Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner
Book, Music and Lyrics
Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner met while acting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, were married onstage at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, and have been collaborating on things theatrical and literary ever since. Other musicals include Dogpark, Chaps!, and Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas, published by Samuel French; Holmes and Watson Save The Empire, They Came From Way Out There, and The Doll People Musical.Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm they have written 130 books for young adults and children includingThe Jewel Kingdom, Bad News Ballet, and Scared Stiff. They adapted and Jahnna directed the film of their book,The Ruby Princess Runs Away, which won Best Picture at the 2001 Burbank Int’l Children’s Film Festival. Their humorous parenting columns for Sesame Street Parents magazine were compiled into a book titled I’m Counting to 10, and was a Parents Choice Award winner in 2002. Jahnna continues to direct professionally in theatres across the US, while Malcolm is an award-winning narrator of over 150 audiobooks. In 2013, they appeared on the stage together as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. They are most proud of their best and brightest collaboration, their son Dash and daughter Skye.