HomeStan Productions

HomeStan Productions Inc is an entertainment development and production company founded by Ben Mittleman in 2007, who also founded Action For Kids LLC (AFK).

AFK, a multimedia children’s entertainment company, produced pro-social theatrical programs in venues throughout the world. Founded in 1989 on the premise that one positive pro-social event in a child’s life can be the catalyst to spark change in their thoughts and values. AFK programs endeavor to open a dialog over social issues with kids, their peers, parents and teachers, highlighting the belief that kids are the best role models for other kids.

AFK began featuring the Marvel superheroes in a stage production to fight drug abuse. Performed in an extended run at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., Through That Door, earned the endorsement of the Just Say No Foundation and Hope For a Drug-Free America.

Subsequent productions include Lenny and Lori (The Lion and The Lamb) a tolerance awareness program, which was developed in conjunction with The Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance and the Drip Dudes, an interactive environmental musical comedy. These programs have earned the endorsement of The American Academy of Pediatrics, The Child Welfare League of America, The US Committee for UNICEF, The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the McLaren Hall for Abused Children and The U.S. Army Community Service Against Violence. Both shows played at schools and special events across the United States.

It is the goal of HomeStan Productions to expand the scope, enrichment and guidance of our youth with the knowledge that the 21st Century will be molded by the values we nurture in our children today.

Ben Mittleman

At Franklin and Marshall College, the theater seduced Ben to raise his voice to confront difficult social issues. A production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine revealed his passion and potential to affect the social conscience. He trained professionally as an actor in NYC and appeared in classical productions at The Circle in the Square Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Long Wharf Theatre and Colorado Shakespeare Festival, as well as Off-broadway and in regional theatre.

He moved to Los Angeles working for over 25 years and guest starring on shows including Cheers, Frasier, Cagney and Lacey, L.A.Law, Wings, Hooperman and Remington Steele.. He starred in the feature films Moving Violations for 20th Century Fox and HBO’S The Heist.

During this time he founded Action For Kids (AFK) to produce theatrical programs that cultivate positive values in children and families. AFK found acclaim in collaborations with the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance, The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, The U.S. Committee for UNICEF and the FBI. Mittleman first stepped behind the camera for AFK in a joint venture with Ruben Preuss on the documentary film The Youngest Guns about two NBA rookies who leave school early forgoing further formal education. Sports Illustrated put the documentary on it’s “Best of the Year” list in 2005. Ben then directed and produced the documentary film Dying to Live-the journey into a man’s open heart, which the New York Times reviewed as, “A personal exploration of mortality and how the demands of maturity can make themselves known at nearly any age.”

Ben is excited to be reconnected with his childhood friend Susan Edwards Martin in their collaboration on the Lenny and Lori’s “America’s Got Tolerance Show.”

Susan Edwards Martin

Susan Edwards Martin was born on Long Island, New York and discovered her passion for performing at the age of 4. Susan and Ben Mittleman both grew up on Wishbone Lane in Wantagh, New York, and have known each other since kindergarten.

Susan went on to earn her Associate of Arts Degree from Nassau Community College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama from Hofstra University.

Since then, she has attained notoriety as an accomplished singer, composer, musician, actress and teacher. She has appeared in many award-winning Broadway & Off-Broadway shows such as Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Suicide, The Magic Show and Scrambled Feet, to name a few. Her favorite was originating the role of Lady Blues in the Tony Award winning Broadway play, TORCH SONG TRILOGY

She has appeared in numerous television shows, commercials & performs her one-woman act locally & nationally. Many of her songs from her act have been compiled on a CD entitled SIMPLY SUSAN.

After moving to California, Edwards Martin and Mittleman, joined forces in the second incarnation of the Lenny & Lori Show, where Susan and writing partner, Alphonse Ranaudo, created the music for “Lenny & Lori’s, America’s Got Tolerance Show.”

Susan has been coaching children and adults in vocal performance both in New York and Los Angeles.You can visit her website to find out more about her at

Ms. Edwards Martin, has composed music for a Korean children’s music company, has thousands of hits on YouTube with her original song “Thank you, I love you”, was the director of the chorus at Colfax Charter Elementary School, and can currently be seen on two national commercials for DirecTV and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Most recently, Susan is very proud to have co-produced and directed with Ben Mittleman,  the Walter Reed’s 7th Grade Advanced Choir’s Production of the “Lenny & Lori’s America’s Got Tolerance Show”.

Susan resides in Los Angeles with her husband Peter Martin, author of eBook “How to Be Your Dog’s Best Friend” and their 12 year old son Nick.

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