Meet the Makers

Meet the Makers

Hartford Stage invites you to enjoy delicious bites from Restaurant Porrón with Cocktails by Bar Piña during these intimate gatherings with the artists behind our upcoming productions.

February 4, 2019

Jade King CarrollJade King Carroll

Director  ·  Detroit  '67

Jade King Carroll returns to Hartford Stage after staging critically acclaimed productions of Having Our Say and August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Other recent directing credits include Intimate Apparel and The Piano Lesson at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ; Sunset Baby and The Revolutionists at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA; and Skeleton Crew at Marin Theatre Company/Theaterworks and Dorset Theatre in California. She served as Associate Director for A Streetcar Named Desire and The Gin Game on Broadway and The Children’s Monologues at Carnegie Hall. Jade received the Paul Green Award from the estate of August Wilson. Her long list of fellowships and awards includes: New York Theatre Workshop, Van Lier, Second Stage Theatre, Women’s Project, McCarter Theatre Center, SUNY 40 Under 40, TCG New Generations Future Leader, and Gates Millennium Scholar.

April 12, 2019

Robert L. FreedmanRobert L. Freedman

Book + Lyrics  ·  The Flamingo Kid

Robert L. Freedman returns to Hartford Stage as the writer of the book and lyrics for The Flamingo Kid after winning Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Book of a Musical for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, the 2014 Best Musical Tony winner. For his television work, Robert won the Writers Guild Award for HBO’s A Deadly Secret, and was nominated for two Emmy Awards and the Writers Guild Award for the miniseries Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows. Also Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Writers Guild nomination), starring Whitney Houston, What Makes A Family (GLAAD Award, Humanitas Finalist), What Love Sees (Silver Plaque, Chicago International Television Festival), and the true crime dramas Honor Thy Mother (Edgar Award nomination from Mystery Writers of America) and Murder In The Hamptons, among others. Robert received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television; NYU’s Tisch Big Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatrical Arts; and the Ed Kleban and Fred Ebb Awards for songwriting.

Scott FrankelScott Frankel

Music  ·  The Flamingo Kid

Scott Frankel will be making his Hartford Stage debut writing the music for The Flamingo Kid. His most recent work, War Paint (starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole), enjoyed a run on Broadway following a record-breaking engagement at the Goodman Theatre. Other works include Grey Gardens (Tony nomination), Far from Heaven (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown Theatre Festival), Happiness (Lincoln Center Theater), Doll (Ravinia Festival) and Meet Mister Future (Winner, Global Search for New Musicals). Frankel is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation New Horizons Richard Rodgers Award and the Frederick Loewe Award. He is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and a graduate of Yale University, where he teaches musical theatre composition.