Kirsten Childs is a veteran performer who has gained recognition as a playwright and lyricist in musical theater. She won an Obie for The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (2000). Her first full-length musical was Northstar (with composer Laurie Uguccioni). Childs is the co-writer of Sundiata, Lion King of Mali, and she adapted the 19th century poem, The Highwayman, for the McCarterTheater at Princeton University. As a performer, Childs co-starred with Chita Rivera in the musical Chicago, co-starred with Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in the film See No Evil, Hear No Evil, and performed on Broadway in Dancin’, Jerry’s Girls, and Sweet Charity. She has also written songs for jazz singer Dianne Reeves. Her honors include the Edward Kleban Award and the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theatre Award. A native of Los Angeles, Childs graduated from New York University’s Musical Theater Writing Program.