Who We Are

We are the creators of Charlie!.

Bruce Spang, librettist
Bruce Spang, librettist

Bruce Spang, former Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, and English teacher, just published a novel The Deception of the Thrush. He is working on a new book about teachers to incorporate creative writing in the new standards based curriculum, Putting the Art Back in Language Arts.  He wrote a libretto, Charlie! A  musical drama about a 24 year gay man who was murder by 3 teens in Bangor. He is author of seven books of poems including his latest Boy at the Screen Door (Moon Pie Press, 2014), To the Promised Land Grocery (Moon Pie Press, 2008), I Have Walked though Many Lives: Young Voices—Scarborough (Moon Pie, Press 2009) and The Knot, (Snow Drift Press, 2005), Tip End of Time (Snow Drift Press, 2004).  He lives with his partner Myles Rightmire who is also from Illinois.  They have a son, daughter and grandson and two loving labs Midnight and Play. Visit brucepspang.wordpress.com to learn more.


Tom Wallace, composer

In addition to composing, Tom Wallace has performed, directed, taught, and coached since graduating with a Masters in Music from University of Maryland, College Park, MD in 1991. He spends most of his time composing and recording in his Portland, Maine studio. In 2012 Tom released a CD recording entitled "Drawn of Dream", music written to accompany meditation, yoga, and massage. "Songs of Loss & Love," words by Terry Quinn, is a Music Theater work still in development; it has been enjoyed in several concert and workshop productions in NYC. Visit www.drawnofdream.com to learn more and to see a listing of Tom's compositions. Or watch a short profile video of Tom working on the revision of "Charlie!" created by Ari Erlbaum by visiting: https://vimeo.com/127986449.