Board of Directors
- Starr Parodi – President
- Catherine Joy – Vice President, Operations
- Sharon Farber – Vice President, Outreach
- Ariel Marx – Secretary
- Chanda Dancy – Fundraising
- Thomas Mikusz – Treasurer
- Allyson Newman
- Anne-Kathrin Dern
- Esin Ozlem Aydingoz
- Laura Karpman
- Lolita Ritmanis
- Miriam Cutler
- Nami Melumad
- Ronit Kirschman
- Stephanie Economou
- Tori Letzler
- Ashley Olauson – Executive Director
- Chandler Poling/ White Bear PR, Press
- Christy Carew-Marshall, Membership Coordinator
- Hope Bartimioli Thal, Director of Communications
- Verona Gillespie, Webmaster
A bold, incandescent talent, Laura Karpman is an award-winning composer and a tireless champion for women in music. With a doctorate from Juilliard, she brings a uniquely vivid, conceptual voice to her body of work that spans film, television, concert halls, theater and video games.
The four-time Emmy winner’s previous film and television credits include the Netflix fan-favorite romantic comedy, Set It Up, Eleanor Coppola’s Paris Can Wait, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club Encore, Fox Searchlight’s Step and Black Nativity, WGN America’s award-winning historical drama series Underground, PBS’ Peabody award-winning series Craft in America, and HBO’s Regarding Susan Sontag.
Across concert halls, Karpman is best known for her GRAMMY Award-winning album, Ask Your Mama, a multimedia opera based on an iconic cycle of poems by Langston Hughes, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Karpman collaborated with The Roots and opera singer Jessye Norman on the piece. Karpman’s concert music has been commissioned and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Concordia, the American Composers’ Orchestra, Metropole Orkest, Northwest Sinfonia, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as the Detroit, Houston, National, New York Youth, Richmond, and El Paso Symphonies. Additional credits include Siren Songs, The Hidden World of Girls, One Ten Project, Different Lanes, The Transitive Property of Equality, Waxing Nostalgic and Now All Set.
Upcoming, Karpman’s work will be heard in the female-led drama series, L.A.’s Finest, starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba, the Discovery Channel docuseries Why We Hate and the independent film Miss Virginia, starring Uzo Aduba.
In 2014, Karpman founded The Alliance for Women Film Composers; in 2015, she became the third woman inducted into the music branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and one year later, Karpman was elected the first female governor of the music branch.
A passionate educator, Karpman served as a professor at UCLA in the School of Theater, Film, and Television From 2005-2009. In 2012, she launched the first Master’s degree film-scoring program at Berklee College of Music, where she taught videogame scoring as well as film composition. Karpman has lectured at The Juilliard School, USC, UCLA, Mills College, Berklee College of Music, Emerson College and The Tides Momentum Leadership Conference. Karpman also serves as an advisor for the Sundance Film Scoring Labs and is on the faculty of the USC Film Scoring Program and the New Media and Music Technology Program at the San Francisco Conservatory.
Currently, Karpman resides in Los Angeles with her wife, son and two dogs.
Emmy nominated composer Miriam Cutler is passionate about documentaries. Her work includes HBO, CNN, PBS, Sundance, Emmy, and Oscar nominated films: RBG, LOVE GILDA, THE HUNTING GROUND, ETHEL, LOST IN LA MANCHA, THIN, POSTER GIRL, VITO, KINGS POINT, GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB, A PLASTIC OCEAN, and more. Co-Produced and Scored DARK MONEY and ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT. Advisor/ Sundance Documentary Composers Lab, doc juror for Sundance FF, Spirit Awards, AFI, and more. AMPAS Documentary Branch member, Film Expert/USC Cinema/US State Department’s American Film Showcase. Current TV Academy Music Branch Exec committee member, Long-time former SCL Board Member, Co-produced live jazz albums including Joe Williams, Nina Simone, Shirley Horn, Marlena Shaw.
For more information please visit www.miriamcutler.com
Lolita Ritmanis is a 10-time Emmy Award-nominated composer, having won this award in 2002 for her work on Batman Beyond. Lolita was awarded the BMI Champion Award in 2018. Lolita’s symphonic work “Overture to Light” received it’s U.S. premiere at Carnegie Hall on October 7th, 2017. Other concert works, as well as four original musicals, have been performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Taiwan and Australia. Her music has been performed at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, as well as at international film music festivals in Krakow- Poland, Tenerife – Canary Islands, and Ubeda -Spain. Lolita is the president of the Alliance for Women Film Composers and is a founding member of Dynamic Music Partners. Currently composing music for Warner Bros. “Young Justice”, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, and recently completing the score for Wild DaZe, featuring Jane Goodall, other composition credits include: Justice League, Ben 10, Spectacular Spider-Man, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Killing Joke (starring Mark Hamill), Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Mayhem of the Music Meister, starring Neil Patrick Harris. Lolita received her education at the Dick Grove School of Music, specializing in film scoring. Lolita is married to music producer and engineer Mark Mattson. They have three children and live in Los Angeles.
Chandler Poling is the Co-Founder and President of White Bear PR, a Public Relations firm specializing in Publicity for Composers, Music Supervisors, and Film & Music Festivals around the world. Chandler has run successful Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, BAFTA and Emmy campaigns securing nominations and wins for his clients. His clients have been featured in national and international publications, such as Time Magazine, Vanity Fair, New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The Guardian, LA Times, and Rolling Stone Magazine to name just a few. He created the first ever composer-focused panel at Comic-Con San Diego, the World’s Largest Pop Culture Convention. These panels are now an ongoing tradition – a platform for composers to discuss their craft and meet their fans. In addition to producing and moderating panels, Chandler has been invited to give lectures on PR for Composers at Berklee College of Music, Royal College of Music, USC, Krakow Film Music Festival, SoundTrack_Cologne, the World Soundtrack Awards Industry Days, and others. www.whitebearpr.com