Production Team

Erin Kamler

Book / Music / Lyrics

Erin Kamler is an American writer, composer, musician and academic researcher who works at the intersection of feminist social justice and the arts. Recent 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, New Dramatists, and her music can be heard in numerous albums and films. A prolific author and international researcher, Erin holds a Ph.D. 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.

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Seema Sueko


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.

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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.

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Gregory Franklin


Gregory Franklin is an Emmy, Webby, Tony and Drama Desk Nominated Producer and Principal Managing Partner of Franklin Theatrical Group including over 20 theatrical, film, television and new media productions. Mr. Franklin is a Stage Scene LA and Ticket Holder Award-winning Actor and Ovation, Garland, and Dramalogue Nominated Actor. He has served Actors Equity on the 99 Seat Committee and as deputy on projects working under 99 Seat, LOA, SPT, HAT, SET and additionally has worked under TYA, CLO and CAT contracts as well as SAG-AFTRA and AGMA. Mr. Franklin is the recipient of the 2011 American Planning Association Award for Citizen Planner in Los Angeles County for his historic preservation work through Preserve Burbank with the City of Burbank, CA. He serves on the board of as Governance Committee Chairperson.

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