Stan has been preparing for a career in entertainment since the age of 10, when he created his very own television network in his bedroom (counter programming, t.v. grid, advertising, you name it) in Southfield, Michigan. He even penned a monthly TV column for his junior high school newspaper.
After attending Cranbrook Summer Theatre School for five seasons and Hampton Playhouse for two, Stan headed to New York to get his BFA at NYU/Circle-in-the-Square drama program. He appeared on Broadway dancing behind Rudolph Nureyev and the Joffrey Ballet in Homage to Diaghilev at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. If you look closely you can see him in such films as The Chosen, Zelig and Risky Business. Stan worked in casting before moving to Los Angeles, where he's been part of one of the longest running comedy writing teams, Zimmerman & Berg.
Along with James Berg, Stan's worked on many television series, including season one of The Golden Girls,
Brothers, Fame, Hooperman, Something Wilder, Roseanne, Wanda at Large and the highly successful fifth season of Gilmore Girls -- they penned the "Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant" episode. Z&B (as they're also known) have 2 WGA nominations to their credit -- "Rose's Mother" from The Golden Girls and the other for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the infamous lesbian kiss episode of Roseanne.
Besides writing and producing many television pilots, Z&B rewrote the Emmy and Peabody award winning Annie for ABC. They have also written for film, includingboth Brady Bunch movies. The Brady Bunch Movie was recently honored by American Cinematheque with a special screening. The Q&A panel with Jim, Stan, Shelley Long, Gary Cole and director Betty Thomas can be seen on youtube.com. Z&B created and exec produced two seasons of Rita Rocks, a half hour comedy series on Lifetime starring Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV). The complete first season is out on DVD. They rewrote Christmas Bounty, an ABC Family movie starring Francia Racia (The Secret Life of an American Teenager) and The Miz (The Real World). It will air Dec 2013. http://m.deadline.com/2012/10/abc-family-wwe-studios-tag-team-for-holiday-movie-with-the-miz/ Z&B have recently finished a single cam comedy spec -- The Last American Family.
Stan returned to the theatre to direct the 30th anniversary revival of Gemini starring Stephanie Faracy, Peter Onorati, Mindy Sterling and Joel Michaely at Celebration Theatre, A Tuna Christmas (LA Times Critics' Choice and 2 StageSceneLA awards) with Mindy Sterling and Patrick Bristow at Theatre Asylum, Spike Heels (3 StageSceneLA awards including Best Director) at Actors Circle Theatre, Larry Blum's solo show BLINK & You Might Miss Me at Asylum Lab, Hollywood Fringe Festival, SF Fringe Festival, Vancouver's Chutzpah Festival, Hunters in Palm Springs and two successful performances at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood this past Oct and Nov. Stan won rave reviews last summer for Entertaining Mr. Sloane (7 StageSceneLA awards including Best Director) starring Ian Buchanan, Olivia d'Abo, Emhrys Cooper and Robin Gammell at the Actors Company. BroadwayWorld recently honored both of Stan's productions with numerous awards. Sloane won 3 -- including Best Play, Best Lead Actress-Olivia d'Abo and Person to Watch-Emrhys Cooper. BLINK won 2 -- Best Director and Best Lead Actor. The show recently made it's New York Premiere for one night only at XL Cabaret this past May.
Stan directed the music video for the band Whore's Mascara's song "All I Want". It played in Outfest's BOOM! Music Festival and aired on LOGO's New Now Next series. It was nominated for 3 PILL Awards (including Best Video and Best Director). He will be making his feature film directing debut this fall with a script he co-wrote with Christian McLaughlin, The Homecoming Queen's Going Down, a female ensemble comedy in the vein of "Bridesmaids". It will be produced by Julia Verdin ("Merchant of Venice" w/Al Pacino, "Two Jacks" w/Sienna Miller). Already set to star is Olivia d'Abo ("The Wonder Years", "Law and Order", "Kicking and Screaming") and Mindy Sterling ("Austin Powers").
Stan, also known as THE CASTING COACH, runs sitcom audition classes in LA, NYC and Atlanta. His next 3 week intensive will be at Studio Productions Wednesdays Oct 30 and Nov 6 & 13 @ 7:30. For further info:www.yourstudioproductions.com He also coaches actors privately and does sitcom script notes/consultation sessions, both of which can be booked through this website.
This summer, Stan directed 3 SOLD OUT staged readings of IT'S ON!, the tv theme song musical he conceived and co-wrote (with Christian McLaughlin). It played at NYMF at the new Signature Theatre on W. 42nd St. in NYC. The cast included Jenna Leigh Green, Colin Hanlon, Curt Hansen, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Mindy Sterling. Special guest stars were Michael Urie and Paige Davis. www.itsonthemusical.com Stan directed the first reading at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre starring James Carpinello, Nolan Funk, Megan Hilty, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mindy Sterling and Alan Thicke. Christian and Stan wrote for the 21st DIVAS Simply Singing benefit at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, which featured an original "Dreamgirls" reunion and the 22nd DIVAS show at the Nokia Theatre. They have recently completed their 2nd musical, DANCIN' PARTY. Their first comedy play MEET & GREET, had a SOLD OUT staged reading last December as part of The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series. The cast included Amanda Bearse, Teresa Ganzel, Carolyn Hennesy, John Paul Karliak and Kym Whitley. Due to demands for seats, the reading was moved to the larger Stella Adler Theatre.
On his own, Stan wrote for Emmy Magazine and appeared on camera as co-host/showrunner on Situation: Comedy, a Project Greenlight-type show about the making of a sitcom pilot. The series, co-produced by Sean Hayes (Will and Grace), aired on Bravo. Under his new solo production company Z-Entertainment, he sold a half hour single cam comedy pilot, The New Twenty, written by Vanessa Parise to ABC Family. Stan oversaw the development of the script.
In one of Stan's many full circle moments, he can be seen acting again in Jay Zaretsky's short film, Uno Mas on Funny or Die. He was seen in multiple epsiodes of Oxygen's All the Right Moves, a dance reality show starring Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance).