Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth are critically acclaimed musical theatre writers, whose fun shows pack an honest emotional punch. Sara and Russ are one half of the writing team behind the groundbreaking Broadway musical In Transit, the first a cappella musical ever to appear on Broadway (along with James-Allen Ford and Academy Award-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez). For its original Off-Broadway run, In Transit received the most award nominations of any Off-Broadway musical in 2010, including Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations.
Sara and Russ are also the creators of Dear Albert Einstein, (published by Dramatic Publishing; Off Broadway Alliance nominee "Best Family Show" of 2014); the one-act musical collection Shortstack; songs for the play High School Confidential (published by Dramatic Publishing), and numerous stand-alone cabaret songs. They are currently developing the alternative rock musical Minnesota with playwright Daniel John Kelley. They were finalists for the 2014 Fred Ebb Award for musical theatre writing.
Sara has also written the book for the Disney Cruise Line adaptations of Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, and performs regularly as a vocalist around the country. Russ is a jazz pianist and host of the concert series "Russ Kaplan's Broadway Jazz Session;" his debut album as a bandleader The Ulysses Cycle is available on Ropeadope Records. They are experienced teaching artists, and offer masterclass sessions to High Schools, colleges, and a cappella and choral groups.