About Bad Wolf Press
Bad Wolf Press is a tiny publishing company that hopes someday to grow to
How Did Bad Wolf Get Started?
Bad Wolf was started in 1995 by lyricist John Heath and composer Ron Fink.
They met in 6th grade and started writing songs together
in high school, which was a
very long time ago!
John and Ron wrote their first kids' musical (Jack and the Beanstalk)
in 1992 for a first grade teacher in Camarillo, CA. Response was extremely
positive and the writers did another show the next year. Kids had a great time,
parents got excited, and teachers began to talk. John and Ron started contacting
publishers, all of which turned them down. But, not to be thwarted, eventually
they forged ahead and started publishing on their own.
In 2011—fifteen years, more than 50 shows and 100,000 productions
later—we lost Ron. Ron will always be at the heart of Bad Wolf, and we are so fortunate to continue to have the support of his family and contributions from the same cadre of talented friends and musicians as before, led by composer and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Fishell.
John continues as the Bad Wolf Word Guy. He's also a classics professor
at Santa Clara University, which means he teaches Latin and ancient Greek,
along with the literature of the period. He likes to play banjo for his dog,
wife, and daughters.
John's wife, Lisa, is now the one keeping the hamsters running at Bad
Wolf headquarters. Lisa writes some of the lyrics and dialogue for our new shows, and she's the one you'll be forced to talk to if you email or call us.
Bad Wolf continues to believe that education should be fun, challenging,
and participatory, and we will keep listening carefully to teachers so that
we can produce shows that fulfill a clear need in the classroom.
Back to Top
What Makes Bad Wolf Plays Work?
Bad Wolf shows are filled with facts (i.e. mandated curriculum) but the story
and the humor combined with music and rhyme do their stuff to help your kids
understand and retain what they need to remember.
It's our patented formula:
Entertaining Story + Music/Rhyme =
Over and over again, teachers tell us that the songs are infectious, and once
they get "stuck" in their students' heads, the curriculum is successfully
"When they are having so much fun and learn, too, how can it fail? The
setting and the songs are disturbingly catchy. Do you know how many times I've
woken up and immediately began singing in my mind, "We Were Punctuation
--- Helena Signora, 2nd Grade Teacher, Holy Trinity School, Comstock Park,
Back to Top
How Does Bad Wolf Come Up With This Stuff?
We'd like to take full credit for the ingenious combinations of school subjects
and silly settings, but actually many of our ideas come from you, the teachers
of America. We are always hunting down the next frontier of curriculum resuscitation.What
else can we bring to life for you? For instance, do you notice the glazing
over of students' eyes as you teach a particular subject? Let us know about
it and we'll make it fodder for our next play.
Speaking of humor, just where do the best Bad Wolf jokes come from? It used
to be that great jokes were everywhere, ripe for the taking. No longer. Nowadays
the finest source of educational humor is South America's Andes Mountains.
And so Bad Wolf employs 27 workers to mine their claim in those distant snowy
mountains, working from sunup to sundown to find and select really dumb jokes
that will enliven the musical scripts.
"Thank you for your horribly delicious wacko humor."
--- Jocelyn Gooch, Music/Enrichment Teacher James Garfield School, San Leandro,
So you can be certain that the play will be memorable and full of great humor.
Bad Wolf guarantees it.
Feel free to phone or email to tell us how we can better serve you.