My Perfect Pet

Music and Lyrics by Jeff Eisenberg

Book by Bruce J. Robinson

Directed by Rachel Black Spaulding

Jeff Eisenberg  (Producer, Music and Lyrics) is a four time ASCAP Award-winning songwriter. He is the creator and founding member of the children's musical singing group, Junior Jam. For 20 years, Jeff and his singing partners Elayne Kessler and Adrienne Asterita performed live concerts for 3-8 year olds throughout the northeast. His four Junior Jam recordings have won NAPPA (National Association of Parenting Publications Awards), Children's Music Web and Kids Music Awards. His fourth album, Wake Up, was a finalist in Nickelodeon' s Parents Picks Awards, and his song from the album, "Happy Pants", was a finalist in The International Songwriting Competition in 2011. My Perfect Pet was presented as a staged reading at The New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2012 under the direction of Marlo Hunter. He is thrilled to stage MPP's first full production here in his hometown of New York.

Bruce J. Robinson (Book) writes mainly for theatre and television.  His play BYRD’S BOY ran off-Broadway at Primary Stages starring David McCallum and Myra Lucretia Taylor.  Theatres that have subsequently produced the show include the Detroit Rep (nominated as “Best Play” - Detroit Free Press’s Award for Theatre Excellence).

Bruce’s ANOTHER VERMEER was instrumental in his winning a Berrilla Kerr Award.  The play opened at the Abingdon Theatre (starring Austin Pendleton), where it garnered enthusiastic reviews and won the theatre’s “Abby Award” as “Best Play of the Season.”   It also had a developmental production by HB Playwrights.  There, it starred Mr. Pendleton and Michael Urie.  Theatre 40 presented the play in Los Angeles (where it was an LA TIMES critic’s choice). 

His comedy 30,000 MEALS was an O’Neill Conference finalist.  Also, Bruce wrote the book for the revue THE BROADWAY KIDS SING BROADWAY (featuring Jesse Eisenberg).  For a complete rundown of his many plays, go to brucejrobinson.com

Among TV shows on which he’s written are Gary Goldberg’s BROOKLYN BRIDGE, Glenn Caron’s SHOWROOM, and ALL THE RIGHT CONNECTIONS (PBS).

At present, Bruce is writing book and lyrics for NIGHT WITHOUT A MOON (with music by Howard Marren and direction by Gregg Edelman).

Bruce is proud to have been honored by the Kennedy Center Festival for “Outstan-ding Service in Playwriting.”  A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, in what seems another life he performed at such otherwise reputable theatres as the Manhattan Theatre Club and Goodspeed.  He is thrilled that MPP will be opening in NY this fall.

Rachel Black Spaulding (Director) Rachel began her theater career on stage, and in a wee bit of film. Directing credits include: Award winning The Widow of Tom’s Hill (Alex Merilo) Off Broadway at 59E59 Theatres to rave reviews; the workshop/production of Widow … at Luna Stage, NJ; and many new works in play festivals at Luna Stage, The Bickford Theatre, The Theater Project, Strange Dog Theatre, Grove Street Theater, and more. Rachel was one of fifty-six directors worldwide invited to attend the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in 2015; she was also a participant in the highly competitive SDCF Observership Class of 2015-2016; and she was the recipient of a SDC Observership under the mentorship of multi-award winning director Michael Grandage (UK) for HUGHIE on Broadway starring Forest Whitaker and Frank Wood, with stipend funded by the SDC Foundation. In educational settings, Rachel has been hired for three semesters now to direct new works by graduate students at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and directed Little Women at Mount St. Dominic’s Doris Byrne Performing Arts Center. Since 2007, Rachel has been a Literary Associate of Luna Stage. As an educator, Rachel is a passionate teacher of drama and voice, and private drama coach. Memberships: AEA; SAG/AFTRA; Lincoln Center Directors Lab; and an associate member of SDC. For more info visit: 

Jacob Nurick (Stagemanager). Jacob is a recent graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, representing the studio of Playwrights Horizons.  An emerging stagemanager, designer and director, credits include Finishing the Suit-Ego Actus (Stagemanager), Autobiography of Red-PHTS (Associate Scenic Designer), and Play it by Ear- Scatterbrained Productions (Director). Jacob is very excited to be joining the team of My Perfect Pet.

Harrison M. Beck (Musical Director/Arranger) is a New York based music director, composer, performer, and stage director.  A graduate of New York University's Tisch Drama School and Steinhardt School of Music, he has worked on projects on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally. His original musical just appeared at the Producer's Club this August, his orchestrations for the Hispanic Heritage Awards were just broadcast nationwide on PBS last Fall, and his orchestration for Ben Model's new accompaniment to Buster Keaton's "The Goat" was premiered by the Boise Symphony orchestra last February. 

He was the music assistant on Kander and Ebb's "The Visit" on Broadway with music director David Loud, and just finished music directing Ma Yi Theater's new rock adaptation of "Peer Gynt." Other recent productions include: 'South Pacific' (Allenberry Playhouse),  'A Song At Twilight' (Portland Stage), 'That Beautiful Laugh' (La Mama ETC), and concerts and collaborations with David Loud, Wayne Barker, John O'Neil, and Dan Kluger.

JUNE RACHELSON-OSPA (Marketing Maven) (Osparations) is an award-winning writer of musical theater as well as a producer. She co-wrote  with Daniel Neiden: Welcome To Tourettaville (Kennedy Center); Rapunzarella White (NYTimes Pick); Tourettaville Cartoon starring Dr. John,Michael Imperioli and Courage the Cowardly Dog; Bollywood And Vine, Imaginary Boy, Stupid Wig.Other work :The Hotel Belleclaire, New York Stories, I Am Suzanne, Breakfast With The Birds,Hyde and Seek,  and Rockin' The Planet. Producer: Broadway's Godspell  and investor in  A Christmas Story The Musical (By Evan Hansen's Pasek and Paul) Artistic Director: Identity Theater, . She's a board member of the League of Professional Theater Women, Dramatist Guild, ASCAP,  Former: Board member of  TRU ,  NYC's  Tourette Syndrome Association and Academy Director at AMAS Musical Theatre.

Ana is a Yugoslavian-Irish set designer currently based in New York. She comes from a multicultural background and has lived in several countries including China, Italy and Cyprus. 
For the past ten years theatre has been her main personal and professional focus. During that time she has branched out into different aspects of theatre including writing, performance and design. 

She is currently enrolled in the Scenic Design MFA program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, having received her BFA in Set & Costume Design at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.

Ana is thrilled to be working with such a warm, passionate and dedicated group of people on My Perfect Pet. Focusing on this design has filled her days with bright colors, and even brighter energy.