Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Christensen and Michael Shapiro


at 416 West 42nd Street, Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studios  [map]

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 11:30 am
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Sugar and spice and everything vice.  

New-Pine-Cone-Scout Katie arrives during Cookie Season with the hopes of continuing her legacy as overachiever and perpetual do-gooder. Chaos ensues under the helm of Troop Leader Q’Diva as Katie, her wide-eyed new best friend Jenny, and the other adorably-sailor-tongued Scouts do whatever it takes to sell the most cookies…Whatever. It. Takes. COOKIES is a side-splitting razor-sharp-witted musical comedy that will make you ask yourself: How far are you willing to go to do what’s best – or be the best?


Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.  

David Christensen and Michael Shapiro (Book, Music, Lyrics)

David Christensen and Michael Shapiro were born on the border of Florida and Connecticut. They finally met in their freshman year at the Boston Conservatory and from that point on, they knew each other. Michael thought that David was pretty cool, and David had no opinion of Michael whatsoever, in fact, for a while, he thought Michael was a Centaur but realized his mistake upon discovering that Michael was Jewish; American centaurs are rarely Jewish. After two years as classmates and another year where they were attempting to murder each other because of an argument about who really deserved to win the 2007 National Dog Show Presented by Purina, they realized that it was their destiny to build the greatest henge the world has ever seen! That failed, so now they write musicals. In addition to graduating from the Boston Conservatory with their BFAs in musical theatre, they are also proud members of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Writers Workshop where they began developing several shows, including their musical COOKIES which has had multiple readings in NYC and beyond. Most recently they were seen at 54 Below with a night of original songs and/or Dutch fisherman's tales, depending on whom you ask. Both David and Michael have been sorted into Ravenclaw.

Simpson & Longthorne Theatricals (General Manager)

A boutique producing and general management partnership founded by Benjamin Simpson and Joseph Longthorne. As producers, Waitress on Broadway (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations). As general managers, Mother Jones And The Childrens Crusade (NYMF 2014 Best of Fest Runner Up) & The Calico Buffalo (NYMF 2015 Best of Fest), Screenwriter Dies of His Own Free Will (Davenport Theatre Black Box). Thrilled to be back at NYMF this summer with Breaking The Moon, Cookies, and Icon. Proud graduates of The Boston Conservatory.

Jeff Whiting (Director)

RECENT: Loch Lomond (New 42), Chasing Rainbows (World Premiere), James Taylor Live (Carnegie Hall), Big Fish (Milwaukee), Single Wide (NYMF), Faustus (NYFA), To Dance (TRU), The Baker’s Wife (upcoming). NATIONAL TOURS: Bullets Over Broadway, Young Frankenstein. REGIONAL: The Scottsboro Boys (Philadelphia), Big (Milwaukee). ASSOCIATE CREDITS – BROADWAY: Bullets Over Broadway, The Scottsboro Boys, Hair, Wicked (5th Anniversary), Young Frankenstein, Big Fish. NATIONAL TOURS: Hairspray, The Producers. Jeff is the creator and founder of Stage Write Software, dubbed the “new standard of documentation for staging and choreography”, and is the founder and Artistic Director of Open Jar Institute, dedicated to quality actor training.

Jenny Rose Baker

Jenny Rose Baker (Chloe)

Jenny is currently appearing as Tevye’s daughter Shprintze in the Tony nominated revival of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway, directed by Bartlett Sher. She was also seen on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun and as a guest vocalist with 10 Symphonic Pops Orchestras, including with Marvin Hamlisch (National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center). Other credits include Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout workshop), We Are The Tigers (MTF). Jenny is a graduate of Columbia University.

Melanie Brook

Melanie Brook (Karen)

Melanie can be seen eating Cookies one to six times daily. Selected theatre credits: 50 Shades The Musical (Off Broadway & National Tour),The Guide to Being Single (NYMF). TV: The Knick (Cinemax). Film: Viral (MTV). Wagner College grad. Thanks M & D & Bud.

Stefanie Brown

Stefanie Brown (Amber)

Stefanie is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut and dedicates this performance to the Thin Mint and Samoa cookie. National Tours: Wicked. TV: The Blacklist, Stitchers, and All My Children. Stefanie would like to thank TMT, Global, Kyle, the Cookies cast and creative team, and her family for their love and support. Follow Stefanie on Instagram/Twitter @somethingstef

Jeanna De Waal

Jeanna De Waal (Katie)

Jeanna is currently the female lead in Kinky Boots. (Leaving August 13th! So come!) Other shows include Waitress at ART, Finding Neverland at ART, American Idiot, Wicked, Carrie. Check out SWEPT, a short film she created and starred in. TV news coming up so follow her at @thebigdewaal. 

Brynn Williams

Brynn Williams (Angela)

Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Ursula), 13 (Cassie), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Betty-Lou Who), In My Life (Ensemble, Vera u/s), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ensemble/Featured Soloist). Off-Broadway: Lazarus (Teenage Girl 3#). NYMF: Where All the Rivers Go to Sleep (Georgina). Other Appearances: The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, 54 Below, Pittsburgh Steelers National Anthem singer, Pittsburgh Steelers 75th Anniversary (Soloist), Good Morning America, NY Mets National Anthem Singer, NY Nicks Halftime Performer, Apollo Theater performer. 

Katie Emerson

Katie Emerson (Jenny)

is thrilled to be here for cookie season with the Pine Cone Lady Scouts! She is an NYC based performer originally from Arkansas. Most recently, Katie starred as Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Favorite credits: Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Hairspray (Penny), Evita (Mistress), and The Light in the Piazza (Clara). She has performed throughout North America in How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical, in New York with Musicals Tonight!, at 54 Below, and in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Regionally, Katie has performed at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Northern Stage, Hangar Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, and for former President Bill Clinton. Endless thanks to Mike and Dave, her friends and family, and, of course, Mr. Apple. She’s a proud member of Actors’ Equity. BFA Elon University. 

Santina Umbach

Santina Umbach (Courtney)

is ecstatic to be a fourth grader again! Previous credits include Broadway: Mamma Mia! (closing company); Vegas: Mamma Mia!; Off Broadway: Mad Libs Live!; Regional: In the Heights (Nina), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Pickles); and various readings and workshop throughout the city. Thanks to her awesomely creative and hilarious friends for this opportunity! Hi Mom!

Trent Armand Kendall

Trent Armand Kendall (Q'Diva)

is an actor, writer/producer, concert/recording artist and radio host. Broadway/New York: INTO THE WOODS, WIZARD of OZ, HAIR, BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE in concert, Off-Broadway: BAT BOY, NUNSENSE A-MEN!, Picture Incomplete writer/star (NYMF ) London: FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE, HEY MR. PRODUCER!, 1st National Tours: COLOR PURPLE, SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE', JOSEPH..., Regional: LOUIS-AND-ELLA! By Trent Armand Kendall, THE COCOANUTS ( Guthrie Theater), THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (LA Premiere), THUNDER KNOCKING on the DOOR (Cincinnati Playhouse), TV/Film: KICK! (Netflix), NICKI ( ABC Family), BLUE BOODS (CBS), LAW & ORDER/SVU (NBC), PINK PANTHER (MGM).

Elise Benson

Elise Benson (Annie)

Elise Benson received her BFA in Musical Theatre and BA in Music from The University of Minnesota Duluth. This fall she'll be back in Minneapolis where she'll spend a season working with the Tony Award winning Children's Theatre Company. She'd like to thank the NYMF, the creative team behind Cookies, and Jeff Whiting for this special opportunity.

Paul Hodge (Dramaturge)

Paul Hodge is a writer-composer from Australia. His recent work, CLINTON THE MUSICAL, was performed Off-Broadway, at NYMF, in London and Edinburgh and will have its Australian Premiere in 2016 at Black Swan State Theatre Company. CLINTON received nominations for Best New Musical from the Off-Broadway Alliance and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is about to complete a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Queensland.

Liene Dobraja (Costume Design)

Liene Dobraja is a Latvian-born costume designer for theatre and film. She has worked in Germany, Russia, and the Baltic States, and now works and resides in New York. Trained as a Fine Artist and a graduate of the prestigious Academy of the Arts in Riga, Latvia, Liene has found her place in costume design, and has been designing for theater, opera, film and advertising since 2008. She holds and MFA from NYU in Costume Design for stage and film.