FRANKENSTEIN (film) – Creative Team
Eric B. Sirota (Book, Music and Lyrics)
Eric B. Sirota is a composer/playwright, having written 5 full-length musicals. He studied musical composition at Brown University. He is also a highly published research scientist with a PhD in Physics. His musical, Frankenstein, played Off-Broadway at St. Luke’s Theatre for 3 years, following earlier development at NYMF. His musical Your Name On My Lips, an original love story, had two productions at the award-winning venue Theater for the New City, where Sirota was a resident playwright. Go, My Child had staged readings at the Actor’s Temple Theatre in NYC. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Denis Diderot grant to attend the Chateau Orquevaux residency where he wrote A Good Day (Music, memory, an old flame, and Alzheimer’s) which is currently in development. As composer (with librettist Vin Morreale Jr.), he wrote A Day at the White House, which was recently recorded as a radio podcast. Other major works include The Flemington Oratorio and a dramatic musical setting of Unetane Tokef. Eric is married to the artist Cara London, and were featured in the New York Times. (https://EricSirota.com)
John Lant (Executive Producer)
John is a 40-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 700 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative producer / director, consultant, and showrunner. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, LATC, Ivy Substation, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory in LA. His work and productions garnered Drama-Logue, Diamond, ADA, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week, Garland, Valley Theatre (LA) nominations and receiving the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. He has produced 17 Off-Broadway Plays and is currently the Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Repertory and is a TRU Board, APAP Presenter, and Associate SDC Member. He currently lives in New York, worked at Carnegie Hall for 13 years pre-COVID, and out of producing offices here and in LA.
Tamra Pica (Executive Producer)
Tamra’s theater and television work spans 35 years with credits ranging from prop designer to producer of plays, musicals, dance, and ice shows. She’s produced over 15 Off-Broadway productions including the long-running Frankenstein, Swing, and Lili Marlene and LA premieres most recently: Path to Catherine. Alongside theater, Tamra’s production, casting, and development television work can be seen for companies such as Disney, Sony, Cartoon Network, NBC Studios, TBS, CBS, MTV, ABC and FOX. TV/Film Producing credits include America’s Prince: The JFK Junior Story, Venice the Series, and she casts projects for theater, film and television in both New York and Los Angeles.
Joe LoBianco (Director)
Joe is an award winning film Director and Director of Photography for feature and short films. As a director of film and music Joe started his career working for commercial clients such as the NY Jets, Bloomingdales and IBM. Joe’s photography has also been featured throughout the world and has circulated to millions. Joe directed the full length feature film 3 Doors From Paradise now in worldwide distribution, the short films Quality Control and multiple award winning Dinner For Two. TV shows include The Toronto ArtHouse Film Festival Awards, the MMA show ChokeHold. He is also the director of photography for the children’s show Funikijam and Art Garfunkel music videos and promos as well as Off-Broadway plays such as Ximer.. Joe was also the editor on the multiple award winning documentary Keeping Christmas.
Kent Jeong Eun Kim (Musical Director)
Kent is a composer, musical director and pianist based in New York City. Originally from South Korea, she studied classical piano performance at Hansei University, and completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Composition at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU in 2017. Career highlights include a collaboration with Alan Ferber’s Big Band in 2016, a reading of her full-length musical Out With a Bang, in 2017, playing in Icon with Broadway legend Donna McKechnie, and ongoing pianist and musical director work at St. Luke’s Theatre (Frankenstein, It Came From Beyond, Geek, Wicked City Blues).
Maarten Cornelis (Lighting Designer)
Maarten is a Belgian born American Light Designer and Actor. He is a recent transplant from Los Angeles and is happy to be working in NYC (the capital of all theatre). He has been in the entertainment industry professionally since the age of fourteen. During the span of the last 20 years, Maarten has worn multiple hats. His interest in the technical world of entertainment spiked after studying at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in Los Angeles. He led their theater group, producing and directing their shows and holding the role as the institute’s Technical Director. Over the years, Maarten has been designing the lights for many live events, working with/for Francis Ford Coppola, Stephen Rivkin, Lloyd J. Schwartz, Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Dino De Laurentiis, Ennio Morricone, and many more. He is happy to be back at St. Luke’s Theatre and to be working with this talented group of people. Please check www.maartencornelis.com for more info.
Cara London (Co-Executive Producer & Portrait Art)
Cara is a fine artist. She studied Art History at Brandeis and obtained an MFA at Parsons School of Design/NY Studio School and studied painting with John Adams Griefen. Attended Triangle Artists’ Workshop, Vermont Studio School, Emma Lake, Leighton Foundation, and Chateau Orquevaux. She is the founder and was the curator of Gallery at the Park, at the Park Performing Arts Center where Frankenstein was filmed. She regularly exhibits in solo and group shows. Please see CaraLondon.com for more info.