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 ...and here we are today.


JAHNNA N. MALCOLM is the pen name of Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner. We met as actors at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1978 and were married three years later on the stage of the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle. (That's a picture of us in Shadow of a Gunman at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle.) We've been writing together almost from the moment we met, starting with radio and television commercials and later plays, musicals and interactive games. We've also written books for kids and young adults. Our first series, Bad News Ballet, was published by Scholastic in 1989. Since then we've published more than 130 books. Our musical adaptation of The Doll People by Laura Godwin and Ann M. Martin, enjoyed a successful premiere at Smith College in October 2014. In 2015 our musical adaptation of the beloved story The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was published by Playscripts. When we're not writing, Jahnna directs plays and Malcolm narrates audiobooks. We live in Ashland, Oregon but enjoy going on adventures with our grown son Dash and daughter Skye.

Photo Credits: Chris Bennion (upper), Cornelius Matteo (lower)