Stan has been preparing for a career in entertainment since the age of 10, when he created his very own television network in his bedroom (counter programming, t.v. grid, advertising, you name it) in Southfield, Michigan. He even penned a monthly TV column for his junior high school newspaper.
After attending Cranbrook Summer Theatre School for five seasons and Hampton Playhouse for two, Stan headed to New York to get his BFA at NYU/Circle-in-the-Square drama program. He appeared on Broadway dancing behind Rudolph Nureyev and the Joffrey Ballet in Homage to Diaghilev at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. If you look closely you can see him in such films as The Chosen, Zelig and Risky Business. Stan worked in casting before moving to Los Angeles, where he's been part of one of the longest running comedy writing teams, Zimmerman & Berg.
Along with James Berg, Stan's worked on many television series, including season one of The Golden Girls, Brothers, Fame, Hooperman, Something Wilder, Roseanne, Wanda at Large and the highly successful fifth season of Gilmore Girls. They penned the "Norman Mailer, I'm Pregnant" episode. Z&B (as they're also known) have 2 WGA nominations to their credit -- "Rose's Mother" from The Golden Girls and the other for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", the infamous lesbian kiss episode of Roseanne.
Besides write and producing many television pilots, Z&B rewrote the Emmy and Peabody award winning Annie for ABC. They have also written for film, including both Brady Bunch movies. The Brady Bunch Movie was honored by American Cinematheque. The Q&A panel with Jim, Stan, Shelley Long, Gary Cole and director Betty Thomas can be seen on youtube.com. Z&B created and exec produced two seasons of Rita Rocks, a half hour comedy series on Lifetime starring Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV). The complete first season is out on DVD. In 2013, they rewrote Christmas Bounty an ABC Family movie. Z&B most recent project is Skirtchasers, a 5 part webseries now streaming on tellofilms.com. The comedy stars Elizabeth Keener (The L Word), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Meredith Baxter (Family Ties). Stan made his scripted directing debut with this project, alongside Amanda Bearse, who also directed the series. Streaming now is secs & EXECS, a 6 part webseries for tellofilms, written by Jim & Stan and directed by Stan. It stars Sandra Bernhard, Daniela Bobadilla, Olivia d'Abo, Parvesh Cheena, Natalie Dreyfuss, Bayne Gibby, Miguel Pinzon, Matthew Smith, Travina Springer and Mindy Sterling.
Stan returned to the theatre to direct the 30th anniversary revival of Gemini starring Stephanie Faracy, Peter Onorati, Mindy Sterling and Joel Michaely at Celebration Theatre, A Tuna Christmas (LA Times Critics' Choice and 2 StageSceneLA awards) with Mindy Sterling and Patrick Bristow at Theatre Asylum, Spike Heels (3 StageSceneLA awards including Best Director) at Actors Circle Theatre, Larry Blum's solo show BLINK & You Might Miss Me at Asylum Lab, Hollywood Fringe, SF Fringe, Vancouver's Chutzpah Festival, Hunters in Palm Springs, two successful performances at the Renberg Theatre in Hollywood, RSVP cruise and XL Cabaret in NYC. Stan won rave reviews for Entertaining Mr. Sloane (7 StageSceneLA awards including Best Director) starring Ian Buchanan, Olivia d'Abo, Emhrys Cooper and Robin Gammell at the Actors Company. BroadwayWorld recently honored both of Stan's productions. Sloane won 3 -- including Best Play, Best Lead Actress-Olivia d'Abo and Person to Watch-Emrhys Cooper. BLINK won 2 -- Best Director and Best Lead Actor. He directed 2 shows for Hollywood Fringe 2014 -- Susannah Blinkoff in Daughter Of... a musical memoir featuring her own original songs and her mom's, Carol Hall (Best Little Whorehouse, Free to Be You and Me) at Three Clubs Lounge and MEET & GREET, a new comedy play written with Christian McLaughlin. After their sold out run and winning Fringe's Encore Producers' Award and 3 Robbie Award nominations (Best Comedy, Best Director for a Comedy & Best Ensemble), the show moved to a full production at Theatre Asylum-Elephant Space. It ran for 5 months to packed houses with a cast that included Daniele Gaither (Mad TV), Teresa Ganzel (The Tonight Show), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood), Vicki Lewis (Newsradio), Brendan Robinson (Pretty Little Liars). The show garnered rave reviews and 3 Scenie Awards from StageSceneLA honoring the play, direction and ensemble work. Stan also recieved a nomination for Best Direction (Local Production-LA) from BroadwayWorld.com. The play recently had 2 staged readings at NYC's Jerry Orbach Theatre. The cast inlcuded Rachel Dratch, Teresa Ganzel, Isabel Keating, Sherri Shepherd and Michael Urie. Last summer Stan directed Warm Cheese, Teresa Thome's autobiorgraphical one woman show. Stan directed the World Premiere of Paul Shoulberg's play, Synthesis, which garnered rave reviews at the Dorie Theatre @The Complex in Hollywood. His next play is Yes, Virginia, which he directed and co-wrote with Christian McLaughlin. It stars Mindy Sterling & Ellia English (Curb Your Enthusiasm). It runs April 6-30 -- Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays @8, Sundays @3 at Studio C on Theatre Row in LA. For tickets:https://yes-virginia.eventbrite.com
Stan conceived, adapted and directed, SUICIDE NOTES: In Their Own Words, which won a Hollywood Fringe Festival 2015 Encore Producers' Award. The show starred Oliva d'Abo, Allie Gonino, Peter Onorati, Brendan Robinson. It's a one hour theatre piece in the vein of The Vagina Monlogoues and Love Letters. Contact Stan via this website if you want to produce the play in your area to raise awareness about this important issue. There will be an all star benefit performance of the play, now entitled Right Before I Go, in NYC, Sunday evening September 10 (Suicide Prevention Day). Further details to follow.
Stan directed the music video for the band Whore's Mascara's song "All I Want". It played in Outfest's BOOM! Music Festival and aired on LOGO's New Now Next series. It was nominated for 3 PILL Awards (including Best Video and Best Director) and had a cameo by Laverne Cox.
Stan directed 3 SOLD OUT staged readings of IT'S ON!, the tv theme song musical he conceived and co-wrote (with Christian McLaughlin). It played at NYMF at the new Signature Theatre on W. 42nd St. in NYC. The cast included Jenna Leigh Green, Colin Hanlon, Curt Hansen, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Mindy Sterling. Special guest stars were Michael Urie and Paige Davis. www.itsonthemusical.com Stan directed the first reading at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre starring James Carpinello, Nolan Funk, Megan Hilty, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mindy Sterling and Alan Thicke. Christian and Stan wrote for the 21st DIVAS Simply Singing benefit at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, which featured an original "Dreamgirls" reunion and the 22nd DIVAS show at the Nokia Theatre. Their first comedy play MEET & GREET, had a SOLD OUT staged reading as part of The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series. The cast included Amanda Bearse, Teresa Ganzel, Carolyn Hennesy, John Paul Karliak and Kym Whitley. Their circumcision comedy, Knife to the Heart, has been optioned by Steve Abrahms and is booked for a Chicago run in Fall 2017. Wendie Malick is set to star with Garry Griffin directing.
On his own, Stan wrote for Emmy Magazine and appeared on camera as co-host/showrunner on Situation: Comedy, a Project Greenlight-type show about the making of a sitcom pilot. The series, co-produced by Sean Hayes (Will and Grace), aired on Bravo. Under his solo production company Zimmerman Entertainment, he sold a half hour single cam comedy pilot, The New Twenty, written by Vanessa Parise to ABC Family and a first sale for Laura Eichhorn and their half hour comedy, 15 To Life to YouTubeRed. In a full circle moment, Stan spent four months of 2015 in Moscow helping develop a Russian Roseanne pilot. It\'s been greenlit by the network, CTC.
In another one of Stan's many full circle moments, he can be seen acting again in Jay Zaretsky's short film, Uno Mas on Funny or Die. He also appeared in multiple epsiodes of Oxygen's All the Right Moves, a dance reality show starring Travis Wall (So You Think You Can Dance). Stan is a frequent co-host on Ethan Dettenmaier's weekly Combat Radio show and On the Rocks with Alexander Rodriguez (UBN, I Heart Radio). He has also been a guest on Sirius' Frank DeCaro Show, The Derek & Romaine Show and can be heard on the podcast, Out on the Lanai. This past October, Stan was a guest on panels for The Golden Girls at Disneyland and for Gilmore Girls at a Fan Festival in Washington Depot, CT.