Playwriting: Plays premiered at EST, Playwrights Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, 1812, Wellfleet Harbor, SF Playhouse, published in 6 volumes of Best American Short Plays. Musical theatre: Original concept/additional lyrics for Rent, book for Click Clack Moo. TV: Scripts for Beavis & Butt-head, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Postcards From Buster, Wonder Pets. Big Break: Jen Oxley invites me to team up with her to create Emmy-winning PBS Kids show Peg + Cat and found 100 Chickens Productions! Favorite thing about 100 Chickens: The people. I can’t get over how great everybody is at what they do and how much heart they put into the work.
If Stacey Greenberger looks familiar, that’s either because you frequent the same halal cart or because she used to be on this very page as 100 Chicken’s script coordinator. Yup, she’s back! And now, she’s a writer! (If it’s the halal thing, please disregard this bio and enjoy your pita.) Stacey started out coordinating scripts for 100 Chicken’s PBS Kids series Peg + Cat and soon began writing scripts of her own. Her episode “The Compost Problem” recently won an Environmental Media Award. Stacey went on to join the writers rooms for Welcome to the Wayne and Blaze and the Monster Machines and pen scripts, both animated and live action, for several other Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. shows. She has consulted on the adaptation of an interactive picture book into a television pilot and developed a short form science franchise for Noggin. Recent projects include writing scripts and lyrics for a soon to be announced Disney Junior series, NBC Universal Kids’ Where’s Waldo?, PBS Kids’ Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and the biggest, reddest credit of all, Clifford The Big Red Dog.
Marisa is an NYC-based writer, artist and educator. She grew up in Chicago and holds a BFA in drama from NYU and an MS Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. Her plays and performances have been seen on stages all over NYC, and you can hear her voice in some commercials and on Netflix’s Big Mouth. She has written for Child Care Exchange magazine, Scholastic’s My Big World and Let’s Find Out! classroom magazines, and most recently the reboot of Clifford the Big Red Dog on Amazon and PBS. She taught preschool for 12 years, and some of her first students are in college now! She is a strong believer in the freedom to play for ALL, and using art as a tool for change. For more info visit http://www.marisalark.com/
Melinda Richards LaRose is an Emmy-nominated pen-for-hire, specializing in children’s media. She’s currently lending her quirky sense of humor to Clifford the Big Red Dog and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood among others. Her writing credits include Emmy Award-winning Outstanding Preschool Series Peg + Cat and Tumble Leaf; Disney Junior’s Vampirina and Jake and the Never Land Pirates; Nick Jr.’s Sunny Day, Nella the Princess Knight, Bubble Guppies and Dora and Friends; Amazon’s Creative Galaxy; and Sprout’s Astroblast. There are more but my guess is your eyes are getting tired right about now. Melinda got her start writing in the preschool world on The Wonder Pets, Oobi and 3rd & Bird. She got her humble beginnings in children’s media as the host of “The Playground” radio show for Boston’s WERS-FM. She’s also been known to dabble in development, e-books and the paper kind too. Melinda lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two
focus group participants children – five-year-old Ben and two-year-old Lauren.