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. In 2013, they rewrote Christmas Bounty, the ABC Family movie starring Francia Racia (The Secret Life of an American Teenager) and The Miz (The Real World). Z&B are currently writing a single cam half hour pilot, The 7th Zoe for Amazon. This December, they'll be filming Skirtchasers, a 5 part webseries for www.tellofilms.com. The comedy stars Elizabeth Keener (The L Word) and Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show/Spin City) and will be directed by Stan and Amanda Bearse.
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, SF Fringe, Vancouver's Chutzpah Festival, Hunters in Palm Springs, two successful performances at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood, RSVP cruise and XL Cabaret in NYC. Stan won rave reviews 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. He directed 2 shows for Hollywood Fringe 2014 -- Susannah Blinkoff in Daughter Of... a musical memoir featuring her own original songs and her mom's, Carol Hall (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Free to Be You and Me) at Three Clubs Lounge and MEET & GREET, a new comedy play written with Christian McLaughlin. After their sold out run and winning Fringe's Encore Producers' Award and 3 Robbie Award nominations (Best Comedy, Best Director for a Comedy & Best Ensemble), the show moved to a full production at Theatre Asylum-Elephant Space. It ran for 5 months to packed houses with a cast that included Daniele Gaither (Mad TV), Teresa Ganzel (The Tonight Show), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Vicki Lewis (Newsradio), Brendan Robinson (Pretty Little Liars). The show garnered rave reviews and 3 Scenie Awards from StageSceneLA honoring the play, direction and ensemble work. Stan also recieved a nomination for Best Direction (Local Production-LA) from BroadwayWorld.com.
This past summer, Stan conceived, adapted and directed, SUICIDE NOTES: In Their Own Words, which won a Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers' Award. The show starred Oliva d'Abo, Allie Gonino, Peter Onorati, Brendan Robinson. It's a one hour theatre piece in the vein of The Vagina Monlogoue and Love Letters. Contact Stan via this website if you want to produce the play in your area to raise awareness about this important issue.
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 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 and coaches actors privately and does sitcom script notes/consultation sessions, both of which can be booked through this website. He teaches a sitcom writing course, FROM PITCH TO PAGE at Studio Productions. For more info contact
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. Their first comedy play MEET & GREET, had a SOLD OUT staged reading 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. This past August, they had a reading of their second play, Knife to the Heart, a comedy about circumcision. It took place at Theatre Asylum and starred Allie Gonino, Todd Sherry, Mindy Sterling, Raviv Ullman. The play was recently optioned to be produced in Chicago (Spring 2016).
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 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. He's currently supervising Laura Eichhorn on her sitcom, You and Me Against the World, to be produced with Avalon (Workaholics) and their feature film The Most Epic Mother/Son Wedding Dance with Jackal. In a full circle moment, Stan helped develop a Russian Roseanne pilot in Moscow this year. It was recently greenlit by CTC.
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). Stan is a frequent guest co-host on Ethan Dettenmaier's weekly Combat Radio show. He can be heard on a podcast of Out on the Lanai.