EXCLUSIVE: Theater veterans Michael Mayer and Stephen Karam have signed with WME. Mayer received a Tony Award for his direction of Spring Awakening and was nominated for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie. Karam is best known for writing Sons Of The Prophet, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and won Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play. The pair come from CAA, as the one-upsmanship continues between Hollywood’s two top talent agencies. Now the competition seems to be spreading to New York, where things aren’t nearly as rabid.

Mayer’s long list of Broadway shows includes American Idiot, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, the Pulitzer-winning ‘night Mother, Everyday Rapture, After The Fall, An Almost Holy Picture, Uncle Vanya, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Side Man and Triumph Of Love. Mayer has also been attached to direct the feature version of American Idiot that Playtone has been developing, and he was consulting producer and director for NBC’s Smash as well as Do No Harm. Colin Farrell and Robin Wright Penn starred in his film-directing debut A Home At The End Of The World and he went on to direct Flicka.

For Karam, his other plays include Speech & Debate, the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground; columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop); and Girl On Girl (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep). He wrote the libretto for Dark Sisters, an original chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly co-produced by Gotham Chamber Opera, MTG and Opera Company of Philadelphia.

Mayer continues to be represented by his attorney Alan Hergott. Karam will also stay with his lawyers Nancy Rose and David Berlin.