WENDY PINI has been writing and drawing literally since the age of two, and has worked for Marvel, DC, First Comics, Comico, Dark Horse, Berkley, Ace, Tor Books, and many other publishers.
She is the Eisner Award-winning co-creator, writer, artist and colorist for the long-running, best-selling fantasy graphic novel series ElfQuest, widely acknowledged as “the first American manga.” ElfQuest is currently in preproduction as a CGI/animated series with an Oscar-winning writer/director.
She has also written and painted two Beauty and the Beast graphic novels (inspired by the hit CBS tv series), and story-edited scripts for Dagaz Media’s Audio-Movie adaptation of the first ElfQuest novelization.
Her critically acclaimed 400-page, dark, futuristic reimagining of Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death is currently in development with an award-winning team for the stage. She has produced a full animatic video of Masque of the Red Death — A Musical Thriller to demonstrate how the show can be lavishly yet economically staged using one basic set and projections of artwork and special effects.
GREGORY NABOURS is an Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and NAACP award recipient. He is the co-creator of the Unauthorized Musical Parody series at Rockwell Table and Stage (Los Angeles), where he arranged and produced over 15 jukebox musicals based on popular films. Gregory’s music has been performed all over the country, including at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.
Musical Director: The Color Purple, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Hairspray, Kinky Boots, In the Heights, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Assassins, Ragtime, Failure: A Love Story, Rent, A New Brain, and The Women of Brewster Place.
Composer/Arranger: Marilyn! The New Musical; The Trouble With Words; Masque of the Red Death — A Musical Thriller; Bettie Page, Queen of Pin-Ups – The Musical; A Candle In Jien’ Jenu; and It.
CALVIN REMSBERG was a highly successful vocal instructor, teaching privately and in various Southern California-based colleges and workshops. He began his career as an opera singer, appearing with the Boston, Washington, and Wolf Trap companies. Sondheim fans will best remember him as the creepy/evil Beadle Bamford opposite Angela Lansbury in Sweeny Todd. Calvin also appeared in Phantom of the Opera and Cats. He was always a much-in-demand director, teacher and voice coach, much beloved and celebrated by friends and colleagues.
Calvin was Wendy’s mentor and teacher, instrumental in the development of the Masque libretto. More importantly, he introduced her to Masque‘s amazing, young composer Gregory Nabours.