Steven D. Cuden
September 25, 1955
|Occupation||Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Librettist/Lyricist, Playwright, Author, Theater Lighting Designer, Artist, Teacher|
Steve Cuden (born September 25, 1955, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is an American screenwriter, director, lyricist, playwright, author, theater lighting designer, artist, and teacher. He is best known for his work on the Broadway musical, Jekyll & Hyde, as well as his writing for numerous television series.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Works
- 4 Awards
- 5 Memberships
- 6 Boards of directors
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The eldest son of Dr. Charles L. Cuden and Helen M. Cuden, he graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1973. Cuden attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1973-1976 and the University of Southern California from 1976-1978, from where he graduated with a B.A. in Theater. Upon graduation from USC, he became the USC School of Theater's Master Electrician. Cuden was married to Lisa Ann Kranz from 1993-1996, but the marriage ended in divorce. Cuden received an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television in 2010. He began teaching Screenwriting at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2011.
It was while Cuden was working as the Master Electrician at USC's School of Theatre on a musical called Christopher, written by composer Frank Wildhorn, that the two met, struck up a friendship, and began to collaborate on writing musicals. Their first effort was a song cycle based on the life of Julius Caesar called The High and Mighty Caesar. They also collaborated on a musical based on the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra called The Last Tsar. In 1980, Cuden and Wildhorn wrote the first two versions that they would create of a musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The second version that they wrote, which Cuden then titled, Jekyll & Hyde, was completed in 1986. The musical was nearly produced on Broadway in 1988, with Terrence Mann set to star, but the production never came to fruition due to the financial backers withdrawing funding prior to rehearsals. Leslie Bricusse replaced Cuden in 1988 as the musical's librettist. Cuden still retains both co-conceptual and co-lyrics credits on the show. Jekyll & Hyde ran on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre from April 1997 through January 2001 for a total of 1543 performances. Its first revival on Broadway opened in April 2013, and closed after thirty performances.
Cuden and Wildhorn also co-conceived a musical based on the story of Rudolf, the last Crown Prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his death at his hunting lodge, Mayerling. Originally called Vienna, the musical was not completed prior to Cuden and Wildhorn parting ways. Wildhorn later revived the idea, first with Nan Knighton, and later with Jack Murphy. They retitled it, Rudolf: Affaire Mayerling. The musical has been produced in Hungary, Austria, Japan, and Korea. Cuden still retains co-conceptual credits and co-lyrics credits.
Cuden is well known for writing episodes of television animation for popular shows as: The Batman, X-Men, Iron Man, Loonatics Unleashed, Xiaolin Showdown, Goof Troop, The Mask, Bonkers, Quack Pack, Gargoyles, Beetlejuice, The Pink Panther, Savage Dragon, RoboCop, Stargate Infinity, Exosquad, Skeleton Warriors, and Mummies Alive.
In the 1980s, Cuden won numerous awards for designing lighting of stage productions in Los Angeles, including 3 Plays of Love and Hate, for director John Cassavetes, Playing for Time, for director Mimi Leder, Piece de Resistance, for director Abraham Polonsky, and Dinner and Drinks, for director Monte Markham. Cuden was Supervisor of Ride and Show Lighting at Universal Studios Florida from 1989-1990.
In 2013, Cuden published a book titled, Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations.
In 2015, as a companion book to Beating Broadway, Cuden published, Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays.
In 2017, Cuden launched a new podcast, StoryBeat: Storytellers on Storytelling, which he produces and hosts. Shows focus on in-depth interviews with artists from all disciplines regarding their creative process.
- StoryBeat: Storytellers on Storytelling
- Beating Hollywood: Tips for Creating Unforgettable Screenplays, 2015, Cudwerks Productions
- Beating Broadway: How to Create Stories for Musicals That Get Standing Ovations, 2013, Cudwerks Productions
- Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical, Co-Conceived for the Stage, and Co-Lyrics
- Tours: U.S., 1995-1996, 1999-2000, 2001–2002, 2012-2013
- Broadway: The Plymouth Theatre, 1997-2001, The Marquis Theatre, 2013
- Translated into more than twenty languages and produced in multiple venues around the world
- Rudolf: Affaire Mayerling, Co-Conceived for the Stage, and Co-Lyrics
- Productions in Hungary, Vienna, Japan, and Korea
Television - Development - Animation
- Skeleton Warriors, (Co-Developed Series, Co-Wrote Pilot), CBS/Graz Entertainment
- Dinozaurs, CBS/Big Daddy Prods.
Television - Staff Writer - Animation
- Bonkers (multiple episodes), Synd/Disney TV Animation
- Goof Troop (multiple episodes), Synd/Disney TV Animation
- Quack Pack (multiple episodes), Synd/Disney TV Animation
Television - Writer - Sit-Com
- Manhattan, AZ, USA/Studios USA
Television - Writer - Animation
- The Batman, WB/Warner Bros. Animation
- X-Men, Fox/Saban Entertainment
- Iron Man, Synd/Marvel Entertainment
- Xiaolin Showdown (multiple episodes), WB/Warner Bros. Animation
- The Pink Panther, Synd/MGM Animation
- The Mask (multiple episodes), Synd/Sunbow Entertainment
- Extreme Ghostbusters (multiple episodes), Synd/Columbia-Tristar
- Biker Mice from Mars (multiple episodes), Synd/Brentwood TV Funnies
- Starship Troopers, Synd/Columbia-Tristar
- NASCAR Racers (multiple episodes), Fox/Fox Kids Network
- Loonatics Unleashed (multiple episodes), WB/Warner Bros. Animation
- Godzilla, Fox/Columbia-Tristar
- Beetlejuice (multiple episodes), Fox/Nelvana Entertainment
- RoboCop (multiple episodes), Synd/MGM Animation
- Mummies Alive (multiple episodes), Synd/DIC Entertainment
- Wing Commander Academy, USA/Universal Cartoon Studios
- Gargoyles, ABC/Disney
- Savage Dragon (multiple episodes), USA/Universal Cartoon Studios
- World of Quest (multiple episodes), WB/Cookie Jar Entertainment
- Stargate Infinity, Fox/DIC Entertainment
- Skeleton Warriors (multiple episodes), CBS/Graz Entertainment
- Exosquad, Synd/Universal Cartoon Studios
- Little Shop (multiple episodes), Fox/Saban Entertainment
- Creepy Crawlers (multiple episodes), Synd/Saban Entertainment
- G.I. Joe Extreme, USA/Gunther-Wahl Animation
- Saban's Adventures of Oliver Twist (multiple episodes), Synd/Saban Entertainment
- Pocket Dragon Adventures (multiple episodes), Synd/BKN Entertainment
- Winner - Best Director - Nodance Film Festival, 2002
- Winner - Best Feature - New York City Horror Film Festival, 2002
- Winner - Best Feature - MicroCineFest, Baltimore, 2002
- Winner - Best Feature - Shriekfest Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2003
- Winner - Fan Favorite - Shriekfest Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2003
- Winner - Best Feature - Weekend of Fear, Nuremberg, Germany, 2003
- In Trousers, 1984
- Strider, 1983
- Love Streams, 1981
L.A. Weekly LAWEE Awards
- In Trousers, 1984
- Livin' Dolls, 1984
- 3 Plays of Love and Hate: Knives, Love Streams, The Third Day Comes, 1981
L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards
Boards of directors
- Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre (PICT), 2012–2017
- The Denis Theatre Foundation, 2011–present
- Academy for New Musical Theatre, Los Angeles, 2008-2011
- "Jekyll & Hyde Official Website - Creative Team". Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- "Point Park University Faculty Page". Archived from the original on 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
- USC News - Pop Goes the Theatre
- Anne Carlini Exclusive Magazine - Interview with Steve Cuden
- Chicago Tribune - New Zealanders Lay Money On U.S. Stage
- New York Times - On Stage
- Jekyll & Hyde IBDb Page
- Music Theatre International - Steve Cuden Biography
- Steve Cuden IMDb Page
- "Lucky" - IMDb Page
- Steve Cuden Official Website - Theater Lighting Credits[permanent dead link]
- Broadway World Books - Beating Broadway Release Archived 2013-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
- StoryBeat Official Website
- Beating Hollywood Official Website
- Beating Broadway Official Website
- Musical Theatre International - Jekyll & Hyde Information Page
- Frank Wildhorn Website - Rudolf the Musical
- Fandango - Steve Cuden - Lucky
- Bonkers IMDb Page - Cartoon Cornered
- Goof Troop IMDb Page - Rally Round the Goof
- Quack Pack IMDb Page - The Boy Who Cried Ghost
- Steve Cuden IMDb Complete Filmography
- "Jekyll & Hyde Official Website - Creative Team - Steve Cuden Biography". Archived from the original on 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
- Steve Cuden Official Website - Bio and Writing Credits[permanent dead link]
- "Point Park University - Steve Cuden Faculty Interview". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
- Nodance Film Festival 2002 Program
- New York City Horror Film Festival Official Website - Past Festivals and Winners
- MicroCineFest - Past Festivals and Winners Archived 2013-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Shriekfest Official Website - Past Winners (2004) Archived 2013-07-23 at Archive.today
- Los Angeles Times - Critics Pick Best Drama Candidates