Meet the Team - BWW Classical Music
Born in Houston, raised in Cleveland, and educated in Boston, Aaron Fallon brings a hybridized combination of Southern hospitality, Midwestern congeniality, and New England practicality to everything he does. Aaron?s interest in dance comes from his nearly 20 years of experience as a champion Irish step dancer and teacher--his interest in writing from an almost equally long fascination with the rhythms of lyric poetry--and he?s thrilled by the chance to combine the two in his dance reviews for Broadway World. Aaron currently lives in Hell?s Kitchen and works as an executive assistant in Midtown.
Adam lives in New Jersey and races in marathons and triathlons. He has a bachelor's from Bennington College and a Master's from New York University.
Aimee Verder Curameng is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in Film Studies that took her back to her native city of Los Angeles. Once a casual hobby, photography has become a passion. A musical theatre fan since she was a child, you can often find her admiring talented performers and artists by attending shows in the Southern California area (and beyond). Follow her on Twitter @aimeecurameng and on Instagram @aimeecurameng.
Amanda Etchison is a junior at The Ohio State University, where she is pursuing a double major in journalism and Chinese within the university Honors Program. Amanda is the Editor-in-Chief of The Lantern, the student-run daily news publication of Ohio State?s Columbus campus. A lover of music and theater, Amanda has played the French horn in a variety of pit orchestras and music ensembles. When she is not writing, Amanda enjoys playing the piano and trying out new nail art designs.
Choricius is the nom-du-web of a theater artist who has been involved in the Washington, D.C. scene in various capacities -- as actor, playwright, director, dramaturg -- for a number of years. Credits include Source, Woolly Mammoth and Le Neon Theatre. As a cultural historian and veteran of the Fulbright Program, he has devoted years of research to the performing arts of the Later Roman Empire (aka-Byzantium). In this bookish role he has translated, performed and published a variety of works from Medieval Greek. He holds a Ph.D. in Theater History, Theory and Criticism, and will soon be publishing his first full-length study on theater and ritual in Byzantium through a major university press in the UK. A Professor of Humanities, he currently teaches World Literature and World History in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
Andria Tieman is a lifelong theatre fan, writer and librarian. She studied fiction, play and screenwriting in her previous life as an MFA student. Presently, she works as an academic librarian and special lecturer in Providence teaching students the joys of research.
Dr. Anton Anderssen is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in "high culture." Visit his web page at Hartforth.com. Anton is a member of several high IQ societies, including Mensa, Triple 9, ISPE and Prometheus. He has seasonal residency on the Italian Riviera, The Alps, Hawaii, Michigan and elsewhere world-wide covering cultural events. Dr. Anderssen's articles are included in the United States Library of Congress as part of their Official Performing Arts Historical Web Archives.
Backstagebunny is the pseudonym of someone who has been involved with theatre since his teens and has reviewed for a number of newspapers, blogs and stage publications.
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.
Les Miserables was the first stage show I saw and since then I have enjoyed the wonder of the performing arts. While I work in a very different field, I still manage to enjoy the stage offerings both in Australia and abroad.
Carissa Chesanek is a professional writer based in Miami, with a Master?s in Journalism. Her work has been seen in Zagat.com, Forbes Travel Guide, Food Network, SpoiledNYC, Dining Out Magazine, Miami Herald, Redbook and WritingRaw, where her dark short story, A Flawed Man was published. She is currently working toward her online Creative Writing Certificate with New York University while writing her first psychological thriller novel. Her work was recently nominated for the Freddie Award for Writing Excellence with the Mystery Writers of America. She was once a performing artist, mastering in ballet and jazz, and still continues to dabble art today with sketching and painting.
Carla Maria Verdino-S?llwold
Born and raised in the metropolitan New York area, Carla Maria Verdino-S?llwold took her degrees at Sarah Lawrence College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She began her career as a teacher and arts administrator before becoming a journalist, critic, and author. In addition to contributing to Broadway World, her theatre, film, music and visual arts reviews and features have appeared in Fanfare Magazine, Scene 4 Magazine, Talkin? Broadway, Opera News, Gramophone, Op?ra International, Opera, Music Magazine, Beaux Arts, and The Crisis, and her byline has headed numerous program essays and record liner notes. She also authors the blog, Stage, Screen, and Song (www.stagescreensong.wordpress.com). Among her scholarly works, the best known is We Need A Hero! Heldentenors from Wagner?s Time to the Present: A Critical History. She helped to create several television projects, serving as associate producer and content consultant/writer, among them I Hear America Singing for WNET/PBS and Voices of the Heart: Stephen Fosterfor German television. Her first novel, Raising Rufus: A Maine Love Story appeared in 2010. Her screenplay version of the book was the 2011 Grand Prize Winner at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. She is also the author of a second novel, The Whaler's bride, and a collection of short stories, BOOKENDS Stories of Love, Loss, and Renewal. Ms. Verdino-S?llwold now makes her home in Brunswick, Maine.
Carol Kassie has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of "My Fair Lady". Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became ?a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family's Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community's cultural events. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance ? she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations, and serves on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee . www.carolkassie.com
Originally from Boston, Charles' first college show was "Barefoot in the Park," he played the role of the telephone repairman. Next came "How to Succeed..." in which he played in the ensemble and then Chairman of the Board. He appeared in "Fiddler on the Roof" at the White Marsh Dinner Theatre as Lazar Wolf. Charles' daughter Britt played one of Tevye's younger daughters. Britt later completed a five year stint in Broadway's "Mamma Mia!" as the Sophie understudy. Charles conducts theatre trips to Broadway shows as the "Shubow Shuttle."
Chris has been active in the local theatre scene for over 30 years. In addition to his acting work, he's also contributed as a director, writer and composer. Though, initially a film buff, he grew tired of the sanitized, PG-13 rated blockbusters that were being continually shoved down his throat by the studios. An opportunity to review theatre in St. Louis has grown exponentially with the sudden explosion of venues and talent in the region. He now finds himself obsessed with witnessing those precious, electric moments that can only happen live, on stage.
Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 13-time marathon runner (including the 2015 Boston Marathon), freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. Mancuso is listed in 'Who's Who Worldwide' and has been recognized for "Outstanding Leadership in Media" by the International Women's Leadership Association. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of BroadwayWorld.com and Editor-in-Chief of BWWFitnessWorld.com.
Christina Pandolfi is a New York native, born and raised on Long Island. She began her dance training at St. James' Seiskaya Ballet Academy under the distinct training of former National Opera of Greece ballerina, Valia Seiskaya. She studied with Seiskaya for thirteen years, dancing prominent roles in traditional and original ballets, including: Clara and The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Kitri in the Don Quixote Wedding Pas de Deux and Odile in the Black Swan Pas de Deux. Christina also studied modern dance, beginning at the age of 14 under former Paul Taylor dancer, Heather Berest, all which lead to her acceptance into the prestigious dance department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Christina has performed extensively and worked with esteemed dancers and choreographers, such as Eleanor D 'Antuono, Deborah Jowitt, James Sutton, Gus Solomons Jr., Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, Michael Cusumano and Kay Cummings. She loves all dance and is a Broadway aficionado.
Danielle, originally from Massachusetts, currently resides in Orlando, FL. She recently graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Business Administration: Marketing. Danielle has been a lover of theatre, music, and dance from a young age. Writing, blogging, and social media have been ways to continue to express her love for Broadway and the arts. Follow her on Twitter at @DanielleAshly.
David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts, and has been writing about theatre both locally and nationally for years. He joined BroadwayWorld.com running their Houston site in early 2012 and began writing as the site's official theatre recording critic in June of 2013. Photo by Greg Salvatori.
Devon began performing musicals in Albuquerque when he was in Elementary school. He kept with theater even as his voice-change knocked him out of the singing game for a while. In Albuquerque's Eldorado High School and into Westminster College in Salt Lake City, he refined not only his acting but his writing skills too, writing and directing his own plays, and earning his BA in English and Theater. After graduation, he returned to Albuquerque for a year, acting in five community productions. He joined the Peace Corps in 2013; assigned to the Philippines, he worked with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) to introduce theater to the island where he'd lived. After his service, he returned to Albuquerque a second time--where he is today, immersing in his favorite big-small-town theater scene, acting in shows and blogging for Broadway World.
Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and journalist/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 going into his eighth 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 A trilogy of one-acts in a collection called Holiday Madness was recently revised and re-published, also on amazon.com. Both the story and plays are available on kindle as well as in paperback.
Born and raised in the DC-area, Ellen spent countless hours as a child and adult nurturing her love of theater in the classic DC venues, like Ford?s Theatre, Arena Stage, The National Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Signature, area universities and more; and enthusiastically performing in many school productions herself. After a long career with The Walt Disney Company in California, she returned to her alma mater, the University of Virginia, for a law degree, and is now a trademark attorney for the federal government. She will travel far and wide to experience theater, but has a special love and pride for the DC theater community, and its commitment to bringing great theater in myriad forms to this arts-loving town! Along with writing about, Tweeting about, talking about and attending as much theater as possible, she has a soft spot for those new and emerging artists, whose career journeys are a joy to behold.
In addition to being part of the west coast Broadway World team, Ellen also publishes two popular Southern California Theatre Blogs - Musicals in LA and Shakespeare in LA. An actress, singer and voiceover artist, she is also a producer with the Academy for New Musical Theatre, and works with the development of new musicals across the country.
Emma Kouguell is a lifelong theatergoer and arts enthusiast. She has been a part of a variety of arts projects, including blogging and scriptwriting for a local PBS arts highlight show, creating video animations for museum exhibitions, and working on independent documentaries and studio productions. Emma received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication at George Mason University and is currently pursuing her MFA in Film at American University, in Washington, DC.
Violinist turned author ERICA MINER has had a multi-faceted career as an award-winning screenwriter, author, lecturer and poet. A native of Detroit, she studied violin at Boston University with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Joseph Silverstein, where she graduated cum laude; the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center, summer home of the Boston Symphony, where she performed with such celebrated conductors as Leonard Bernstein. She continued her studies with Mr. Silverstein at the New England Conservatory of Music, and went on to perform with the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for twenty-one years, where she worked closely with much-respected maestro James Levine and numerous other luminaries of the opera world. After retiring from the Met, Erica drew upon her lifelong love for writing as her creative outlet and studied screenwriting in Los Angeles with screenplay guru Linda Seger. Erica?s screenplays awards include such recognized competitions as Santa Fe and the Writer?s Digest. Her debut novel, TRAVELS WITH MY LOVERS, won the Fiction Prize in the Direct from the Author Book Awards. Subsequent published novels include the first in Erica?s FOUREVER FRIENDS novel series chronicling four teenage girls coming of age in the volatile 60s. Her suspense thriller MURDER IN THE PIT, a novel of assassination and intrigue at the Metropolitan Opera, has won rave reviews across the board. Erica?s lectures, seminars and workshops have received kudos throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, and she has won top ratings as a special lecturer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. An active contributor to OperaPulse.com (http://www.operapulse.com/author/ericaminer/) and LAOpus.com (http://www.laopus.com/search/label/Erica), she also contributed a monthly ?Power of Journaling? article series for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women newsletter (http://nabbw.com/expert-columns/books-and-authoring/journaling/the-power-of- journaling-part-2/). Other writings have appeared in Vision Magazine, WORD San Diego, Istanbul Our City, and numerous E-zines. Erica?s lecture topics include ?The Art of Self- Re-invention,? ?Journaling: the Write Way to Write Fiction,? ?Solving the Mystery of Mystery Writing,? and ?Opera Meets Hollywood.? Details about Erica?s novels, screenplays and lectures can be found on her website (http://www.ericaminer.com.
A long-time BWW regular, Greg Kerestan is proud to join the staff of his favorite website. Greg is a graduate of Duquesne University and Seton Hill University, where he studied both theatre and English. In his spare time, Greg works as a part-time actor and full-time playwright, lyricist and composer.
Guest Blogger: Bryan-Keyth Wilson
Dubbed the Literary Prince by his peers, Bryan-Keyth Wilson is a noted playwright, screenwriter, director, teaching artist and choreographer. He is a published author of 2 books, 8 plays and his debut choreopoem FOR COLORED BOYZ ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. His first novel, HOOD BOY CHRONICLES, was a groundbreaking work of inspirational fiction combining street-lit swag and spoken word intermingled with a heartfelt story that restores faith. His second title was for the grown and sexy crowd. TRACK CHANGES & WHITE LIES was written under an alter-ego pseudonym Brendan Gotti. His passion for teaching has brought him into the classroom as a teaching artist where he shares his professional journey with young aspiring theatre/ musical theatre artists. He is the Artistic Director of The Eklektix Theatre Company and The Wilson School of Acting & Musical Theatre. Wilson attended Same Houston State University and Hunter College in NYC.
Harmony Wheeler is the Marketing Director for Sierra Repertory Theatre and the Marketing and Events Coordinator for Columbia Chamber of Commerce. She also volunteers with Modesto Performing Arts and Runaway Stage Productions. Her byline has appeared with the Sierra Lodestar, The Modesto Bee, The Chimes at Biola University (where she served as News Editor), StaticMultiMedia.com, and more. She holds a degree in Journalism, Public Relations.
Heather Nadolny is a DC-based singer, actress, writer, and storyteller. A Memphis native and Chicago transplant, she is a regular performer and guest co-host at LaTiDo. She has also appeared at Strathmore Mansion, Bloombars, Busboys and Poets, Speakeasy, Story League, with the Washington Revels at the National Cathedral, and for the Gay Men's Chorus Board of Trustees.
Herb Paine is President of Paine Consulting Services, now in its twenty-sixth year of operation, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, turnaround management, mergers, and governance. He is a nationally recognized expert on all aspects of nonprofit organization management and has consulted extensively with arts and cultural organizations on strategic positioning and branding. For more, visit http://www.UpYourNonprofit.com. His social and political commentaries are aired monthly on KJZZ/91.5 FM, NPR?s Phoenix affiliate. Herb?s most recent acting credits include roles as Sgt. Jeff Pugliese in the National Geographic Channel?s April 2014 docudrama "Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers;" the King of France/Chaudron the forger/Ser Piero, DaVinci's father in Theater Works' "Finding Mona Lisa;" Inspector LeStrade in Fountain Hills Theater?s "Sherlock?s Last Case;" and Berry Bernard in the short film "Living Will."
Holly Kerr is a University of North Carolina School of the Arts ballet graduate and holds a M.A. and B.A. in Dance Education from SUNY Empire State College. After a professional dance and theatrical career performing in the USA and internationally, she was a Teaching Artist and Teacher Trainer for the New York City Ballet Education Department for 11 years. Miss Kerr conducted master classes and choreography workshops based on the New York City Ballet repertory for NYC high school dance students at Lincoln Center and in over 20 performing arts magnet high schools and public and private high school dance programs. As Instructor Trainer for the New York City Ballet Workout, she trained national and international dance teachers in ballet and fitness pedagogy. Miss Kerr was a Teaching Artist for the American Ballet Theatre Education Department and Choreographer for the Make a Ballet high school ballet program. She serves on the Faculties of Broadway Dance Center and Boys and Girls Harbor Conservatory and is Ballet Teaching Artist for New York City Center. She teaches master classes at national and international dance centers and dance conventions, and has lectured on ballet at Lincoln Center and the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga Springs.
Itai Yasur is a musician in the DC area and has been involved in local theater for years. He?s been lucky enough to play on some of the most beautiful stages in and around the city, from Strathmore to Blues Alley to the Kennedy Center.
I am an International Flight Attendant with a love of Cabaret, Musical Theatre, and Live Performing Arts in general. I try to see as many shows as I can, whether that be in my current home town of Sydney, other Australian cities or the International cities I visit with work. I am a graduate of the Cabaret Summer School 2012-Adelaide and have also been a Special Guest Critic for GlamAdelaide for the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival, specialising in Cabaret.
Jamie McGonnigal has produced and/or directed more than 200 Broadway concerts and events including Children of Eden (NYC Premiere), Pippin with Rosie O'Donnell and Ben Vereen, The Secret Garden with Laura Benanti, Will Chase and Steve Pasquale, Rags starring Lainie Kazan and Carolee Carmello, Snoopy with Sutton Foster, Christian Borle and Hunter Foster, The Embrace Concerts benefiting the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Broadway Loves the 80s at Joe's Pub and The Nightlife Awards with Chita Rivera, Betty Buckley and Mike Nichols. As a voice actor, Jamie can be heard on dozens of cartoons and video games including Pok?mon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Viva Pinata. Following a summer in Namibia and South Africa helping lead the UN's HERO campaign with rural AIDS affected communities, he returned to begin work on social justice campaigns. Having launched the LGBT blog TalkAboutEquality.com, Jamie now lives in Washington D.C. and is the Director of Business Development for Mission Hub, LLC. Jamie is a frequent contributor to HuffingtonPost and can also be heard frequently on SiriusXM's The Agenda on Progress 127 speaking about progressive issues in the media.
Jeff Davis is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an emphasis in Directing.
Jeffrey Walker contributes reviews and features for the Washington, DC market on Broadway World and DC Theatre Scene. He occasionally writes about television and videos for TV-World. Jeffrey is an experienced director and actor and has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, operettas, and contemporary works. By day, Jeff teaches high school theatre arts. He is a graduate of Roanoke College.
Jennifer Perry is the Senior Contributing Writer for BroadwayWorld.Com's DC page. She has been a DC resident since 2001 having moved from Upstate New York to attend graduate school at American University's School of International Service. When not attending countless theatre, concert, and cabaret performances in the area and in New York, she works for the US Government as an analyst. Jennifer previously covered the DC performing arts scene for Maryland Theatre Guide, DC Metro Theater Arts, and DC Theatre Scene.
Kaitlin Milligan is from Fort Lauderdale, FL, but is currently a Senior 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.
Kathy Strain spent most of her life outside of Philadelphia and has enjoyed Broadway shows for most of her life. Kathy moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2001 with her husband Ken and 3 children. She holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at San Antonio and runs her own Public Relations company. She loves to contribute pieces on the arts to several outlets and enjoys writing about talent and sharing it with the world.
Katricia Lang moved to Houston at the tender age of 17 for the sole purpose of earning a fancy-can't-you-taste-this-gold Rice degree but, thanks to the uni?s RZA ridiculous transfiguration skills, she turned into one of those evil, rabid owls with crazy eyes and a permanent mean mug. She also became one the hardest, hard-core Houstonians you?ve ever met or will meet. She loves the things about Houston that you hate - the heat, the traffic, the humidity--and the things you love-- diversity, oversized portions, Queen Bey. And after 12 years living in Clutch City, she?s a Wise Owl who can rotate her head 270 degrees and poop out dissectible pellets for disinterested high school kids. But for your sake, she resists the call of the wild.
Kazimierz Nowak is a prominent figure in the theater and music scenes in New York and around the world. A true entrepreneur of the arts, he works mostly as an executive producer, music producer, conductor, pianist, orchestrator, and creative consultant. His clients range from Broadway stars to Hollywood visionaries and include several legends of the music industry. Nowak holds degrees in psychology and classical piano performance.
Keith Waits is a native of Louisville who works at Louisville Visual Art during the days, including being one of the hosts of PUBLIC on ARTxFM, but spends most of his evenings indulging his taste for theatre, music and visual arts. His work has appeared in Pure Uncut Candy, TheatreLouisville, and Louisville Mojo. He is now Managing Editor for Arts-Louisville.com.
Krista runs a content marketing business in Portland, Oregon. She fell in love with musicals at age 5, when her parents took her to see a university production of The Music Man. Krista attends as much theater as possible, in as many venues as possible, and she is the current "Name That Showtune" champion of her apartment. In her spare time, Krista enjoys curling, playing bridge, and cooking, and she has been known to tap dance.
Maggie Yates is a writer, editor, and theatre artist. She studied theatre at UC Berkeley and writing at the University of San Francisco. She is an editor at Rocky Nook Inc., a Santa Barbara-based publishing company. She previously worked with The Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley, and currently works for Out of the Box Theatre in Santa Barbara. She is enthusiastic about all kinds of drama, from petty and absurd to universal and thematic of the human condition.
Marianka Swain is a London-based theatre critic and arts journalist. She contributes to several outlets, including the Ham & High and Islington Gazette newspapers, Dancing Times magazine and theartsdesk. You can find more of her work at www.mkmswain.com or follow her on Twitter @mkmswain
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. She enjoys a very active journalism career and loves writing for Broadwayworld.com.
Marsha Volgyi has travelled around the world performing on the high seas. Prior to her onboard career, she performed on Broadway in Joseph and the Amazing Technincolor Dreamcoat. Marsha also participated in the New York International Ballet Competition, at Alice Tully Hall in 2000. She is proud to be part of part of the Broadwayworld.com team.
Matt Hanson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Starting in music and arts journalism at eighteen in both print and digital publications from the newsroom of The Standard Times, he now regularly contributes literary criticism for Atticus Review, and reviews independent music for Discorder Magazine. As a former resident of Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and Canada, he publishes widely on themes of international relevance for such publications as Nation of Change, The Leftist Review, The Dominion, This Magazine, and many others. Currently a docent at Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum, he explores migrant history through oral, narrative, and creative approaches to literature.
Matt Smith, a proud graduate of Skidmore College, is a writer and theatre enthusiast based in New York. For more information, including additional writing samples, he encourages you to visit www.mattsmiththeatre.com.
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.
Michael Rabice has over 30 years of experience attending plays, musicals and opera all over the world. He is a frequent performer in opera and has appeared with the Glimmerglass Opera, Artpark Opera, Greater Buffalo Opera and Nickel City Opera. He has extensively studied the history of the American musical theatre throught the past century. In addition, he has written many essays on the impact of musical theatre on American culture, as well as how musical styles of a specific era impacted the Broadway stage and it's orchestrations. He regularly attends theatre in Buffalo, Toronto , Niagara-on-the-Lake, and New York City.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicole has always had an eye for creating. She first picked up a pencil at age two and started doodling on everything from her mother?s walls, clothes, to her own skin with markers. Since moving to Philadelphia 13 years ago; She has now become a bit of a Jacqueline of all trades when it comes to the art world. DelRossi started her art career in the Philadelphia underground at the early age of 19.Taken under the wing of a graffiti artist that will remain nameless, He gave her gigs painting live at bars, warehouse parties, and underground parties that involved painting on paper as well as scantily clad models. Since spending several years at Moore College of art to fine tune her craft, Nicole had taken the fine arts route with her career. She trained to become a very talented curator at James Oliver Gallery. This gave her the knowledge to run a local artistic hub called Salsita Studio. Nicole is now founded and curated of an underground traveling arts fair called ?Art in the dark? that ran for two years. These showings were treated like a small crafts fair but curated like a major gallery space. The artists and performers showcased were professionals that believed in getting amazing work out to the people who may not be aware of or familiar with the higher end art scenes. Pop-up galleries would show up in relaxed settings i.e. dive bars. Nicole was tired of seeing people afraid of the art world. People who were hesitant to venture into the white cube or the cold theater setting are now asking questions about color and composition. Since graduating Nicole has been focusing on fine tuning her writing and developing a more critical way of thinking.
Noelle Hannibal was born and raised in Los Angeles. After making her professional theatre debut playing Chrissy in the 20th anniversary production of Hair, Noelle moved to Dublin, Ireland where she starred in Lock Up Your Daughters (Hilaret) and toured with The Bull Alley Theatre Company. After her return to Los Angeles, Noelle appeared in Chicago (Velma Kelly), Gypsy (Mazeppa) and Miss Saigon (Gigi) to name a few. Film and television credits include Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Voyager, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Cracker: Mind Over Murder. She has trained with The Beverly Hills Playhouse, The San Francisco Mime Troupe and renowned vocal coach Ron Anderson. Noelle currently resides in Montreal, QC where she is very active in the theatre community. Noelle is not only a performer, she is also a producer, coach and director. Passionate about arts education, Noelle is also executive director of T3 Triple Threat, a non-profit arts and education organization that is dedicated to enriching the lives of youth in need through the arts.
Pati has been involved with various aspects of the theater from hosting large groups to Broadway shows in the early 90's to supporting various Broadway artists for charities such as the "Make A Wish Foundation", The Leukemia Society, and Gilda's Club, programs supporting fighting ovarian cancer. New York's Jane Ellisa's Shining Star Award for the Leukemia Society. In 2001, she began writing for various theater-based web sites from www.talkinbroadway.com, www.broadwayworld.com, and www.philly2philly.com. Her passion is Arts and Education and Fundraising for Non Profit Organizations. In 2002 she teamed up with Broadway star Craig Schulman (Les Miserables/Phantom/Jekyll & Hyde) to put together a traveling Broadway in your school Workshop/Master Class program that has thrilled young artists and theater groups across the country. She began producing live concert events as PB Entertainment in 2003 at various venues. From 2004-2006 she produced two seasons of professional events for Eastern High School Performing Arts Center, Voorhees, NJ including Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway", two Rockin' Oldies events, a Broadway cast Jazz Show and the Southern New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Australian world class violinist Martin Lass and more. In 2013 Pati produced ?Broadway Sings For Newtown? bringing 6 Broadway artists together to perform for the Newtown Conn. Community to benefit the ?Healing Arts Foundation? and honoring all the families involved in the Sandy Hook School tragedy. Venue Affiliations: Theater Reviews: Forrest Theater, Merriam Theater, Walnut Street Theater, The Academy of Music, The Kimmel Center, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops, Media Theater, Lenape Regional PAC, The Arden Theater, The Prince Music Theater, The Paper Mill Playhouse, The Bristol Riverside Theater, Commerce Bank Arts Center, Surflight Theater, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company and more. Events Producer: Ritz Theater Company, Ocean City Music Pier, Collingswood Foundation For the Arts , Stafford Township Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Center for the Performing Arts , Eastern Center For the Performing Arts, Newtown Conn. Arts Festival. Pati owns and manages PB Entertainment LLC. www.pbentertainment.com and is a director for a private fundraising company Fundagroup. www.fundagroup.com
In 25 years of working with newspapers and magazines, Paul Batterson has had the pleasure of interviewing wide variety of people, from Phil Campbell of Motorhead to David Hasselhoff to the San Diego chicken. He was born in Columbus, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent three years in Frankfurt, Germany before returning to Columbus. He lives here with his wife, Nancy, and children Alicia and Grant.
Peter Danish is a Media Marketing Consultant and Classical Arts Presenter. He is a founding member of ArtsRock, where he presented concerts with such world renowned artists as Grammy winning Classical Guitarist Sharon Isbin, Grammy winning Violinist Marc O'Connor, The Eroica Trio, The American Brass Quintet, The New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet, Alec Baldwin, Louis Black and Robert Klein. At The Riverspace Performing Arts Center, he presented such artists as Meryl Streep, Jonathan Demme, Bill T. Jones, Bill Irwin, Mike Nichols, Ani Di Franco, Eve Ensler, Pete Seeger, Ellen Burstyn, Edward Albee and Kathleen Turner. He has programmed concerts and educational programs for a multitude of local arts organizations including the American National Opera and the Westchester Hudson Opera, and has lectured on opera and classical music in schools and libraries as part of their outreach programs. For over two decades he has served as Director of Marketing for NBC, Vice President of Marketing for Telemundo, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Azteca TV Network, and Marketing Consultant to PBS. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, The Wagner Society of N.Y. and Board of Trustees of the award-winning classical concert series, The Carnegie Room Concerts at the Nyack Library. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ad Age, Ad Week and Media Week.
Rachel Weinberg is thrilled to share her passion for theater with the Broadway World community! She works as the New Media Assistant at Goodman Theatre. Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Communication and Spanish. She is excited to once again be working and seeing theater in her hometown.
Richard Sasanow is a long-time writer on art, music, food, travel and international business for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian (UK), Town & Country and Travel & Leisure, among many others. He also interviewed some of the great singers of the 20th century for the programs at the San Francisco Opera and San Diego Opera and worked on US tours of the Orchestre National de France and Vienna State Opera, conducted by Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Leonard Bernstein.
Robert Barossi has worked in just about every possible job in professional theater, from actor to stage manager to company manager to box office and house manager. This has included time spent immersed in the theater and arts scenes in places like Philadelphia, D.C., Boston and Rhode Island. He has also been a staff writer for Motif Magazine in Rhode Island, writing reviews, previews and features, for six years, leaving the publication just recently. Though not working in professional theater currently, he continues to work on being an aspiring playwright and getting to as much theater as possible.
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.
Sarah Vander Schaaff
Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff is a freelance writer and blogger. Her work has appeared in many national outlets including The Washington Post, HuffPost, and Getting Smart. With a background in theatre and journalism, she loves creative endeavors, artistic people, and Early Grey tea. She lives near Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and two children and has just finished her first novel. Follow her at @writeonsarah and www.writeonsarah.com
Shari Barrett, a Los Angeles native, has been active in the theater world since the age of six - acting, singing, and dancing her way across the boards all over town. After teaching in local secondary schools, working in marketing for several studios, writing, directing, producing, and performing in productions for several non-profit theaters, Shari now dedicates her time and focuses her skills as an independent publicist to "get the word out" about smaller theaters throughout the Los Angeles area. As a founding member of the LA Stage Alliance Leadership Council Task Force, she and reps from theaters throughout the city work together to articulate a vision for the theatre community of Greater Los Angeles. Shari has received recognition from the City of Los Angeles for her dedication of heart and hand to the needs of friends, neighbors and fellow members of society for her devotion of service to the people of Los Angeles. Shari is honored to serve her hometown as a contributor to Broadway World.
Sondra Forsyth is Editor-in-Chief of Broadway World Dance. A National Magazine Award winner and a member of Dance Critics Association, she founded Ballet Ambassadors in New York City and was the Artistic Director for 16 years with support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Currently, she teaches ballet and pointe at Ovations Dance Academy on Long Island and is the Ballet Mistress of Ovations Dance Repertory Company. Sondra has served as a guest teacher for the American Ballet Theatre open classes and on the faculty of The School at Steps on Broadway, the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Studio de Ballet Opera in Beirut, Lebanon. She was Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director with Jan Hanniford Goetz of the Huntington School of Ballet and the Huntington Ballet Theatre on Long Island. Sondra is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of thirdAGE.com and formerly held the posts of Executive Editor at Ladies? Home Journal, Features Editor at Cosmopolitan, and Articles Editor at Bride?s. Sondra?s byline has appeared in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher as well as many major publications. She is the author or co-author of twelve books and holds an M.A. from Harvard.
Stephen Raskauskas is passionate about the performing arts. As a performing artist, he has collaborated on productions acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Huffington Post. He has received numerous fellowships and awards, and holds degrees in music from the University of Chicago and Princeton University.
Stephen is also the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor of the Times Square Chronicles. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen?s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the ?First All Children?s Theatre? which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen?s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. email: email@example.com
A native Kansan I have a BA (Math and Theatre) and MA (Theatre). I was working on a PhD in Theatre when IBM sniffed my math background and lured me away with money enough to feed my (then two) children. Nevertheless I've been active in theatre all my life--having directed fifty-three productions (everything from opera in Poughkeepsie to Mrozek in Woodstock to musical melodrama in Germany) and I've acted in seventy others. Now that I'm retired I don't have that eight-to-five distraction and can focus a bit more. I've regularly reviewed theatre in St. Louis for KDHX since 1991 and am tickled now to also join BWW.
Vanessa Michaud is a first-year law student at American University Washington College of Law. She hails from Miami, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor?s of Business Administration degree and a Theatre Arts minor. While in college, she interned at various places including the US Senate and worked at UMiami?s Center for Hemispheric Policy, but has never lost her love for theater. She has performed in various theater productions since high school, gaining recognition at the district and state level, and loves getting the chance to watch plays and musicals despite her busy schedule. Vanessa hopes to be an entertainment lawyer with a focus in theater.
Wesley Doucette is a New York based director/choreographer. Recently he worked as assistant director on Masterworks Theatre Company's inaugural production of "The Glass Menagerie." His director credits include Tiny Rhino, "The Rite of Spring," a studio production of Brecht/Weill's "The Threepenny Opera," and the medieval morality play "Everyman." He is currently undertaking a new iteration of "Everyman" which enjoyed a development presentation at Dixon Place. This production will be performed upstate in 2016 under the artistic mentorship of world renowned dance/theatre artist Maureen Fleming. He is also stage manager for Maureen Fleming Company. He writes for The Andygram Blog and is a frequent contributor to The New York Theatre Review. He was a member of The Orchard Project's apprenticeship, "The Core Company," in 2013.
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