Multer & Multer are Dramatists Guild Fellows (2011 Chicago) and Steve was a finalist for the 2014 Kleban Prize (Lyrics.) Their first musical, code name: CYNTHIA ( received its premiere production in 2015 with Pallas Theatre Collective in Washington, DC. 

code name: CYNTHIA was presented at the 2015 Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. The show was a semi-finalist for the 2012 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Conference, a finalist for the 2013 ASCAP New Musical Theatre Festival at the Lied Center, and a semi-finalist for the 2014 National Musical Theatre Conference at the O'Neill. Workshops and developmental public readings have been produced by Chicago Dramatists, Porchlight Music Theatre, Chicago college of Performing Arts, Ball State University, Point Park University, and the INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM in Washington where the project was inspired. 

 The team's new musical, Buried in Prosperity, begins development Spring 2016. 

Songwriters & Musical Theatre Writers

Steve & Karen Multer (ASCAP, AEA, Dramatists Guild) are two-time winners of the Billboard World Song Contest (Jazz,) three-time winners in the Great American Song Contest (Variety,) have received radio airplay in over 150 jazz and A/C markets worldwide, are featured on 3 SONY/BMG compilation disc releases, and are 10-time ASCAPlus Award recipients (2005-2014.) They've  licensed songs for TV and film including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS), Entourage (HBO), and Legally Blondes (MGM/ABC.)  Two full-length original studio albums with vocal jazz quartet, TONIC, were hailed by Variety, Jazz Review, AMG, Cy Coleman, and Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

A tight, effective musical. A diverting and solidly crafted show... whose romance, glamor and high-stakes suspense seem gifts from the espionage-tale gods.
— The Washington Post


Karen & Steve are artistic board members of FWD Theatre Project (, a festival of works in development dedicated to delivering  new musicals to Chicago for the benefit of the art form and the city's rich theatre community.

Multer & Multer spent a decade performing across the country in regional Equity theatre before meeting onstage in 1993 at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Chicago. They spent their acting careers at The Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Evergreen Park, Candlelight, Stages St. Louis, The Barn, The Lyric Theatre, Beef n' Boards, Wagon Wheel, The New London Barn, Lambs Players, and many others before migrating to songwriting.