Book and Lyrics by Clare Higgins
Music by Steve Winstead
Directed by Michael J. Murnin
Clare Higgins is a freelance writer and editor whose poetry, satire and essays have been published in Bibliophilos, The Antigonish Review, Milkweed and The New York Times. Her first play, Queer Bent for the Tudor Gent, a Shakespearean version of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," was a winner in both the "Short & Sweet" play contest in Sydney, Australia and the New York Theatre Festival, and was performed on stage in both cities. Her musical, TV and poetry parodies have been performed on stage by the musical/comedy troupe Esther’s Follies in Austin, Texas, published on the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe website, and given a staged reading by Wega Arts Theatre in Wisconsin.
Originally a New Yorker, Clare has a B.A. in Modern Foreign Languages from the College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York. She currently resides in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she is also working on a screenplay and a memoir.
Clare is also a digital artist whose online stores, Modern Art Cats and Modern Art Cats on Zazzle, offer an expansive range of creative designs.
Steve is a composer, arranger, musician, and actuary living in Erie, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor of music in composition from Capital University.
Steve spent 13 years as an Army Bandsman, including a deployment to Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division Band in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In addition to his work on Night of the Living Dead, The Musical, Steve has composed numerous pieces for concert band and instrumental ensembles. He owns and runs the Sigma Squared Music publishing company.
Steve is also a credentialed actuary, and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Michael J. Murnin
Michael is from Portland, Oregon, studied at the University of Washington, and was the founding Artistic Director for the Seattle Actor’s Workshop. He has directed Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway in New York City for The Roundabout Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Broadway Arts Theatre for Young Audiences, The Theatre Company, On Wheels Productions, and the Westside Repertory Theatre, where he served as Artistic Director during four seasons. He was awarded the Jean Dalrymple award for best Off-Broadway director for the play, Scrapbooks.
He has directed regionally at the Portland Civic Theatre, San Francisco Repertory, Clear Space Theatre, and Possum Point Players.