A veteran of dozens of stage, television and independent film productions spanning some thirty years, Brad Mays' professional experience began with an internship at the McCarter Theatre's resident repertory company in 1970 in Princeton,New Jersey. By the age of 18, he was directing main stage productions at Baltimore's Corner Theatre experimental theatre company; during this time, he also became interested in film making.
In 1982, Mays moved to New York City, where he directed a number of off-Broadway stage productions, including REQUIEM by Linda Chambers, DRAGON SLAYERS by Stanley Keyes, and the acclaimed THE WATER HEN by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz. During this time he also produced and directed his first feature-length film, STAGE FRIGHT, which was premiered at the1989 Berlin International Film Festival.
After relocating to Hollywood in 1989, Brad Mays worked in a variety of capacities: screenwriter, script doctor, post production supervisor, producer,editor and director. He also staged a number of highly-acclaimed and award-nominated theatrical productions: JOAN by Linda Chambers, The PERSECUTION and ASSASSINATION of JEAN-PAUL MARAT as PERFORMED by the INMATES of the ASYLUM of CHARENTON UNDER the DIRECTION of the MARQUIS deSADE by Peter Weiss, a highly controversial multimedia production of Anthony Burgess' A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and the critically acclaimed 1997 hit production of Euripides' THE BACCHAE, which he adapted to film in 2002.
In 2008, Mays completed work on the documentary film SING*ularity, a portrait of Ann Baltz's world-famous OperaWorks training program for classical vocalists. Mays' 2008 romantic comedy feature, THE WATERMELON, was featured at the 2008 San Diego Film Festival,was recipient of the "Diamond Award" at the 2011 California Film Festival, and is currently in national distribution. Other films include the feature-length political documentary THE AUDACITY of DEMOCRACY, the multiple award-winning short A WAY BACK IN, the award-nominated 2011 comedy web series CUSTOMER DISS-SERVICE, and the 2012 comedy short, THE DONUT SHOP, winner of "The People's Choice Award" at the 2012 San Francisco Black Film Festival, and "Best Comedy" at the 2013 San Diego Black Film Festival.
In 2009, Mays was invited by producer Annie Wong to participate - along with Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka, theatre scholar Richard Schechner, and acclaimed actor Alan Cumming - in a discussion about THE BACCHAE for the acclaimed PBS series AN INVITATION TO WORLD LITERATURE, which is
now a permanent feature of Annenberg Media's educational website.
May's most recent feature films are the documentary I GREW UP IN PRINCETON, a unique exploration of what life was like in the shadow of one of the world's great universities during the cultural and political upheavals of the late 60s/early 70s; ROAD RAGE,a bleak comedy about falling in hate, which premiered in March of 2016; AIDEN'S BUTTERFLIES, a short film portrait ofa young boy who is doing his part to save Moncarch Butterflies from extinction; and JUBILATE TREGO, a loving feature tribute to one of the greatest American choral directors of the 20th century. He is currently in pre-production on two feature films, HARRY and CLAIRE, an almost tragic love story; and TWO TRENTONS, a feature documentary about a city's struggle to survive.
A gifted artist from early girlhood, Barbara Curtis brings taste, imagination, an open mind, and an advanced sense of aesthetic possibilities to every project she undertakes. From her breathtakingly realistic drawings to her work in graphic arts and film, Ms. Curtis is known for her willingness to put in long hours in order to achieve perfection. After graduating as an art major from the University of Arizona, Ms. Curtis embarked on a career teaching English at a performing arts high school, with an emphasis on drama. In 1990, she began working full time as a graphic artist, eventually founding Herbstone Design in 2000.
Over the years, Ms. Curtis has received recognitions and honors from the University Medical Center at Princeton and the Princeton HealthCare System. She is also the recipient of the Komen for the Cure Super Star Award. Barbara Curtis has created logos and branding images for such diverse clients as Baltimore / Washington Area Boarding Schools; the Flint Hill School of Oakton, VA; PrincetonKIDS; Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and the Breast Cancer Resource Center, YWCA Princeton.
Ms. Curtis is also the creator the immensely popular HUNTING HENRY page on Facebook, with over 70,000 devoted followers worldwide, with calendars and three beautifully illustrated books to date: The Adventures of Hunting Henry, The Continuing Adventures of Hunting Henry and The Magical World of Hunting Henry In 2012, Ms. Curtis entered into a successful partner ship with filmmaker Brad Mays, taking charge of all advertising and key art duties, as well as all related film graphics, CGI special effects, and texts.
She has also taken the duties of camera operation and editing, for which she shows a formidable aptitude. Various clients include: Baltimore Washington Area Boarding Schools; The Chasers - Kenyon College; Community
Connection of Princeton HealthCare System, Princeton, NJ; Corner House - Princeton, NJ;D&R Greenway Land Trust; ebb - Hopewell, NJ; Environmental Education Fund; Flint Hill School - Oakton, VA; Fulton County Medical Center, Pennsylvania; Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA; The Hun School of Princeton, NJ; J. Seward Johnson Foundation; Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Princeton, NJ; Lambertville Historical Society, NJ; Lambertville Public Library, NJ; LightSong Films, Hollywood, CA; Mercer Street Friends, NJ; Princeton Day School, Princeton, NJ; Princeton HealthCare System, Princeton, NJ; PrincetonKIDS, Princeton, NJ; Princeton Medical Group, Princeton, NJ; Princeton Office Solutions, Princeton, NJ; Princeton Online, Princeton, NJ; River Bank; Small Boarding School Association of America; Saint James School, St. James, MD; University Medical Center at Princeton, NJ; YWCA Princeton, Princeton, NJ; VIP, Ringoes, NJ. Ms. Curtis' films include I GREW UP in PRINCETON, ROAD RAGE, AIDEN'S BUTTERFLIES, JUBILATE TREGO, and TWO TRENTONS.