The art of making art is putting it together, bit by bit.—Stephen Sondheim
STEFFI RUBIN, playwright and lyricist
Steffi Rubin came to play writing with the main stage premiere of “The Woodstock Tontine,” (Women’s Theatre Festival, Raleigh, NC July 2017), which was also a finalist at the Women Playwright’s Initiative, in Ivoryton, Connecticut and selected for The Road Theatre’s Summer Playwrights Festival (North Hollywood, CA) in 2018. Several of her short works have had staged readings or productions, including “Coffee for Two,” “Not My Ride,” “Familiar Enough,” “Let’s Stay Together Al Green,” “Upright and Blameless,” “Christmas Unspectacular,” and “The Closet.” “My Other Mother,” her full-length musical about an adoptee searching for her birth mom, in partnership with composer Miriam Kook, enjoyed a staged reading with music in Columbia, MD and is scheduled for a second reading in Cambridge, MD. A painter and graphic designer originally from the Bronx, Steffi lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
MIRIAM KOOK, composer
Miriam Kook has collaborated on “My Other Mother” with playwright and lyricist Steffi Rubin and is serving as Music Director for MOM’s first staged reading in Columbia, Maryland. With a passion for all things musical and dramatic, Miriam has put her talents to use in New York City, Maryland, Israel, and Egypt through music directing/piano accompaniment, stage acting, children’s productions, and church music directing. Music directing credits include “West Side Story,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Chicago,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Hairspray,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Miriam has been playing piano since age four and writing music since age eight, when she created a musical based on “Alice in Wonderland.” Recently retired from 31 years of federal government work, Miriam enjoys time for multiple musical ventures including performing in and directing local community theatre productions, writing parodies, working on her own musical about the life of the prophet Samuel, and passing on her love of music to her grandchildren.