by Metropolitan Montessori School; and The Untitled Lesbian Time-Traveler Musical (with composer and co-bookwriter Christiana Cole). Laura’s musical podcast Murder-Cult the Musical the Podcast is also in the works. It’s a comedy!
Laura has written scripts and songs for Emmy award winning and nominated shows on Netflix, Nickelodeon, Sprout, and Sesame Workshop/HBO, including Bubble Guppies, Butterbean’s Cafe, Esme & Roy, Colorforms, Rusty Rivets, Zoofari, Sprout House, Totems, and Made by Maddie. Currently, she develops new children’s properties for Silvergate Media, which she can’t describe, but she promises they are cool.
Laura attended Columbia University, where she wrote her first musicals, and earned her MFA from the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and the Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, where she was awarded the Jean Banks Award for Best Musical and the Ellen Schwartz Award for Outstanding Literary Merit in Lyric Writing.
Christiana Cole (they/them) is a New York City-based writer, composer, performer, and teacher. They are member of the the Advanced Songwriting Workhop and Librettists Workshop within the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Writers Workshop. Current projects include Tribe Without a God (book/lyrics/music), an original musical comedy about Neolithic people who decide to find the most powerful god, Republicana (book/lyrics/music), a modern tragedy about a faith healer, a nurse, and a drug addict in a small town in Texas, Puritan, Lesbian, Witch, (book/music, with Laura Kleinbaum on book/lyrics) about a Puritan girl accused of witchcraft who dives through a time vortex and lands in America in the 90’s; and Apocrypha (book/music/lyrics), the amazing true story of the founding of the early Christian church.
Christiana has written a number of musicals for children, including Peanut Butter and Cupcake (based on the best-selling children’s book by Terry Border) and Sparkle Spa (based on the Scholastic series by Jill Santopolo), which were both produced at Interlakes Theatre in New Hampshire. Christiana wrote lyrics, with music by Rogers award-winner Brad Ross (Little by Little) and book by New York Times best-selling author Jill Santopolo (The Light We Lost). Their adaptation of The Frog Prince (written with Kristin Madden and Brennan Johnson) was commissioned and produced by Random Farms Kids Theatre, and has subsequently been licensed and produced across Asia, in Japan, China and Korea.
Christiana is a winner of NPR’s The MOTH Story Slam, and was featured on The MOTH GrandSlam, where they told a story about a weird thing they did when they were 8. Christiana is a featured vocalist on the soundtrack of the Sundance-selected film The Farewell, starring the rapper Awkwafina.
Christiana is a classically-trained opera singer who learned how to belt, and has performed at venues all across New York. The New York Times called Christiana Cole “top-notch.” Christiana has performed at the York Theatre, Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons, 54 Below, Musical Theatre Factory, the Queens Theatre, The Labyrinth Theatre Company, the O’Neill Theatre Center, with the Transport Group, and they cantor four Catholic Masses a week at Divine Mercy Parish in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (plus all the weddings and funerals). They have been a studio singer for world-renown composer Philip Glass. They were recently seen as Big Alison in Fun Home at TheatreSquared (Fayetteville, AR). They can currently be seen as one of Tony-winner Joanna Gleason’s three backup singers in her cabaret show “Out of the Eclipse.”
Christiana has taught voice lessons for over a decade. In addition to their private studio, Christiana has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University and SUNY New Paltz, and on the private voice faculty at the New York Film Academy Musical Theater Conservatory. They are hired by composers and producers as a consultant on vocal lines and general singing questions. They tutor aspiring writers and mentor aspiring voice teachers. They are available for script consultation.
Christiana’s Christmas album “A Cozy Christmas with Christiana Cole” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all major streaming platforms. They have a chihuahua/dachshund mix (aka “chiweenie”) named Millie and a husband named Aaron Phillips. Christiana is a non-binary person, and thanks you for accepting their use of the third person singular.