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Creative partners since 1984, Joe Romano and

Susan Elliott have more than fifty years experience collectively writing and performing for children. As music director for the Texas Theatre Foundation, Joe wrote three original musicals, which toured Texas and Louisiana; he has been a contributing songwriter for Sesame Street since 1978. Susan is an award-winning studio singer whose recordings for Silver Burdett and Ginn have been used in public school systems throughout the world.

Together, they toured with the multiracial, bilingual

children’s theatre company, Nuestro Teatro, in New York City, and directed the world premier of Joe’s original bilingual, children’s musical, The Ghost of La Llorona,

co-written with Rodney Rincon and commissioned by Express Theatre of Houston for its 1995 touring season. They have written television scripts for an experimental science program, WUFNIKS! (NEON, Inc. New York), commissioned by the National Science Foundation and funded in part by the National Endowment For Children’s Educational Television (NECET), and filmed two pilots

for a pre-school television series entitled, ddog’s house, featuring Joe’s original compositions and developed by Emmy Award-winning producer, Al Hyslop (Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street, 3-2-1 Contact).

When the duo decided to produce an album of original

music for kids in the fall of 1993, many of Houston’s best musicians were eager to participate in the project; the result was the formation of The Non-Toxic Band and the release of their first independent recording, It All Comes Together Right Here (Monzo Music ASCAP). Recommended by Scholastic Books of New York as supplemental educational material for teachers, It All Comes Together Right Here received favorable national reviews in USA Today, School Library Journal and the American Library Association’s Booklist. NTB’s highly anticipated second CD, It’s A Good Day, was released November 2, 2012.

Susan and Joe both teach private music lessons and are

performing artists in residence at Writers in the Round, in

Houston. They were honored to write the 2010 Texas Reading Club Theme Song, Catch The Reading Express!, for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Watch the video here!