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Sarah Durkee

Since her days of performing and writing comedy for National Lampoon shows and platinum-earning songs for Meat Loaf, Sarah Durkee has had a successful career writing scripts and songs for children's television for more than 25 years. With composer Paul Jacobs, she's written Emmy-winning songs for Sesame Street, performed by artists as diverse as Mel Torm, Kermit the Frog, Brian McKnight and Trisha Yearwood. Her script writing and songwriting have been regularly featured on Between the Lions, Dora the Explorer, Arthur, Peep and the Big Wide World, Wonder Pets and others, and she won her fifth Emmy award in 2009 for her writing for Between the Lions. Her writing for the new claymation series Bert and Ernie's Great Adventures is additionally featured on Sesame Street and currently in the new preschool music-based series Lomax, the Hound of Music. Durkee also co-authored the adult satire The Book of Sequels with her fellow Lampoon alumni Chris Cerf, Henry Beard and Sean Kelly, and she is the author of the young adult novel The Fruit Bowl Project, a favorite of writer's workshop teachers in its entertaining exploration of genre and style. Present projects include a musical adaptation of Kate Feiffer's children's book My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, and she's thrilled to be getting back to her roots in children's theatre. She's married to composer Paul Jacobs, with whom she's collaborated on two kids.

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