Marisa is the co-owner and Publisher of Smith and Kraus Publishers, the leading publisher in the US of theater books for the trade with over 600 titles in print. She is an award winning playwright, an associate artist with the Lark Play Development Center and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Her plays include SAVING KITTY, winner of Best Play from NH in Portland Stages’ (Maine) Clauder Competition. SAVING KITTY premiered at Wellfleet Actors Harbor Theater on Cape Cod in July of 2012, and then was produced by New Jersey Rep in Long Branch, NJ in the summer of 2013. KITTY has the distinction of being the most successful show in New Jersey Rep’s eighteen-year history. SAVING KITTY is now under option by the actress Jennifer Coolidge.
In 2013 Marisa penned her first film, SECOND WIND, shot in England, staring June Brown, Harriet Walter and Tamzin Merchant, an Andrew Silver Production. She has a BA from Wesleyan University and is the mother of two sons.
Eric is President and Publisher of Smith and Kraus Inc., a leading publisher of theater books. He was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx. He especially loves his daughter Lisa, his sons Peter and Luke, his uncle Manny, his wife Marisa, Israel, college football, World Cup Soccer, the NCAA’s, Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens, and his dog Jack.
You’ve probably interacted with Carol if you are one of our authors or playwrights. She wears many hats at Smith and Kraus. She is a native of Ohio but has enjoyed her life on her farm in New England where she and her husband, Arthur, ran a boarding school (grades 5 through 12) for many, many years. She now shares the farm with her draft horse, George, 3 cats, 35 ducks, 10 chickens, a very bossy rooster name Salvo Montelbano, and a goose named Zoom.
For over thirty years Lawrence Harbison was in charge of new play acquisition for Samuel French, Inc., during which time his work on behalf of playwrights resulted in the publication of hundreds of plays, by playwrights such as Jane Martin, Don Nigro, Tina Howe, Theresa Rebeck, William Mastrosimone, Charles Fuller, and Ken Ludwig, among many others; and the acquisition of musicals such as Smoke on the Mountain, A…My Name Is Alice, Little Shop of Horrors and Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down. He is a now an editor for Smith and Kraus, Inc., for whom he edits annual anthologies of best plays by new playwrights, best ten-minute plays and best monologues for men and for women; and for Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
He works with individual playwrights to help them develop their plays (see his website, www.playfixer.com). He has also served as literary manager or literary consultant for several theatres, such as Urban Stages and American Jewish Theatre. He has served many times over the years as a judge and commentator for various national play contests and lectures regularly at colleges and universities. He holds a B.A. from Kenyon College and an M.A. from the University of Michigan.
His book, How I Did It: Establishing a Playwriting Career, a collection of interviews with playwrights, will be published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books in 2015.
Dr. Carol Rocamora is an educator, playwright, translator and critic. Her three volumes of the complete translated dramatic works of Anton Chekhov have been published by Smith & Kraus. Now in her 15th year of teaching at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dr. Rocamora has been the recipient of the David Payne Carter Award for Teaching Excellence. She also lectures on theater at the Juilliard School, the Yale School of Drama and Columbia University.