Book and Lyrics
Kevin and Kristin are an award-winning writing duo who have been working together since they were paired for their first assignment in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in 2009. In 2015, the BMI Foundation honored them with the Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement for their writing, including their original musical comedy, Up and Away.
Up and Away’s world premiere was produced by Pittsburgh CLO in January 2018. It had an extended sixteen-week run, and was the featured performance of the NAMT Spring Conference, as well as the headlined event of the Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival of New Works. Up and Away was the first world premiere developed through Pittsburgh CLO’s Next Generation Initiative, selected from the inaugural Next Generation New Musicals Weekend of readings in 2017. Prior to this, the show (formerly titled Super Hero) was produced as a staged reading by the Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab at the Snapple Theater in New York in November 2014, and received an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust grant. In 2019, Up and Away was selected for Apples & Oranges Arts’ THEatre ACCELERATOR. Most recently, the show had its West Coast premiere in January 2020 at the Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Portland.
Kevin and Kristin are currently writing an adaptation of acclaimed photographer Hinda Schuman’s memoir Dear Shirley. Philadelphia Theatre Company was awarded a NAMT Writers Residency Grant to present the first staged reading of Dear Shirley in May 2020.
Previous collaborations include commissions for projects with URock Theatricals and New York City Children’s Theatre. Their short musicals The Sell and The Phobia Phobes were produced by Prospect Theater Company for their Musical Theatre Lab and New York Musical Festival Summer Intensive. Other musicals include Queen with a Crown and King of Kong, developed at the BMI Workshop.
Kevin is a published librettist/lyricist who has had more than fifty productions in New York, London and around the world. He was the 2017 librettist recipient of the Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. His newest musical Under the Canvas Sky, written with London composer Charles Miller, was presented at the London School of Musical Theatre in December 2019. Their musicals When Midnight Strikes, No One in the World, Mr. Christmas and Hope were published by Rodgers & Hammerstein and are now available for production throughout Europe. When Midnight Strikes was nominated for an Off-West End award for Best Musical in 2013 (original cast recording available on iTunes). Another musical, Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, received critical acclaim at London’s Bridewell Theatre, and was published by Samuel French and is currently playing around the world. Additionally, his musicals Brenda Bly, When Midnight Strikes, Hope and Mr. Christmas have been published by German publishing company Gallissas and translated into German. His musical The Answering Machine won “Best Musical” and “Best Lyrics” at the Theatre Now New York’s 2nd Annual Sound Bites 10-Minute Musical Theatre Festival. Kevin is a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop and the Dramatists Guild.
Kristin is a composer whose work has been performed in New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Her mini musical Dustin Gavins P.I. (lyricist – Sarah Ziegler) was commissioned by 4@15 Musicals Program in conjunction with UC-Irvine, and performed in 2016. Her songs have been featured in the BMI Smoker Series and at Feinstein’s 54 Below, The Duplex and New York Theatre Barn. Kristin is the book writer, lyricist and composer of Cats and Mice, a full-length family musical produced at a Philadelphia private school. She is a member of the BMI Advanced Workshop and the Dramatists Guild.
Marlo Hunter is film director and theater director/choreographer based in New York City with a passion for and focus on the development of new plays and musicals. Marlo is currently in post-production for her feature film directorial debut: American Reject (Full Armor Films), featuring Kathleen Monteleone (Hands on a Hardbody), Billy Ray Cyrus, Juvenile, Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots, “Masters of Sex”), Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”), Mary Birdsong (“Reno 911!”), Rebecca Black (“Friday”), and introducing Angelica Hale (“America’s Got Talent”). Winner of the Callaway Award for Excellence in Choreography for her work on Carner & Gregor’s Unlock’d, which she directed & choreographed at The Duke on 42nd Street for Prospect Theater Company. She is the Co-Creator & Director of The Theatrical Culinary Project – an immersive play in development putting Top Chef finalist & The Chew Co-Host, Carla Hall, into collaboration with playwrights Jeff Augustin, Pulitzer Prize Winner Martyna Majok, Daniel Pearle, Harrison David Rivers and Julian Sheppard (workshops in NYC, residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm). RECENT: Associate Director, Clueless The Musical with book & lyrics by Amy Heckerling (Kristin Hanggi, Director; Dodgers Theatricals/The New Group); Director & Choreographer, Up and Away by Kevin Hammonds & Kristin Bair at Pittsburgh CLO (World Premiere); Director, Teeth by Michael R. Jackson & Anna K. Jacobs (residency at the Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA, Playwrights Horizons. UPCOMING: American Morning, a new musical by Timothy Huang, which Marlo will direct in spring 2019 the ARTNY Mezzanine Theater (Prospect Theater Company).
Marlo has directed, choreographed and developed new work at Second Stage, Long Wharf, Williamstown, Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, EST, Pittsburgh CLO, Bay Street, Sundance Theatre Lab, TUTS Underground, NJ Rep, Bloomington Playwrights Project, NYMF, The Lark at NY Stage & Film, The Orchard Project, and SPACE on Ryder Farm, among others. She is an alumna of the Sundance Theatre Lab, a Drama League residency recipient, an alumna of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corp, a 2016 National Directors Fellowship Finalist and a proud member of the SDC.
In 2008 Marlo founded Eating Their Words, putting playwrights and chefs into collaboration for one-night-only immersive experiences in New York’s finest restaurants, resulting in World Premiere plays coupled with the menu they inspired. Through ETW Marlo commissioned & directed new plays by Neil LaBute, Beau Willimon, Douglas Carter Beane, Sarah Treem, Theresa Rebeck, David Grimm, Annie Baker, Brooke Berman, Amy Herzog, Keith Reddin, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Sam Forman, Rob Ackerman, Steven Levenson, Zakiyyah Alexander, Liz Flahive, Aurin Squire, Aziza Barnes and Eisa Davis.
Marlo teaches a workshop, “The Freelance Artist’s Manifesto Boot Camp” in NYC, at universities, and through private coaching, empowering creative freelancers with mental and practical tools to survive and thrive as an artist. She holds a B.A. in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University, and a Classical Diploma (study of Latin & Greek) from Phillips Exeter Academy. She lives in New York with her husband and son.