Meet the Team - BWW Visual Arts
Barry Kostrinsky is the founder of Haven Arts Gallery a large gallery and performance space that reinvigorated the South Bronx arts scene from 2004-2009. The Municipal Arts Society (MAS) awarded haven Arts a certificate of merit in 2006. Barry has contributed to a variety of panels including a NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Percent for art program, and a Bronx Museum symposium for the Artist in the Artists in Marketplace (AIM) program. Barry formed and moderated a talk for the Artists Talk on Art(ATOA) Series at The School of Visual arts (SVA) that discussed the history of contemporary arts in the Bronx. Currently Barry serves as a member of the Arts in Public Places (AIPP) committee for Rockland County. His past experiences managing a family run manufacturing company in the South Bronx for 20+ years gives him a uniquely balanced view of the art world. He worked in finance and banking from 2010-2013 for a small independent company and then for Bank of America. As a result he sees the art world from both the aesthetic side and the financial market it is. As an artist Barry has exhibited in group shows in NYC. He works in a variety of medium including oil paints, acrylics, watercolor,photography and mixed medium. Where as the oil paintings are mostly plein-air works not unlike the impressionists and post-impressionist, his acrylic work is quite contemporary and often on found objects including car parts, light bulbs, beds and more. His photographic work ranges from serene nature shots, to street detritus and include playing with simple I-Phone applications to manipulate photos taken with his phone. He shoots with old fashioned polaroids and enjoys the restrictions compelled by the lack of choices with the toy like cameras. Barry special ability is to be able to see others artists work from the eyes of an artist and to dialogue with artists in a meaningful way about their art and where they are going. As a youth Barry was a math major at Vassar College and graduated in 1982. His High School days at New Rochelle High enabled him to develop his artists talents, Mr. Blackburn was an inspiring teacher. He spent the summer before senior year at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and had a firm footing in the arts before college. By chance Vassar had one of the best art history departments in the US and he studied with Linda Nochlin, Susan Kuretsky and in is rookie year, Ken Silver. He is a proud father of three grown kids ages 25,25 (twins is the way to start) and 20. Like so many of us he is recently divorced. Barry has a strong passion for all things arts related and his love for cooking and eating run a close second.
Born in London, Barry was introduced to theatre as a small boy, through being taken to see traditional Christmas pantomimes, as well as discovering jazz and fine music at a very young age. High school found him loving the works of Shakespeare, as well as many other great playwrights, poets and novelists. Moving to Australia, he became a jazz musician, playing with big bands and his own small groups, then attended the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide, playing with several orchestras. This led to playing in theatre pits, joining the chorus, playing character roles, playing lead roles (after moving into drama), then directing, set and lighting design, administrative roles on theatre boards and, finally, becoming a critic. After twenty years of writing he has now joined the Broadway World team to represent Adelaide, in South Australia. Barry is also a long time member of the prestigious Adelaide Critics Circle.
Bob Rizzo is an award-winning artist and prominent figure in New York dance, musical theater, and dance education. Bob has taught professional dance classes in NYC for more than 30 years at studios such as Broadway Dance Center, STEPS on Broadway, and Peridance. He also served on the faculties of the undergraduate Musical Theatre program at New York University and the Jazz Dance World Congress. Over his career, Bob has worked with thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to successful professional dance careers on Broadway, television and in film, most notably, Matthew Morrison of GLEE fame. Bob was also featured on the cover of Dance Teacher Magazine, which hailed him as the teacher of teachers, and he presently serves on the advisory board for Dance Spirit Magazine. As a director and choreographer his credits include more than 200 Musicals for the New York stage, national tours, summer stock and dinner theatre. His choreography has appeared on national television in commercials and popular daytime programs. Bob successfully juggles the roles of producer, director, choreographer, teacher, and entrepreneur. His Company, Riz-Biz Productions, is a leading producer of educational dance videos in the United States, with a catalog boasting more than 75 titles. Most recently Bob developed a new website, www.thedancecoach.com, which brings his love of teaching and coaching to the digital world. Dancers, teachers and choreographers can now access his considerable expertise online by uploading videos of their routines and selecting one of several options for personalized feedback from Bob Rizzo, The Dance Coach.
Chris McCormack is a theatre critic based in Dublin. He blogs on MusingsInIntermissions.blogspot.ie and writes for A Younger Theatre, Irish Theatre Magazine and the Arts Council of Ireland. He is also a PhD fellow at the National University of Ireland Galway where he is researching influential designers who worked at the Abbey Theatre.
Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website: www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL. Don is in his seventh year with BWW, currently serving as Senior Editor of the Los Angeles Page. He received a BWW Award for Excellence in 2014 as one of the top ten Regional Editors across the globe. Don is also an author/playwright and recently published Books I, II & III of his children's fable Two Worlds Together: Donnelly's Greatest Christmas. You may purchase copies of the two volumes at amazon.com Two one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness were just published, also on amazon.com He will re-publish Holiday Madness in February as a trilogy. Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.
Guest Blogger: Paul Gilbert
Paul is an Art lover, who likes to express his thoughts through drawing & paintings and by guiding beginners to achieve proficiency & success. He believes that Life is an Art, and everything we do in life is some kind of art.
Kaitlin Milligan is from Fort Lauderdale, FL, but is currently a Sophomore studying Telecommunications Production with a Minor in English at The University of Florida. She is interested in scriptwriting for Television, Film, and Theatre, and hopes to work in the entertainment business when she graduates.
Maria Rita Meli
Maria Rita Meli is an avid theatre fan and a lover of the arts who cannot think of a better way to spend an evening, or afternoon, than in the theatre.
Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for Broadwayworld.com on performance venues in New York and New Jersey. She is the Editor in Chief of BWW's Food & Wine World.com and the Senior New Jersey Editor. She also has a regular column in Fitnessworld.com, "Fit Food Finds," which discusses healthy eating. Her interest in fitness, dance, and theatre stem from the many years she owned and operated a dance school, "Dance Unlimited" in New Jersey in the late 70's and 80's. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for Broadwayworld.com.
Mark C. Lloyd
Mark C. LLoyd is a published Poet and a produced Playwright who resides in Lockport, New York. As a Playwright, Director, board member and production consultant he has worked with many theater companies in the Buffalo, New York area. To date he has directed over two dozen of his own one-act plays. In 2009 Mark won an award for Directing from the Theatre Association of New York State and in May of 2006he won the award for Writing "Hollywood Dreams-A Monologue?. He has been the featured reader and host at numerous Poetry events and has self-produced several artistic and theater productions. His self-published Poetry chap book from 2010 ?Warm Blooded Mornings? is still available for sale as well as his 2012 miniature book ?It?s The Place You?llFind Me? by Destitute Press. In 2013 Mark's book ?Unfinished Suite: Poetry & Prose? was released by No FrillsPublishing and was described as ?? Lloyd has mastered the art of living in each moment. He captures and brilliantly documents the details of those moments that most take for granted, as if he sees the future and recognizes the fortune in front of him. He breathes life into every day human interactions.? PresentlyMark is working on editing another book of Poetry, a Novella and two books of Plays as well as the possibility of Writing and Directing a few independent film projects.
After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.
Olga El is happy to combine her love of writing and dance for Broadway World. Taking a cue from her ballet-trained parents, she began studying dance at a young age but had to take hiatus from the dance world in her teens. At 17 she moved to NYC to study writing at Pratt Institute and began studying various forms of dance while earning her BFA. Since that time she has worked directly under the leadership of several dance companies in the genres of Modern/Contemporary, Ballet and Hip Hop as well as folkloric forms from around the world. She directs a political dance-theatre that was honored with a residency from the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in 2015 and has been presented across the NYC-Metro area. Olga's scriptwriting was recently solicited by a major Off-Broadway theatre.
Pat Cerasaro contributes exclusive scholarly columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Theatrical Throwback Thursdays, Flash Friday and Flash Special as well as additional special features, world premiere clips and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more. He also wrote and directed two sold-out 2014 BroadwayWorld charity concert events featuring all-star casts, EVERYTHING'S COMING UP BROADWAYWORLD.COM: A JULE STYNE TRIBUTE and THE LORD & THE MASTER: BROADWAYWORLD.COM SINGS THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER & STEPHEN SONDHEIM.
Patrick Kennedy serves as Lead Critic in the Visual Arts for BroadwayWorld. He regularly contributes reviews of museum and gallery exhibitions, performing arts events, and new art books. Active in the world of education and humanities scholarship, Patrick is also an Executive Editor at ILEX Publications and a professor at Kean University, where he teaches courses in international literature and research writing.
Roy Berko, a life-long Clevelander, holds degrees, through the doctorate from Kent State, University of Michigan and The Pennsylvania State University. Roy was an actor for many years, appearing in more than 16 plays, 8 TV commercials, and 3 films. He has directed more than 30 productions. A member of the American Critics Association, the Dance Critics Association and The Cleveland Critics Circle, he has been an entertainment reviewer for more than twenty years. For many years he was a regular on Channel 5, ABC-Cleveland's "Morning Exchange" and "Live on 5," serving as the stations communication consultant. He has also appeared on "Good Morning America." Roy served as the Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Office in the White House during the first Clinton Administration. He is a professor of communication and psychology who taught at George Washington University, University of Maryland, Notre Dame College of Ohio and Towson University. Roy is the author of 31 books. Several years ago, he was selected by Cleveland Magazine as one of the most interesting people in Cleveland.
Sherry Shameer Cohen
Sherry Shameer Cohen is an award winning parachute journalist and blogger who is always looking for more challenging work. Her articles and photos have appeared in Connecticut Magazine, Greenwich Magazine, Stamford Plus, The Advocate, Greenwich Time, The Minuteman, Connecticut Jewish Ledger, The Jewish Chronicle, The Jewish Press, The New Jewish Voice, and various daytime magazines. She has stage managed, designed flyers, programs and props for community theatre and reviewed theatre for the Connecticut Jewish Ledger, Theater Inform and New England Entertainment Digest. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Ken, and her two little drama kings, Alexander Seth Cohen and Jonathan Ross Cohen.
Tara Bennett is a Jill-of-All-Trades who currently serves as the Arts & Entertainment Editor for DIG Magazine in Baton Rouge, as well as the Media Coordinator for the Hammond Regional Arts Center in Hammond. When she is not working, she enjoys acting and working as a freelance makeup artist. Tara's had a passion for theatre since an early age, and enjoys sharing her passion through her writing. In 2008 and 2009, she had the pleasant opportunity to take her theatrical education further by training with the National Critics Institute.
Yaj (soft j like Taj Mahal), for 14 years, has been practicing the art and science of Relationship Counseling as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. Seeing couples and individuals in her private practice, she has been close witness to - and facilitator of - profound transformation in people?s lives. Yaj?s work is centered training people to use learnable, reliable tools for having the authentic life we all yearn for, and to experience the power and beauty of living from our Higher Self?all the time?no matter what. Over the past few years, a passion has grown in her for taking the ?Dharma talks? she gives to her clients in her Yaj Pod (therapy space) at home, to the arena of performance art and public speaking. She wrote a one-woman show entitled, I Need More Medicine ? A Woman?s Journey to God, Motherhood, & Orgasmic Divorce, and performed it at Nyack Village Theatre in Nyack, NY to sold-out audiences. She would like to bring it to a black box in New York City. Her public talks teach communication skills in her passionate, entertaining, and enlightening style. Yaj lives in Nyack, NY as a single mom with her two children. In everything she does, she hopes to touch something in you that opens your heart to the Universal energy of Love. Please visit Yaj at TheRelationshipGoddess.com, and join her email list to stay connected. Facebook The Relationship Goddess. Blessings on your journey.