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Meet the Team - BWW Dance

Ali Rosa-Salas

Ali Rosa-Salas is a Brooklyn native and a recent graduate of Barnard College, where she earned a B.A. Women?s, Gender, and Sexuality studies with a concentration in Dance. While at Barnard, she had the privilege of performing in commissioned pieces by Beth Gill, Heidi Henderson, and Faye Driscoll. These days, she is a Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) in Fort Greene. You can also find her signing you into class at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
Amanda Etchison

Amanda Etchison is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, where she is pursuing a double major in journalism and Chinese within the university Honors Program. Amanda writes as a staff reporter for 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.
Barnett Serchuk

Editor-in-Chief of Broadwayworld Dance.
Barry Lenny

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.
Breaking Down the Riffs

BREAKING DOWN THE RIFFS is a hit web series featuring YouTube Sensation, Natalie Weiss, ?breaking down? her favorite riffs for singers of all skill levels. From Beyonce to Smokie Norful, Natalie fearlessly and systematically tackles complicated riffs with her quirky sense of humor and positive attitude, making even the most impossible-sounding riffs approachable, fun, and easy to learn.? The show?s motto: With a little practice and determination, ANYONE CAN RIFF! #BDTR" Natalie recently completed a 2 1/2 year run performing multiple ensemble roles on the Les Mis 25th anniversary tour.? In 2010, she made her Broadway debut understudying the Menonettes in Everyday Rapture, starring Sherie Rene Scott.? She also performed in the ensemble and understudied Elphaba in the 2nd national tour of Wicked.? Natalie was an American Idol season 4 semi-finalist, has performed the National Anthem at Cowboys & Shea Stadium, but is most well known for her Youtube videos. She has gained?an international following?from her performance videos & popular web series, ?Breaking Down The Riffs?, which have collectively reached?over 3 million views.? Natalie released her self-titled debut CD in early 2011 and has been giving sold out solo concerts and master classes across the country. ?
Brendan Drake

Brendan Drake is a Brooklyn based freelance choreographer, dancer and occasional writer. He creates work under the umbrella of his group Brendan Drake Choreography which has been produced at Movement Research, Dixon Place, The Wild Project and others. His first full length work entitled Last B@#$% Standing, premiered at Triskelion Arts Center as part of their Split Bill Commissioning Program. Brendan holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts.
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

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
Caryn Robbins

Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, covering TV, film and the best of Broadway theater. Her first musical comedy 'Admissions' recently made its New York premiere at the West Village Musical Theater Festival.
Catherine Kustanczy

Catherine an arts writer specializing in reviews and longform profile features. She has worked in Dublin, London, Toronto, and New York City, in a variety of freelance capacities for film, TV, radio, and digital news. She has interviewed a range of award?-winning cultural figures from the worlds of theatre, music, television, movies, and food, including Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, rock star Ian Astbury (The Cult), and social media maverick Andy Carvin. Find her tweeting regularly at @catekustanczy.
David Clarke

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.
David Fick

Born and bred in South Africa, David has loved theatre since the day he set foot on stage in his preschool nativity play. He graduated with a Master of Arts (Theatre and Performance) degree from the University of Cape Town in 2005, having previously graduated from the same university with a First Class Honours in Drama in 2002. An ardent essayist, David won the Keswick Prize for Lucidity for his paper "Homosexual Representation in the Broadway Musical: the development of homosexual identities and relationships from PATIENCE to RENT". Currently, he teaches Dramatic Arts at a high school in Cape Town and also freelances as a theatremaker and performer.
Don Grigware

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 sixth 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.
E.H. Reiter

If you were to go to Urban Dictionary and search for "theater nerd," you may find a photo of ErinMarie as an example of the term. By day, ErinMarie manages the concierge desks at multiple luxury high-rises... but, really, this is just a sneaky way for her to stay close to theater while at work--allowing her the chance to tell people about all the theatre options in San Diego. By night, she sings, dances, acts and performs around town, sometimes even in theaters! Her love for theater and the performing arts started at a young age and hasn't abated since. In 2011, ErinMarie saw a personal record of seeing 56 live shows, in addition to being a judge for the National Youth Theatre Awards.
Elisa Kimble

Elisa L. Kimble is a performing artist, freelance writer. In addition to writing for BroadwayWorld.com Elisa writes for Precious Times magazine as the music editor. Elisa enjoys using the lyricism, passion, commitment and discipline of a performing artist to expand to the written page.
Elizabeth Bruce

Elizabeth Bruce, co-founder of Sanctuary Theatre, is an educator, theatre artist, and novelist who has worked with children and artists for over 30 years. She has long led the Multidisciplinary Arts Program at CentroN?a, and now serves as Community Arts Producer. She has received grants from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and Poets & Writers, Inc., and founded the Women Artists/Women Healing series. Her debut novel, And Silent Left the Place?published by Washington Writers? Publishing House?received distinctions from the Texas Institute of Letters, ForeWord Magazine, Small Press Distributors, and The Montserrat Review. She has studied with novelists Richard Bausch, John McNally, Lee K. Abbott and Janet Peery; her publishing credits include Paycock Press? Gravity Dancers, Washington Post, Lines + Stars and others. A member of Playwrights Forum, her scripts have been staged at Adventure Theatre, Washington Ethical Society, Howard University and Sanctuary Theatre, as well as Carpetbag Theatre as the Lucas Award winner. She performed most recently with Solas Nua and Sanctuary at Capital Fringe Festivals, and holds a BA in English from Colorado College.
Elizabeth Portnoy

Elizabeth Portnoy trained at Ballet Academy East, La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts and Studio Maestro. She graduated Hunter College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in psychology. Currently Elizabeth is enrolled in the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College. She has performed with Dances Patrelle, New York Theater Ballet; and K/M.D/M Dance Company. Elizabeth has been a member of the Ballet Academy East faculty since 2009.
Eryn Goldstein

Originally from Washington State, Eryn recently moved to New York City after receiving a B.F.A. in Dance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Eryn grew up studying ballet and violin, which led to a strong interest in collaborative work between dancers, musicians, and other artists. When she isn?t dancing or devising plans for new choreographic projects with her friends from the Hartt School, Eryn enjoys writing letters, listening to NPR, and going on adventures with her awesome husband.
etan nechin

Etan is an Israeli born writer who is currently living and working in Brooklyn, NYC. Coming from a small artist village, he has been in the art world all his life. He has gained success as a musician, artist and writer and filmmaker working in Israel, England and now in New York. His godfather, a dancer for the Martha Graham Company, instilled the love of modern dance in him, and he has been writing about dance alongside his diverse writing career.
Frances Steiner

Frances Steiner is a graduate of Lawrence University with a BA in French and Government. As a lifelong dancer, she is passionate about dance and the performing arts. She currently lives in New York City and is enjoying all of its cultural resources. You can connect with Frances on twitter at @Frannysteiner.
Frank Benge

A Kansas native, Frank Benge has been involved in the Austin area theatre scene as a Director, Designer, Writer and Performer for the past 20 years. He holds a double BA in Theatre and English from Washburn University.
Gabrielle Gervais

My name is Gabrielle, but everyone calls me Gigi! I'm a self-proclaimed theatre nut and an aspiring journalist. When I'm not writing or seeing a show you can find me at my local Barnes & Noble.
Guest Blogger: Christine Chen

Christine Chen, former American Repertory Ballet Executive Director, joined ARB after a career in the dance world as a performer, choreographer, journalist, educator and manager. She is now Director of Adult Programs at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan, where she lives with her family. Chen led ARB through a financial turnaround to three straight years of surplus budgets, while also expanding the company's artistic and educational programming. She left the organization at the end of January 2014 following a landmark year which saw the premiere of two major works by Artistic Director Douglas Martin as well as a record-breaking 50th Nutcracker season. Chen received her early dance training at the Princeton Ballet School, and was a member of the school?s pre-professional division. After earning her undergraduate degree at Princeton University and her MFA in Dance at the Ohio State University, she began her professional performing career in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she danced with AXIS Dance Company, Flyaway Productions, Dandelion Dance Theater, Paufve Dance and other independent choreographers. Christine joined New York-based STREB, an "extreme action" company in 2003. With STREB, Christine toured nationally and internationally, performed on Late Night with David Letterman and was featured in Cirque du Soleil's production of Midnight Sun. While performing, Christine worked as Programs Manager at STREB and Development and Communications Manager at Flyaway Productions; was a columnist for several print and online publications; and taught in many public and private schools and universities throughout the San Francisco Bay and the New York Metropolitan areas. After retiring from performing, Christine earned her MBA at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management while working in Marketing at the Napa Valley Opera House and consulting at other arts and advocacy organizations. She was recently one of 10 artists featured in Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine's "Beyond Performance" Supplement, on the lives of dancers post-performance.
Harmony Wheeler

A theater lover since childhood, Harmony Wheeler has done Marketing and Public Relations work for Sierra Repertory Theatre, Hillhouse Opera Company and other companies. She graduated with high honors from Biola University with her degree in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations. In addition to working for the Gallo Center for the Arts, MJM Entertainment Group, Biola University Marketing and Communications, 6th Street PR, and Zimbabwe Gecko Society, Wheeler has written for The Modesto Bee, The Chimes, Static MultiMedia, BullyPulpit.com, TUFW Alumnus Magazine, Christian Book Previews, The Christian Communicator, and Church Libraries Magazine. Her photos appear in The Dominican Dream, a book available for purchase through Biola University's Journalism Department. Her photography and video work can be found at http://photographybyharmonywheeler.shutterfly.com/. To learn more about Harmony Wheeler, or to contact her for work possibilities, visit www.harmonywheeler.com.
Heather Nadolny

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.
Holly Kerr

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.
Jamie McGonnigal

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 Community Director for the New Organizing Institute. 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

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.
Jennifer Broski

Jennifer was given her first camera at the age of eight, and has had one in her hand ever since. For the duration of her college career, she was an event photographer--capturing guest speakers, musicians, and performances. She is now a concert and event photographer, taking in all that New York City has to offer for entertainment.
Jennifer Fried

Jennifer Fried originally from Northern California received her BA in Classical Languages and Literature in 2012 from New York University. After attending New York University Jennifer enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania?s Post Baccalaureate program in Classical Studies.??While at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania, Jennifer spent a considerable amount time studying dance.?She has taken classes contemporary and ballet classes at Peridance Center in New York City as well as at Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia.??Prior to dancing in New York and Philadelphia, throughout her childhood she attended dance competitions throughout California performing in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Tap numbers.???She often attends dance shows in her spare time and recently has seen Cedar Lake Contemporary, Pennsylvania Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey, New York City Ballet, Ballet X, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Australia Ballet, and numerous other companies. Jennifer has recently moved back to New York City and is excited to continue her dance education attend dance shows.
Jenny Taylor Moodie

Jenny Taylor Moodie has been acting and singing in theatre productions for over 20 years. She is relatively new to Houston and loves the people here. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Apeiron Review and Eber & Wein Poetry. Jenny writes children?s books and poetry and is currently working on a Young Adult novel. She teaches in the Pearland School District and teaches voice to children
Jessica Abejar

Jessica Abejar is an artist with a love of storytelling. As a dancer/choreographer, she most recently performed at World Youth Day in Brazil, where she was called to explore movement as a prayer. She promotes a holistic approach to health and wellness as an ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor, performing and teaching a style of sacred dance she calls "The Moving Prayer." She also writes a youth column for the newspaper The Filipino Catholic. Jessica graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, summa cum laude with a BA in Business, but decided to follow her childhood dreams instead and performed with Disney Cruise Line.
Jessica Dennett

Jessica grew up in the greater Boston area and moved to Oxford, Ohio in order to study at Miami University. About a year ago she moved to Cincinnati; where she is residing while finishing her studies in organizational speech communication and rhetoric writing. However, despite her geographic location she has been a lover of the performing arts her entire life. Whether on stage, backstage, or in the audience each experience has moved her in some way. Be it theater, ballet, symphony, pops, choir, etc. she is so excited to continue to see what this great city has to offer!
Juliana Adame

Juliana got into theatre in middle school, deciding it was about time she become comfortable in front of a crowd. Little did she know then the monster she would create. Since then, she has gone on to perform in numerous capacities, including acting, singing, dancing, writing, directing, and even dabbling in puppetry for a production of Little Shop of Horrors. Currently pursuing a degree in performing arts in the great city of NYC, she frequents the Broadway and all of it?s delightfully bright lights and talented starlets. Eat your heart out.
Kaitlin Milligan

Kaitlin Milligan is from Fort Lauderdale, FL, but is currently a Sophomore studying Telecommunications Production at The University of Florida. She has aspirations to be a playwright and television scriptwriter in New York City. In her free time she writes, sings, plays guitar, watches too much TV, and sees as many Broadway shows as possible.
Kathy Strain

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.
Katie Laban

Katie Laban is BroadwayWorld?s Detroit Contributing Editor and a freelance writer and photographer in the Detroit area. She also writes for Hear Magazine. She has a strong passion for all things creative, especially theatre, and loves to support Michigan arts.
Katricia Lang

Katricia arrived in Houston to attend Rice U in the fall of 2004 and never looked back. She loves all the things about Houston that you hate - the heat, the traffic, even the humidity. She also loves the things you love - our cultural melting pot, huge portions of Tex-mex and Beyonce. A shortlist of her other loves include writing, acting, singing and googling shirtless pictures of basketball players. She is delighted to share these loves with the world.
Kayt MacMaster

Kayt MacMaster is a NYC based dancer, choreographer, dance writer, and co-founder and artistic director of a newly conceived performance company, blueprint dance project. MacMaster earned a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Writing and Rhetoric from Oakland University in her home state of Michigan. As an educator and movement researcher, she has spent time in Ghana, West Africa and presented research at the 2012 National Dance Education Organization conference in Los Angeles. Kayt MacMaster is a registered yoga instructor, folk music disciple, and film enthusiast. She is currently working with Jeremy Xido on his documentary film, Death Metal Angola.
Kristen Dickerson

Kristen is a 23 year old writer who loves NYC! She's been dancing since the age of 4 and writing just as long. She is the author of the young adult novel, Across the Miles, and she loves the theater!
Kristina Nungaray

Kristina is a graduate from Sam Houston State University with a passion for theatre and the arts. As a lover of the written word, she aspires to finish her first novel and complete a graduate degree in Creative Writing. As a Psychology and Women's Studies scholar, she hopes to serve as a mentor for young girls.
Lauren Wingenroth

A Barnard College junior majoring in Dance and English, Lauren is a lover of dance in all its forms. She has performed with Reggie Wilson, Mark Dendy, Annie B Parson, and other NYC choreographers, created and choreographed two original musicals, interned at American Ballet Theatre, Eye on Dance, and Barnard?s performing arts library, and written extensively about dance and theater both academically and critically. She hopes to pursue a career as an artist and writer in the dance field.
Libby Ryan

Libby Ryan is a lifelong theater fan from Minneapolis, where she studies journalism and works as a magazine intern. Growing up, she was a dance and theater geek and not much has changed since. She loves the Minneapolis arts scene but barely tolerates the city?s polar vortex. When she?s not working, writing or seeing shows, she?s driving her roommates crazy by singing show tunes in the kitchen.
Marina Kennedy

Marina P. Kennedy writes articles and reviews for Broadwayworld.com on performance venues in New York and New Jersey and she is the Editor of BWW's Food & Wine World.com. She also has a weekly 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 an active journalism career and loves writing for Broadwayworld.com.
Mary Callahan

Mary Callahan recently performed in the Broadway workshop of Sugar Babies, in Riverside Theatre's Funny Girl, and as a backup dancer for pop singer, Lily Halpern. She is a graduate of Broadway Dance Center?s Professional Semester and is studying ?Writing for the Arts? at New York University. In addition to broadwayworld.com, Mary writes for Broadway Dance Center and the Verdon Fosse Estate. www.missmarycallahan.com
Matt Hanson

Matt Hanson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Starting in music and arts journalism at age 18 with an emerging online section of a daily newspaper, The Standard Times, he has contributed regularly to such sources as BeatRoute, Fast Forward Weekly, BreakThru Radio, among others, and currently posts at the Berlin-based underground electronica source, Noize Freqz. 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 non-fiction.
Matt Tamanini

Matt is BroadwayWorld's Chief TV and Film critic. He also writes across other BWW sites, including BWW Orlando, and serves as BWW's Database Manager. He received a BA in Journalism/Communications from The Ohio State University and has worked in sports broadcasting, media relations, and journalism. He also has directed and/or produced over 30 plays and musicals, and is currently writing two plays of his own. You can connect with Matt through Twitter: @BWWMatt.
Melia Kraus-har

Melia is a dance historian, educator, administrator and advocate. Melia?s educational background is in Communication, Theater, and Dance and her movement training is in ballet, modern, social dance, and circus arts. She recently published a book on dance in reality television. Melia currently lives and works in New York city. In her free time, she loves exploring the city, running, and practicing yoga.
Melissa Hurst

Since her first ballet class at the age of three, Melissa has been in love with performing. She enjoys being in, and seeing all types of shows (the good, the bad and everything in between!). When she's not drinking in the theater atmosphere, Melissa spends her time with her amazing husband and beautiful daughter.
Michael Mulhern

Michael Mulhern has lived in Denver and been active in it's theater scene for over 10 years. He is originally from Wiesbaden, Germany and graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. Currently he performs in one to two shows a year and is a proud member of the Denver Gay Men's Chorus. Some of Michael's favorite performances include - Lend Me a Tenor, Guys and Dolls, The Shadow Box, Buried Child, and Jeffrey. He is proud to represent Denver and it's growing theater community on BroadwayWorld.com!
Pat Cerasaro

Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.
Patrick Kennedy

A critic, journalist, and award-winning fiction writer, Patrick Kennedy has published a variety of articles on art and culture. He is a topic writer and site administrator at About.com, where he has written extensively on international literature, literary awards, and film adaptation. Patrick's essays and articles have also appeared in The Alternative Press, Modern Language Notes, Map Literary, The Montreal Review, The Hopkins Review, and other publications. He is currently a member of the English and writing faculty at Georgian Court University.
Peggy Sue Dunigan

Peggy Sue Dunigan earned a BA in Fine Art, a MA in English and then finished with a Masters of Fine Art in Creative Fiction from Pine Manor College, Massachusetts. Currently she independently writes for multiple publications on the culinary, performance and visual arts or works on her own writing projects while also teaching college English and Research Writing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her other creative energy emerges by baking cakes and provincial sweets from vintage recipes so when in the kitchen, at her desk, either drawing or writing, or enjoying evenings at any and all theaters, she strives to provide satisfying memories for the body and soul.
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Rose Marija

Rose Marija has always been focussed on ballet and contemporary ballet: training, performance, health, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries. She shares her expertise and pointe of view with professional and serious, professional track students. Marija is happy to be writing dance reviews for broadwayworld.com.
Roy Berko

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.
Ryan Casey

Ryan P. Casey is a nationally recognized tap dancer, teacher and choreographer who began training at The Dance Inn in Lexington, Massachusetts, at the age of five. An alumnus of the YoungArts program, The School at Jacob?s Pillow and NYU?s Gallatin School, he was a member of the Legacy Dance Company, where he is now on faculty, and served as Dance Captain of the New England Tap Ensemble, directed by Aaron Tolson. In addition to a burgeoning solo career, Ryan is a founding member of Michelle Dorrance?s company, Dorrance Dance. He has written for CNN.com, Dance Studio Life, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher, and his work has been presented throughout the Northeast. www.ryanpcasey.com
Ryan Kilpatrick

Ryan Kilpatrick is an actress and writer whose love for the arts stems from her early exposure to theater and classic films. Her one woman show "Notes From a Horne" about the late entertainer Lena Horne, earned her a festival favorite award at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival in 2012. Ryan graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a B.F.A in Screenwriting.
Samantha Bancroft

Samantha Bancroft is an aspiring communications professional with a passion for writing and dance. Now based in New York City, Samantha has a public relations degree from Hofstra University, and has ample experience in live entertainment, event planning, and brand development. Her dance experience includes 15+ years studying and performing jazz, hip hop, and lyrical, 10+ years of competitive dance, and several years on national league dance teams.
Shari Barrett

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

Sondra Forsyth, a National Magazine Award winner and a member of the Dance Critics Association, founded Ballet Ambassadors in New York City and was the Artistic Director for 16 years. 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 is currently 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 Spirit 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

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.
Tess Alfano

Tess Alfano, ATC recently graduated Montclair State University where she studied sports medicine and dance performance. She has worked with various sports teams through-out northern New Jersey while continuing her dance education. She has been surrounding herself with dance for over 15 years by attending professional dance performances in addition to performing herself, and enjoying a well-rounded dance curriculum. She dedicates much of her time to the art of dance as well as the science of dance medicine.
Todd Zeigler

Todd Zeigler has been writing, directing and performing around the Louisville, Kentucky area since 2006. Proud contributor to BroadwayWorld since September 2013.
Victoria Shadle

Victoria Shadle, originally from Central Pennsylvania, is an undergraduate student at Hofstra University studying Dance and International Business. She spent the summer of 2013 interning at Jacob?s Pillow Dance Festival and has since decided to pursue a career in international arts administration. Victoria is deeply interested in all aspects of the dance world and greatly enjoys the discussions that arise from intriguing performances.
Wendi Reichstein

What started as reenacting 'RENT' in home movies (including some questionable footage of my then 10-year-old sister and 13-year-old self) turned into a passion for anything and everything Broadway. As a journalism and theatre graduate of the University of Texas (Hook 'em!), I am excited to explore the Austin theatre scene whilst beginning my career in the marketing industry. [www.wendireichstein.com, www.wendisblog.com, @WendiReichstein]
Wesley Doucette

Wesley Doucette is a New York based director/choreographer. His works have included a silent drama "The Rite of Spring," a studio workshopping of Brecht/Weill's "The Threepenny Opera," and a production of the medieval morality play "Everyman." He is currently undertaking a new iteration of "Everyman." This production will be performed upstate in 2016 under the artistic mentorship of world renowned dance/theatre artist Maureen Fleming. He writes for The Andygram Blog and is a frequent contributor to The New York Theatre Review. He is also on staff at The Public Theater and was a member of The Orchard Project's apprenticeship, "The Core Company," in 2013. He has degrees in Theatre Studies and Art History and has extensive studies in dance and French. If you wish to see his artistic statement and/or donate to his future performances please visit his hatchfund site at: http://www.hatchfund.org/user/wesleydoucette.

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