Book, Music, and Lyrics
Jim Dooley is an Emmy Award-winning composer & songwriter with a diverse repertoire spanning the film, television, video gaming and live theatrical industries. He has earned accolades for his solo work as well as proud collaborations with many of the top names in music including Hans Zimmer, Tarja, and Babyface.
In Television, Dooley has written original music for Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” FX’s quirky series “Wilfred,” and ABC’s critically acclaimed series, “Pushing Daisies,” for which Dooley earned a 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for “Best Original Music Composition for a Series.” In film, Dooley composed Screen Gems’ thriller “Obsessed” and the remake of the cult-classic-thriller “When a Stranger Calls.”
Rick Batalla is an award winning performer, writer, and director for television, film and theater, and a founder of The Troubadour Theater company. Rick studied with the creator of The Groundlings in Los Angeles, and The Second City. He has been a series regular on shows like CBS’s Payne, ABC’s True Love and TBS’s Dinner and A Movie, where he also was the writer and director. He has guest starred on many TV shows including Hollywood Darlings, Cold Case, and Liv and Maddie, and he can now be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s latest movie Being The Ricardos.
Rick also writes original musicals. He wrote the multi-Ovation nominated “CHiPs the Musical” and the Ovation winning Best Original Musical “Blake…Da Musical” that was about the night Robert Blake “may or may not have” killed his wife outside a Los Angeles restaurant. He currently has two shows in preproduction. The first is Lucretia…King Slayer, and the other is titled Eulogy.
As artistic director of The Troubadour Theater Company in Los Angeles since 1995, Matt has directed over 40 original productions and been honored with the Orange County Weekly Theater Award for Career Achievement, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award for Sustained Excellence in Theater, the LADCC’s Joel Hirschorn award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater, and nine LA Stage Alliance Ovation awards.
As part of a 35 + year career in show biz, Matt has toured as a clown with Ringling Bros Circus, choreographed and performed with LA Opera and the LA Phil, worked as a Disney Imagineer, created shows for Universal Theme parks, and co-wrote the screenplay for the feature film Mother’s Day with the late Garry Marshall.