Production Team

Erin Kamler

Book / Music / Lyrics

Dr. Erin Kamler is an award-winning American writer, composer, musician and academic researcher who works at the intersection of feminist social justice and the arts. Over the past eleven years, Erin has worked as a researcher and gender equality and social inclusion consultant with international development agencies and NGOs including the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, USAID, the International Finance Corporation, Human Rights Watch and Mercy Corps; and with numerous civil society organizations in Burma, Thailand, and throughout Southeast Asia. Her book, Rewriting the Victim: Dramatization as Research in Thailand’s Anti-trafficking Movement was recently published by Oxford University Press for their series on gender and international relations, and she has delivered lectures about her research at universities around the world. Recent musical 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 Playwriting 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 workshopped at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, and New Dramatists, and her music can be heard in numerous albums and films. Erin holds a Ph.D. in Communication, an MA 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. Erin divides her time between Southeast Asia and the United States, where she works as Assistant Professor of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI and Affiliated Researcher at Chiang Mai University.

For more information about Erin’s work visit www.erinkamler.net.

Seema Sueko

Director

Seema Sueko directs stage and film projects for theaters and think tanks. She recently directed the film Veterans Day 2020 for the Atlantic Council in association with Arena Stage, where she served as Deputy Artistic Director, directed new works and revivals and created the Theater Artists Marketplace, the Artistic Director Intensive, and the Power Play Summit. Research & development projects include the Green Theatre Choices Toolkit and consensus organizing using theater to improve empathy, compassion and well-being. She served as Associate Artistic Director of Pasadena Playhouse and Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director of Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. Recognitions include: SDCF Zelda Fichandler Finalist, Jeff Awards, NAACP Lorraine Hansberry Award, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Artistic and Cultural Achievement Award, Asian Pacific American Friends of the Theater Artist of the Year, Craig Noel Awards, and the California State Assembly Shirley N. Weber Award. Seema holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and serves on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

For more information about Seema’s work visit www.seemasueko.com.com

David O

Music Supervisor

David O is a music-theatre artist specializing in contemporary music for the stage and concert hall. Compositions include the Ovation Award-winning score for Ubu Roi (A Noise Within), The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip (Kirk Douglas Theatre, inaugural season), and the choral compositions “A Map of Los Angeles” (LA Master Chorale) and “One With the Wind” (Vox Femina). Musical Direction: Soft Power (World Premiere, Ahmanson Theater), 13 (World Premiere, Mark Taper Forum), The Wild Party, See What I Wanna See (The Blank Theatre), Floyd Collins, American Idiot, Cabaret (La Mirada Theater), The Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse). David was the MD & Arranger for the world premiere production of Erin Kamler’s Divorce: the Musical, and is thrilled to be collaborating with his friend & colleague again on Land of Smiles.

For more information about David’s work visit www.davidomusic.com

Gregory Franklin

Los Angeles, CA – Producer

Gregory Franklin is an Emmy, Webby, Tony and Drama Desk Nominated Producer and Principal Managing Partner of Franklin Theatrical Group including investments in over 20 theatrical, film, television and new media productions. He is producer and executive producer on the dramatic thriller series, The Accidental Wolf, starring Kelli O’Hara now on Topic, First Look Media’s new streaming platform. Broadway producing credits include; the revival of Side Show directed by Bill Condon, The Velocity of Autumn starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, The Visit starring Chita Rivera and Robert Rees, The Great Society starring Brian Cox and Waitress starring Jessie Mueller. His nonprofit work with Waterwell centers around the ethos of artist-as-citizen as the foundation for theatrical storytelling to create a more just and humane society through theatre arts training & performance and inspired filmmaking & live events supporting the immigration and veteran communities. He serves on the board of Waterwell.org as Governance Committee Chairperson. www.franklintheatrical.com