Creative Team

Frank Schiro

Composer and lyricist

Pryor Rendering (music/lyrics):  World Premiere, City Repertory Theatre, Oklahoma City and The American Theatre, Tulsa, OK, 2016.  Simple Math (accompanying music): 2018 New York Fringe Festival. Twice Upon A Birthday (music), an opera for children’s sung by adults, World Premiere Tulsa Opera, 2015-16; commissioned by Connecticut Opera; The Happy Prince, (Book, music and lyrics), produced on Theatre Row in NYC, NYMF festival; The Beloved Dearly (Music), TADA! Theatre;  Dog And His Master (Music and sound design), Lark Theater;  Commedia Tonite! (Music and lyrics), Lark Theatre;   Twelfth Night, Wild Pantalettes Of Verona and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Music and sound design), American Globe Theater.

Shawn Churchman


Shawn is an Associate Professor of musical theatre performance in the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre at The University of Oklahoma. Shawn spent 20 years in New York City, first as an actor then director. He was in one of the original companies of FOREVER PLAID, and was a soloist at both Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He has directed in major theatres and opera companies all over the U.S. PRYOR RENDERING received its world premiere at City Rep in Oklahoma City and the American Theatre Company in Tulsa OK in 2016. His libretto STORYVILLE, was developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in 2004, and his theatrical revues “The Great American Composer Series” are produced all over the country. His family opera TWICE UPON A BIRTHDAY (with composer Frank Schiro) received its world premiere with the Tulsa Opera in 2015. He is a proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers, Actors Equity, and the Dramatist Guild. 

Sue Conover Marinello, Producer

Sue was Marketing Director for New York’s Circle Repertory Company. During her tenure, she worked on Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead directed by John Malkovich; Wilson’s Burn This, which moved to Broadway; Caroline Kava’s The Early Girl with Demi Moore; and William M. Hoffman’s As Is, which also moved to Broadway. As Marketing Director of the 92nd Street Y she promoted over 3,000 projects and performances annually. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Sue interned at The Second Stage and studied at Circle In the Square. In 2013 she received the NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production and Best Direction of an Original Play. She was Assistant to the Director for The Subject Was Roses, and wrote the graphic novel study guide for the new musical Austin the Unstoppable at the George Street Playhouse. New work is Sue’s passion, and she is proud to be part of the production team for the world premiere of Pryor Rendering. Thanks to Hoagy B. Carmichael & Stardust Road and Jim, Katie, and Claire.