Creative Team

photo Julie Dunlap and Sara Stotts on set at KC Live 2015

Playwrights/Producers Julie Dunlap and Sara Stotts

... met as college students at the University of Kansas while writing a short musical for the university’s variety show, “Rock Chalk Revue.” They quickly formed a lifelong friendship built on a shared love of musical theatre, quarter draws and a special crush on Air Supply. 

Julie, a Kansas City native and mother of five (plus a new daughter-in-law!), spent the following decades with her husband, Dave, using her Human Biology degree to make her own humans. After blogging about her adventures in motherhood, she was picked up by the Lawrence Journal-World to write a weekly humor column. Within three years, though, she no longer felt 500 words each week sufficiently expressed the stories that made up her days a mom. 

Sara, a mother of two, grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma (an actual place on the map). After graduating from KU, Sara earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University. While in Chicago, she studied improvisation at both the Annoyance Theater and The Second City. There, she seasoned her funny bone and honed her music writing skills as the former front woman of the funk-blues band, Chubby Nothin’ and the Bone.

After 20+ years of friendship and a shared appreciation for the uncensored realities of motherhood, the two teamed up to write MotherFreakingHood! with the primary goal of celebrating unsung heroes through unsung songs. The musical comedy became a labor of love; they found that writing a musical, like motherhood itself, is an adventure best shared with friends.

Julie resides in Lawrence, KS with her husband and their recently-empty nest. In between freelance writing gigs, she enjoys piano performance/accompaniment around town and avoids laundry with the help of Wordle. Learn more about Julie in her interview with Theater in the Now

Sara resides in Wilmette, IL with her husband and their two kids. She owns and practices physical therapy at Millennium Wellness Group in downtown Chicago and often treats her patients to musical numbers while torturing them with rehab. Learn more about Sara in her interview with Theater in the Now 

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Director/Producer Heidi Van

... is an actor, creator and producer of contemporary experimental live theatre. She is the founder of Fishtank Theatre, Inc, a stalwart in the Kansas City arts community, which has been nurturing local artists and entrepreneurship in the arts since 2009. Heidi has been an integral part of MotherFreakingHood! development, playing Rachel in the 2014 AEA reading and directing the 2015 AEA production, both in Kansas City. In 2019, Heidi opened The Black Box, an ever-evolving stage in Kansas City's West Bottoms. She leads with experience, wit and creativity both within the theater and in her favorite role: as a mother of three. Learn more about Heidi in her interview with VoyageKC