Meet the Team - BWW Dance
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.
Alexander P. Garza is a writer and actor from Houston, TX. He is a husband and father with a passion for storytelling and performing arts. He is a triplet and bilingual in English and Spanish. He is a contributing editor for MexicanFilmReviews.com and also writes poetry, music, short stories, and plays.
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 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.
Amber Adams is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied ballet and contemporary dance. She received her BFA in Dance and Theater from Marymount Manhattan College. Amber has studied with American Ballet Theater, the NY Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts School of Film and Television, the Joffrey Ballet School, Steps on Broadway and many other schools around the world. Amber performed in the off- Broadway shows "Happenstance" and ?8 Million Protagonists? and continues to dance for numerous New York City-based choreographers. Along side her performance career Amber has choreographed original works for Campbell College, Dixon Place Theater, Bridge for Dance, and Gorilla Tango Theater. Currently, she is an active member of the Dance Films Association and the dance education community at large.
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.
Editor-in-Chief of Broadwayworld Dance.
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 a New York based award-winning artist and prominent figure in dance education and musical theatre. 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.
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 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 Cooper is an arts administrator, educator and performer. She began her dance training at a young age studying ballet in the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) technique for eight years and has trained in other dance forms such as tap, jazz, hip hop and West African where she has had the opportunity to perform at various venues in the Greater New York City Area including, The Wild Project, Frederick Loewe Theatre, 92 Y, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and Radio City Music Hall. Administratively, she has worked for a number of arts organizations including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico and the New York City Center. She is currently pursuing her certification to become a Moving for Life instructor under the direction of Dr. Martha Eddy using dance to help breast cancer recovery patients and those with physical disabilities. Caryn holds a BFA in Arts Management from LIU Post, a MA in Dance Education from NYU, and is a member of the dance/NYC Junior Committee.
Caryn Robbins is a features editor for BroadwayWorld, and Managing Editor of BWW's TV, Film and Music spin-off sites. Her original musical comedy ADMISSIONS has been staged in two NYC theater festivals and was performed as an Equity Staged Reading in New York City in 2015. This June ADMISSIONS won 'Best Ensemble Show' in Chicago's Premier Premieres Festival.
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.
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.
Christie Lee Fisher is an Atlanta native. Having been an avid theatre lover and performer for over 20 years, she is excited to be contributing to the theatre world off-stage now as well. Christie is a student at Kennesaw State University where she studies Communications and Public Relations.
CHRISTINA KUDLICKI HOTH is a born and bred native of the Dallas/Ft. Worth dance scene. As a skilled educator in multiple techniques, Hoth's choreography has garnered several local and national awards from reviewers and competition judges alike for her work in community theaters, high schools, and competition dance teams. After nearly a decade of directing a competitive dance studio, Hoth has recently stepped back onto the stage and is enjoying some much needed performance time. Hoth boasts a BA in Dance from the University of North Texas and in 2013 became a certified ballet instructor through the Cecchetti Council of America.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. A San Diego native, she has been involved in all things theatre since she was young. Having studied musical and children?s theatre, ErinMarie is especially supportive of having arts in education and encouraging opportunities for youth to be involved in all aspects of theatre. By night, she sings, dances, acts and performs around town, sometimes even in theaters!
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 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.
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 has a drama degree from the University of Exeter, and currently lives and works in Birmingham as a theatre marketing manager. As a performer, she has worked for Disneyland Paris and the National Sea Life Centre, alongside producing interactive children's theatre for a graduate company.
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.
Frances Steiner is a lifelong dancer and is passionate about advancing dance and the performing arts. She graduated from Lawrence University with a BA in French and Government and is currently working as a fundraiser in the non-profit world. Now based in Washington DC, she is enjoying exploring its unique cultural environment. You can connect with Frances on twitter at @Frannysteiner.
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.
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.
Gianluca Russo was born and raised in Albany, New York, and began his journey in the musical theatre world at the age of ten. After discovering his passion for writing in high school, he combined his two loves and began working as a theatre journalist, forming his own theatrical blog entitled ?Behind The Lights.? He is ecstatic to join the BroadwayWorld team and to draw attention to all the theatre in Upstate and Central New York.
Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas of film, television, and stage in his career; including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, Glenn Close, Anna Nicole Smith, Margaret Cho, and three Catwomen?Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. He had the fortuitous opportunity to conduct Lily Tomlin?s coming out interview. Gil has since reviewed movies and theatre for a number of local Los Angeles and national outlets. Check out his video interviews with the talented participants of S.T.A.G.E. @ http://apla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=STAGE_Video A montage of Gil?s Halloween Carnavale photos through the first decade of 2000 was selected to be included in the WeHo@ 25 juried exhibition in West Hollywood.
Guest Blogger: Adam Castaneda
Adam Castaneda is a dancer, writer, editor, and educator. He studied dance at Houston Community College where he performed with the school's African Dance and Drum Ensemble for three-and-a-half years. He received his MA in American and British literature from the University of Houston. Now, he enjoys teaching freshman-level English at Houston Community College - Northeast, freelancing for Houston Press, Houstonia Magazine, Texas Arts + Culture, and Dance Source Houston, and performing with FrenetiCore Dance. He also performs at Lipan Urban African Performing Arts Collective under the artistic direction of Gabriel and Julie Bata.
Guest Blogger: Jennifer Kronenberg
Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg was born in Queens, N.Y. where she trained with Teresa Aubel, Nicholas Orloff, Norman Walker and Barbara Walczack. She continued her studies on scholarship at the School of American Ballet before joining Miami City Ballet as an apprentice in 1994 at the age of 17. In 1999, just before being promoted to soloist, she was nominated by Edward Villella and Miami City Ballet for the prestigious Princess Grace Award. Moving steadily through the ranks, she was soon promoted to Principal Dancer in 2001. Kronenberg has danced leading roles in the majority of the Company?s diverse repertoire, performing with MCB at the Kennedy Center Honors, at the Jacob?s Pillow and Aspen Festivals, Torino?s Danza Festival in Italy, the Kennedy Center?s International Ballet Festival and Balanchine Celebrations, the Vail International Dance Festival, the NYC City Center?s Fall for Dance performance series, and at Les ?t?s de la Danse at the Th??tre du Ch?telet in Paris. She is very proud to have been a featured principal in the Balanchine Foundation?s Archival Filming of ?Rubies,? and in the film ?In Balanchine?s Classroom,? dancing excerpts from Bugaku. In March 2011, she was featured in PBS?s Great Performances ?Dance in America: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp.? She has also been featured on numerous occasions in Pointe Magazine, DanceView Times, Dance Spirit Magazine, and graced the cover of Dance Magazine?s October 2009 issue, being the subject of its feature article. She has written a ?From the Heart: Why I Dance? essay, which was published in Dance Magazine?s April 2011 issue, as well as a book entitled ?So, You Want to be a Ballet Dancer?? which has been published electronically by Diversion Books, with the second edition published in paperback by The University Press of Florida. Kronenberg has served as a regular faculty member of the Miami City Ballet Summer Intensive, and has been a guest teacher with several other schools including Ballet Arts of Jackson, Tenn., El Ballet de Monterrey Curso de Verano, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Naples Dance Conservatory, Ballet Chicago, Ballet East, Cary Ballet Conservatory, Florida Dance Conservatory, and Conchita Espinoza Academy of the Arts, among many others. She has also performed as a guest artist with Peoria Ballet, Ballet Arts of Jackson, Tenn., Ballet Americana, Ballet Chicago, Collin County Ballet Theater, New Orleans Ballet Theater, Lone Star Ballet, and at The Miami International Ballet Festival, Gala de las Estrellas in Santo Domingo, Florida Youth Dance Gala, and more. In 2010, Kronenberg was honored as one of Miami New Times? ?100 Creatives.? She has been happily married to fellow MCB Principal Dancer, Carlos Miguel Guerra, since 2006 and in 2012 they were overjoyed in welcoming to the world their beautiful daughter, Eva Carlynn.
My name is Hannah Menchhoff and I am a communication and theater student at George Mason University. I am the online lifestyle editor for the university's newspaper IV Estate.
Hannah Wing has an extensive background in editing and publishing. She has held positions ranging from editor of a literary magazine to literary agent intern. She has always had a soft spot for theatre and is thrilled to be writing for BroadwayWorld.com as a Contributing Editor. Currently, she is an analyst for a media company.
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.
Isabel D. Almaraz
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Isabel Almaraz began her artistic journey as a dancer; graduating from acclaimed performing arts high school, Coral Reef Senior High and beginning her professional career as a dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist at the age of 18. Isabel earned a B.A. in Dance Education from Florida International University and a M.A. in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Isabel has taught, choreographed, and directed dance programs in public schools and private dance studios, choreographed for international personalities such as Jon Secada and impersonators Frankie Kein and Manuel Arte; and danced for touring and local productions, commercial and industrial dance companies, and lyrical theater companies. As an Arts Administrator, Isabel has experience in arts education/community programs, writing and managing grants, and serves on various grant panels for the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.
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.
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Jay has been a theater geek for years. He attends as many shows as he can around the country and loves taking in new exciting works. Instituting a new three letter rating system for my reviews for 2014. They'll range from best to worst as WOW (A can?t miss), YAY (Too damn good), MEH+ (Good, with some great things going for it), MEH (Just OK), NAH (You can miss this one) and WTF (I think you can figure out my complex code there). Jay is also an actor in the local Seattle scene. Follow me on Twitter @SeattleBdwyGeek
Jeffrey Ellis is a Nashville-based writer, editor and critic, who's been covering the performing arts in Tennessee for more than 25 years. In 1989, Ellis and his partner launched Dare, Tennessee's Lesbian and Gay Newsweekly which later became known as Query. Ellis is the recipient of the Tennessee Theatre Association's Distinguished Service Award for his coverage of theater in the Volunteer State and was the founding editor/publisher of Stages, the Tennessee Onstage Monthly. He is a past fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and is the founder/executive producer of The First Night Honors - the history of which can be traced to 1989 and the first presentation of The First Night Awards - which honor outstanding theater artisans from Tennessee in recognition of their lifetime achievements and also includes The First Night Star Awards and the Most Promising Actors recognition. Midwinter's First Night honors outstanding productions and performances throughout the state. An accomplished director, Ellis helmed productions of La Cage Aux Folles, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and An American Daughter, all in their Nashville premieres, as well as award-winning productions of Damn Yankees, Company, Gypsy and The Rocky Horror Show. Ellis was recognized by The Tennessean as best director of a musical for both Company and Rocky Horror. In 2015, he directed William Inge's Picnic for Circle Players and Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years for VWA Theatricals, and in 2016, he directed Beth Henley's The Miss Firecracker Contest for The Larry Keeton Theatre. He will direct My Fair Lady for The Keeton in 2017.
Jeffrey Kare currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is studying Digital Filmmaking at Living Arts College. Having been born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Jeffrey took interest in live theater at age 11, Jeffrey also had the great pleasure of seeing shows at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, enjoying many trips to New York, participating in local theaters both onstage and off, even worked on backstage crew at the Players Guild Theater in Canton, where he earned himself a Golden Guild nomination. Jeffrey also has such a vast knowledge of the theater world, even getting to know about lots of shows and people in the broadway community past and present.
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 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.
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.
Majoring in Journalism and Media Studies as well as in Spanish Literary and Cultural Studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., Jennifer V?zquez has always possessed an extreme passion and reverence for the performing and visual arts. Born and raised a hop and a skip away from New York City, in the great state of New Jersey, she was introduced to the grand world of musicals and theater at a very young age?and never looked back! Jennifer is an avid fan of art galleries and museums, theater productions, musicals, operas, ballets, fashion, sports, movies, music and traveling. Currently, she is a news editor for various publications. She is also a regular anchor and reporter for a local television station where she has produced and edited various shows ? including entertainment and art-themed segments. ?I am beyond excited to be a part of the BroadwayWorld family!?
Jenny is a freelance stage manager, having graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010. Professional work includes: Wicked (UK tour), Our House & Merrily We Roll Along (Old Rep, Birmingham), War Horse (UK tour), The Lion King (UK tour), Spend, Spend, Spend & Just So (Birmingham Ormiston Academy), Godiva Awakes (Imagineer Productions), Wings of Desire (International Dance Festival Birmingham), Dick Whittington, Robin Hood, Aladdin, Cinderella and Jack & the Beanstalk (Solihull Arts Complex), Paul Daniels: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow & Liberace: Live From Heaven (Assembly, Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre). Predominantly Midlands-based, Jenny is also a keen writer in her spare time and frequently writes for Whatsonstage Central. She is proud to be part of the BroadwayWorld reviewers' team.
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
Jerri has loved taking photos all her life and was always the one in the family who took everyone?s picture. After her daughter was born, Jerri started scrapbooking and she became interested in taking better pictures for her scrapbooks. Then after her daughter started an interest in musical theatre, Jerri started taking pictures of the shows and developed a love for musical theatre as well. She has been seen snapping pics at many theatres around Columbus and surrounding areas. To see more of Jerri?s work, visit http://jams.smugmug.com
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 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!
A native Minnesotan, Jill is an enthusiastic theater-goer in the Twin Cities area and an advocate for local theater companies small and large. After becoming a Guthrie season subscriber in 2003, she found herself attending more and more theater, so decided to start an independent theater blog called Cherry and Spoon in 2010. With no background or training in theater (other than a few stints in the pit orchestra in high school), Jill writes from an audience perspective. Read more of Jill?s writing on cherryandspoon.com.
Joey Panek thought he ended a 13-year professional stage career in 2009 when he launched a web marketing endeavor with the HuB Incubator, but thankfully he's found out that "show biz" just won't die. You can now find Joey online exploring pop culture and who knows what else at How Bout Joey, and as one of the stars of Saratopia, an original webseries satirizing our lovely city, or through his "almost daily" youtube webblog. Joey is also a member of Lazy Fairy Improv Troupe, and he is co-director of Dance Trance Sarasota, a dance fitness class. He hopes to one day save the world through entertainment and martinis.
Joseph Harrison has been involved with the theatre in some form or fashion all his life. He holds a Journalism degree from the University of Georgia, but his true love is the theatre which he has been involved in as a spectator as well as an actor for the last 25+ years. He has performed in a variety of musicals over the years including PIPPIN, CITY OF ANGELS, 1776, WORKING, LITTLE WOMEN, WORKING, GODSPELL (Jesus) and JOSEPH..DREAMCOAT (Joseph) just to name a few. He currently resides in West Hartford, CT with his wife, Shannon and their two children.
Juan Michael Porter II
Juan Michael Porter II was born in Mobile, Alabama. He moved to NYC as a teenager to study with David Howard, Troy Powell, Milton Myers. He has worked with H.T. Chen & Dancers, NYCOpera, Michael Mao Dance, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Balasole Dance Company, Alpha Omega Dance Company, Genesis Dance Company, with the indie pop musicians Autre Ne Veut and Bird Mask, the playwright Isaiah Sheffer, and the choreographers Rose Marie Guirard, Yung Yung Tsuai, and Paskal Rekoert. Juan Michael is the award winning playwright of "Whore Works". As a writer, director, and choreographer, his work has been presented by Creative Concept Productions, Sugar Valley Theatricals, Dixon Place, Sangre de Cristo Art Center (Guest Artist in Residence), 3rd Ward, The Fresh Fruit Festival (Best New Play Award; 2011), Chen Dance Center (newSteps Commission 2013), and Webster Hall. Additionally, Juan Michael is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of The Moving Beauty Series, the Artistic Partner of Williamsburg Movement & Arts Center, the former Director of Dance of Webster Hall's Quarterly Art Soir?e, and the former Regional Coordinator of The New York City Road Runners Foundation.
Kailey is a Chicago-based writer with a passion for all things theater, cats and coffee. She graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in theater, studied plays for a term in England and Ireland, and interned at an opera house. Today, she's a communications specialist and freelance writer.
Karen Bovard has been reviewing theater for the last 15 years in the Hartford, CT area, publishing in weekly outlets as well as scholarly journals. She's been making theater for more than 40 years, amassing over 70 directing credits. An avid theater goer, she's seen professional productions of all of Shakespeare's plays, completing the canon from the audience pov. She holds a Ph.D. in Theater & Women's Studies and heads an arts diploma program at Watkinson School. A global educator, she has lived, studied, or worked in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Russia, France, and Germany.
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.
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.
Kimberly is an Orlando-based writer, originally born and raised on Long Island. She moved to Orlando, just over 5 years ago to pursue her dream of being a Shamu trainer. Kim quickly realized that she is better behind a keyboard and her current day job is in marketing for a large theme park. Kim's favorite show in the entire world is The Phantom of the Opera and she's seen it more times than you. Kimberly earned her BS in Communications from Boston University in 2008, and an AS in Paralegal Studies from Valencia College in 2012.
I am a student at Rider University double majoring in journalism and theatre studies. I have been involved in theatre for over eight years, however I really enjoy writing about it. I have written several previews and reviews for my school's award-winning paper, as well as for my own personal blog. Ultimately, I hope to become a reporter for theatre, as well as a theatre critic.
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.
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!
Kyle Christopher West
Kyle Christopher West is a recent transplant to Texas, having previously worked in Arizona, New York City and Massachusetts. For his work in theatre, Kyle has received numerous awards for his stage direction, choreography, costume and scenic design. He has recently served on the board of directors for Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre and Mesa Encore Theatre and has produced and directed dozens of stage productions. Outside of theatre, Kyle is passionate about travel, event planning and photography. For more information, visit www.KyleChristopherWest.com.
A recent Barnard College graduate, Lauren engages with dance in many capacities. She has worked with Reggie Wilson, Mark Dendy, and Annie B Parson, among other NYC choreographers, created and choreographed several 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 is currently an Assistant Editor at Dance Magazine.
Leanne graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre from the Ballarat Arts Academy with credits including, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Lady Beatrice/Dance Captain in Once Upon a Mattress, Mrs Fairfax understudy in Jane Eyre and her self-devised cabaret entitled, Love Me xx. Since graduating she has performed supporting roles in such shows as The Boy Friend, Sugar and Singing In The Rain for The Production Company. She has also written and performed her own cabaret shows performing sold out seasons for various festivals, featured in television commercials and music videos. She put her hand to producing in 2014 for The World of Ahrens & Flaherty concert and has been employed by the VCA as Dance Lecturer/Choreographer for the Broadway Bound Music Theatre Course. Her work also includes two concert tours of China in 2014, as Choreographer for Four Seasons In One Night and Choreographer/Performer in the Best of Broadway. On top of performing, she is gaining more roles as a Director and Choreographer including, The Last Five Queers, with a return season for the Mid-Winta Festival set for later this year and her fourth tour for Style Music Theatre. She is also Creative Director of her own business, Moveworks- bringing movement to the workplace.
Dr. Byron has accomplished the educational leadership trifecta: superintendent in public schools, headmaster in private schools, and head of school in charter schools. In addition, he is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Dance Foundation, a non-profit foundation whose mission is to use ballroom dancing to enhance the lives of children, and was the executive director of the Starfinder Foundation, a non-profit foundation that uses soccer as a motivator to teach leadership skills to teenagers in low-income communities. His doctorate is from Columbia University.
Libby Ryan comes to BroadwayWorld Atlanta via Minneapolis. She's a recent journalism grad and freelance writer, covering travel, culture and, of course, theater. When she?s not working or writing, she?s driving her roommates crazy by singing show tunes in the kitchen.
Linda Ann Watt
Linda Ann Watt is a member of SAG, AFTRA and AEA and owns Corlin Productions, a union franchised production house. Through Corlin Productions, Watt has written and directed film, television, documentaries, commercials and educational programs with celebrity guests including Betty White, Nell Carter, Dom DeLuise, Aaron Neville, Tippi Hedren and Sid Caesar. Watt teaches two acting & scene study classes at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center?the Master Class using "Method" techniques and the Workshop Advanced for working actors, directors and writers. Watt has been a recipient of a Grass Roots Arts Project (GAP) Grant 2008-2012, awarded through the Union County Community Arts Council (UCCAC) and the North Carolina Arts Council for an Enrichment Arts Program teaching acting and filmmaking & editing to youth, coordinated though Union County Public School (UCPS). Watt produces lectures featuring entertainment industry and celebrity guests for the Charlotte community. As a past executive board member of Women In Film in Los Angeles, Watt chaired and produced the Academy Awards? Viewing Party four consecutive years, which became an annual top Hollywood event. Watt has appeared in movies, television stage and national commercials. Watt is presently in post-production with her children?s series for Funny Productions, a division of Corlin Productions and she has been asked to direct a feature film "Thirty Day Promise" in late summer. For more information: www.corlinproductions.com
Maria Peyramaure is a bilingual stage, voice-over, film and commercial actress. She has worked with IATI Theater, AENY, EgoActus, Repertorio Espa?ol, The Jewish Plays Project, INTAR, The Mint Theater, Boomerang Theater Company, Overturn Ensemble, Teatro Thalia, Georgia Shakespeare, The Alliance Theater, Two River Theater, and many others! She is a recipient of an HOLA award 2014 for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble (D?as Estupendos, AENY & IATI) and an ACE Award 2014 nomination for best comedic actress. When not on stage, Maria performs regularly as Dr. MooChacha, a clown doctor that entertains children in pediatric hospitals with the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program. See more at www.MariaPeyramaure.com
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 Kamen aka MARINA has lost 100 Pounds! She is a Certified Fitness Expert in addition to Grammy Nominated & Billboard Charting Recording Artist, Composer, Producer, Director, Casting Director, Choreographer, Vocalist, Violinist and Mother of 3 children. Ms. Kamen has been covered in The LA Times, NY Post, Prevention Magazine, Woman's World and been seen on ShopNBC, The Tyra Banks Show, ABCNews, The Discovery Health Network, Noggin & PBS. Her voice has been heard on countless commercial products including Verizon with James Earl Jones, Exxon Moblie, Pop Tarts Tourneau & Disney Destinations. Ms.Kamen has worked in the entertainment Industry for over 35 years with an array of celebrity talent including Liza Minnelli, Patti Labelle, James Earl Jones, & Carnie Wison and has choreographed for Columbia Records, BMG & Atlantic Records in addition to acting as Spokesperson for The NYC division of The Naras Foundation which Hosts The Grammy Awards. She trained at The American Ballet Theater, Luigi's, Broadway Dance Center in addition to the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. She has been co-owner of Kamen Entertainment Group, Inc. www.kamen.com since 1987 which is an Entertainment Company with over 140 Industry Awards under its belt. Ms. Kamen is the winner of the first "People?s Choice Award" for Health & Fitness Podcasting in 2005 and has Produced her catalogue of now over 1,200 Original Music Podcast WORKOUTS and Original Musical Fitness Audio & Video Workout Programs available at: www.HighEnergyFitness.com MARINA's High-nrg Fitness LIVE!..an interactive Musical Theater WORKOUT Experience! is currently playing on Mondays at 6:00pm in NYC! www.marinashighnrgfitness.com MARINA's Musical Health Audio & VideoTaped Workout Celebrity Interviews may be seen at www.musicalhealthtalk.com
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 is BroadwayWorld's Senior TV and Film critic, and is an editor at BWW Orlando. He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and has worked in sports media relations, as a theatre director, producer, and teacher, and he is the Executive and Co-Artistic Director of The Squeaky Wheel Theatre Project in Orlando, Florida. He also hosts BroadwayWorld's "Some Like it Pop" podcast. You can connect with Matt through Twitter @BWWMatt.
Melanie Votaw is a dancer/singer/actress who studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and character dance for nearly 20 years. Her teacher was one of the fastest tap dancers in the world in the 1930s. In addition to performing in cabaret, contemporary theater, and Shakespeare, Melanie has taught dance and choreographed solo pieces and musicals. As a writer, she has reviewed dance, theater, film, and television, as well as interviewed stars like Nigel Lythgoe, Patrick Stewart, Linda Lavin, Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza, Leslie Odom, Jr., Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Norbert Leo Butz, and Andrew Lippa. She has published 25 non-fiction books, fiction, poetry, and photography, and she holds a B.A. in English literature.
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.
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.
Michele Miller is performer, writer, and educator. She is the founder and artistic director of Propbox Players a theatre company for very young and young audiences that aims to engage, excite, and educate through theatre. She earned her Master?s in Educational Theatre from New York University in 2009 and received her B.F.A in Theatre from Adelphi University in 2003. She has performed with many national touring and regional theatre productions, such as New England Shakespeare Festival, Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, ,and George Street Playhouse. Michele has been a theatre teacher and administrator throughout New Jersey, including McCarter Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, and Passage Theatre Company. Some of her students have been awarded theatre scholarships, performed with professional companies such as STREB, and participated in a documentary with The College of New Jersey. Michele is a Theatre teacher in New Jersey as well as an adjunct faculty member at Passaic County Community College and Adelphi University where she is also the co founder of the Educational Theatre program. Michele?s writing has been presented at Emerging Artists Theatre New Work Series and United Solo Theatre Festival, published with Indie Theater Now.com, Incite Insight, and The Write Teacher(s).com.
Natalie de la Garza
What do Peja Stojakovic, Richard Kline, and Weird Al Yankovic all have in common? The answer: their autographs all reside amongst Natalie?s most prized possessions. A Rice graduate with what some might call an eclectic set of interests, Natalie loves all things pop culture. Though now a Houston transplant, Natalie is still a proud San Antonian - the only thing she loves more than old tv shows and even older films is her San Antonio Spurs.
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.
Nyderah Williams is a native Houstonian and a graduate from University of Houston. Thanks to her parents, she has been an enthusiast of the performing arts since the day she was born. In addition to the arts, she has a passion for learning languages and reading. One day she hopes to travel to every continent in the world. Until then, she will settle for traveling to every used bookstore in Houston.
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.
Pam came to Washington for the politics but instead found a home in its cultural community. For more than 20 years, Pam has worked behind the scenes in DC?s non-profit theatres as a grant writer and fundraiser. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and The George Washington University. She is raising her two children to be avid arts enthusiasts.
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.
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.
Racheal McCaig is a critically acclaimed, award winning photographer whose work has been featured in every major Canadian newspaper as well as magazines and on-line media, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Canadian Living and BroadwayWorld.com. Her coverage ranges from theatrical production stills and performers portraits, to highlighting special events and creating family memories. For 3 years she wrote the award winning Energizer Mummy, a funny and touching column for Energizer Canada. She was commissioned in 2011 to write an arts and culture feature called Cocktails & Curtain Calls along with lifestyle and parenting articles for Canadian Living. A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, she also works with Square Circle and is on the Board of Directors for Jeunesses Musicales.
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Rob Myers is a proud graduate of the University of South Florida, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public and Cultural Communication. Rob's journalistic expression is insightful, stimulating, and provocative. A Broadway enthusiast and musical theatre aficionado, Rob is more than thrilled and honored to be a Contributing Editor for BroadwayWorld in the Atlanta market.
With over 35 years of experience in opera, operetta, musical theater, and stage plays, Ms. DellAversano feeds her passion for creating multi-faceted, entertaining theater experiences through her position as Co-Founder, Executive & Producing Artistic Director for Bootless Stageworks. Ms. DellAversano?s talents are noted as being ?insightful,? ?well-crafted,? ?thoroughly effective,? and ?amazingly creative.???Select Stage Director assignments: Jerry Springer: The Opera, Next to Normal, The 39 Steps, Terminator The Second (premiere), Musical of the Living Dead (premiere), Evil Dead The Musical, Bug, Venus in Fur, Dead Man?s Cell Phone, The Light in the Piazza, Chess (UK version) in Concert, The Velveteen Rabbit: A Puppet Musical (premier), Il Trovatore, Die Zauberfl?te, Cosi Fan Tutti, Die Fladermaus. Select Assistant Director assignments: Die Zauberfl?te, Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana (with Helen Hayes Award-Winning Director Joe Banno), Little Women, Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Die Fledermaus, Porgy & Bess (with Tony award-winner Stuart Malina, Conductor). ? Select roles: Abby (The Musical of Musicals, The Musical), Lilli Vanessi/Katherine (Kiss Me, Kate), Hattie (Kiss Me, Kate), Julia Child (Bon Appetit!), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Gianetta (The Gondoliers), Laetitia (The Zoo), Iolanthe (Iolanthe), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show), Sister Hubert (Nunsense II), Fabian (Twelfth Night). Opera coro: Carmen, Turandot, Aida, La Traviata, Die Zauberfl?te, Romeo et Juliette, Gondoliers, Miakdo, Pirates of Penzance. Concert appearances: The New York Youth Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Syphony, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Allant Consortium Musica. Awards: Stage Director - Evil Dead, The Musical (Broadway World Delaware 2015), Prelude to A Kiss (DTAFest 2010); Set Design - Oprah Made Me Do It (DTAFest 2008), Bon Appetit! (ESTAFest 2009); Properties - Bon Appetit! (ESTAFest 2009); Costumes - Die Zauberfl?te (AACT 2007); Fight Choreography - Oprah Made Me Do It (DTAFest 2008)
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, 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.
As one who has been an Art Director in several notable advertising agencies, one can easily see how that has influenced Roy's photographic work. Mainly spending his time as a portrait photographer, but when time allows, his other passion takes him to the musical theatre. It is here, that he captures special moments in time to be immortalized. His photographs capture the essence of the subject, and often, the character of the individuals they are portraying. Roy is the official photographer for Musical Theatre Review in London UK. At the moment, Roy is preparing for his book and photo exhibition showcasing people that have contributed to making the theatrical stage a magical place. Easily recognizable artists that have been photographed so far include Bea Arthur, Chaim Topol, Chita Rivera, Elaine Stritch, Julie Walters, to name but a few http://roytan3.wix.com/exhibition Over the last 15 years, nearly all the West End photo-calls have seen Roy's presence. He has also been the Official Photographer for a few noted West End / Off West End productions, most recently for 2015 Gatsby & I Loved Lucy at The Art?s Theatre, Matthew Bourne's Early Adventures at Sadler's Wells Theatre, Soho Cinders by Elliot Davis, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe at Soho Theatre, Crazy For You at Novello Theatre ( winner of the 2012 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival ). And coming June as the official photographer for a new play Savage at The Art?s Theatre and Gertrude at Theatre N 16. For more details go to www.roytan.zenfolio.com
Sally Henry is a BroadwayWorld contributor based in Georgia who manages the News Desk on the weekends, including the weekly #SIP roundups. She also writes weekly features ranging from historically-based reflections to interviews with all the cool kids in the industry. She takes pride in her ginger hair and in being *that* friend who actually loves The Scarlet Pimpernel musical. Read more from Sally on Twitter: @BwayGinger, Blogger: SingularSensationBway.blogspot.com, and Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SingularSensationbway
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 and performance dance.
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.
Steve Wilson is a professional writer, artist, and photographer living in the Kansas City metropolitan area. For the last two years, he has been writing theatrical reviews, covering more than a dozen theatrical companies in the area. Previously he has written comedy material for nationally known entertainers, taught comedy writing at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and has had two books published. He continues to write for an internet news service covering sports, travel, and art in the area.
Stevie King is a freelance writer and comedian with a passion for writing and directing new material, whether it's digital content or live performances. They're excited to be writing for Broadway World, and can't wait to share with everyone the amazing new work happening in Atlanta! In their spare time, Stevie likes to wear dresses, fall asleep to episodes of 30 Rock, and write listings for the 'missed connections' section on Craigslist. You can check out more of Stevie's work at www.stevieking.net
Tim Carney graduated from Lasalle College of the Arts Singapore with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical theatre. Tim relocated to London performing in the international cast of Mamma Mia! understudying Harry Bright. Since finishing the show Tim filmed the European TV campaign for Fosters Nreweries and performed as a vocalist on the Best of Musicals European Tour.
Todd Zeigler has been writing, directing and performing around the Louisville, Kentucky area since 2006. Proud contributor to BroadwayWorld since September 2013.
Tracy E. Hopkins is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer who enjoys music and dance, playing with cats, and writing her lifestyle blog, Everything She Wants.net. Her work has appeared in The Associated Press, Dance Retailer News and Essence Magazine, among other publications.
Veronica Bruscini is an avid theatergoer with a passion for the written word. She occasionally steps behind the curtain as a puppeteer and stage manager, and she has worked as the assistant director for three productions sponsored by the Holocaust through the Arts educational initiative. Psalm 111:10.
Vickie is an award-winning director, producer, playwright, and president of Soaring High Productions, a theatrical production and talent development company.
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 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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by Sondra Forsyth