Script and lyric writer Catherine Hurd graduated from UCLA with a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting, and from Florida State University with an MFA in Film Production. She
received her BFA from Florida Atlantic University in Theater. At present, she is utilizing
knowledge from both disciplines and writing musical plays. Catherine has won several screenwriting awards, and has optioned three feature length scripts in Los Angeles.
Composer Vatrena King graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering before becoming a 1st-call session singer. Credits include a recurring singing role on the hit TV show “Ally McBeal,” performing and/or recording with such artists as Melissa Manchester, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow & Barry White, several Disney children’s albums, television and film theme songs. Original songs can be heard in the independent film “All About Us,” (2007). In 2000, Vatrena was rated the Top Unsigned Artist by Music Connection Magazine.
Poppy Peach Nichols is the Executive Director of the West Coast Songwriters Association. Poppy thrives in an environment that lends itself to collaboration, creating new ideas and fostering a strong sense of community. Poppy met Vatrena King when she enrolled her children in the Waldorf Preschool in Davis, CA. Their friendship eventually evolved into a work collaboration, as Poppy organized and helped produce Vatrena's 2011 Christmas Album and organized and publicized a successful concert of the same album. Presently, Poppy is utilizing her organizational talents in the production of “Zuccotti Park.”