Meet the Team - BWW TV
ADAM JAY has overseen the management, development and implementation of sales and marketing initiatives as well as online and promotional campaigns for major Broadway productions and worldwide tours for the last 15 years. He is a lover of Stouffer's French Bread Pizza and played the Wizard in his high school production of The Wizard of Oz.
Aimee Verder Curameng is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with a degree in Film Studies that took her back to her native city of Los Angeles. Once a casual hobby, photography has become a passion. A musical theatre fan since she was a child, you can often find her admiring talented performers and artists by attending shows in the Southern California area (and beyond). Follow her on Twitter @aimeecurameng and on Instagram @aimeecurameng.
Alan is the Toronto Senior Editor and Social Media Manager at BroadwayWorld.com. Alan has been with BroadwayWorld since 2013 and became the Toronto Senior Editor in February 2014. ?I?m incredibly fortunate that I?ve found a way to be involved with our arts community in the position that I have. The theatre community is made up of some of the kindest and friendliest people I know ? and I look forward to serving the community by continuing the high standard of coverage expected of BroadwayWorld.? Twitter: @AlanHenry | Facebook: Facebook.com/AlanHenryWrites Email: email@example.com | www.alanhenrywrites.com
Alix Cohen?s writing began with poetry, segued into lyrics then took a commercial detour. She now authors pieces about culture/the arts including reviews and features. A diehard proponent of cabaret, she?s also a theater aficionado; a voting member of Drama Desk, of The Drama League and of The NY Press Club in addition to MAC. Currently Alix additionally writes for Cabaret Scenes, Theater Pizzazz, and Woman Around Town. Pieces have also been published by The New York Post, The National Observer?s Playground Magazine, and Pasadena Magazine. Alix is the recipient of six New York Press Club Awards.
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.
Christina Mancuso, a mother of 3, has traveled to well over 70 cities on various Broadway National Tours. She is now residing in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio after spending a year in NYC to support her daughter's Broadway debut. Besides writing, traveling, and mothering, she is a 13-time marathon runner (including the 2015 Boston Marathon), freelance artist, classical violinist, and a previous Paralegal with over 20 years of writing and research experience. Mancuso is listed in 'Who's Who Worldwide' and has been recognized for "Outstanding Leadership in Media" by the International Women's Leadership Association. A former Theatre Critic for both Columbus and NYC, Christina is currently the Regional Managing Editor of BroadwayWorld.com and Editor-in-Chief of BWWFitnessWorld.com.
Courtney is a film, TV, and theatre buff who received her BA in Film Studies & Production from Hofstra University in hopes of putting her knowledge to good use. While studying, she produced a festival-winning short film and wrote and directed a number of other shorts. She can quote a ridiculous number of movies and plays and is currently writing her first feature-length film, which she hopes will one day be quoted by others.
Danielle, originally from Massachusetts, currently resides in Orlando, FL. She recently graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Business Administration: Marketing. Danielle has been a lover of theatre, music, and dance from a young age. Writing, blogging, and social media have been ways to continue to express her love for Broadway and the arts. Follow her on Twitter at @DanielleAshly.
David Clarke has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts, and has been writing about theatre both locally and nationally for years. He joined BroadwayWorld.com running their Houston site in early 2012 and began writing as the site's official theatre recording critic in June of 2013. Photo by Greg Salvatori.
David Green is the Executive Director of The American Foundation For Arts Education, founded by Carol Channing and her late husband, Harry Kullijian -- working to restore the Arts to our nation?s public schools and provide an arts education to every child in America. He is the founder and President of the nationally acclaimed "Musical Theatre University", a training ground for talented young people with aspirations for careers in theatre, most specifically musical theatre. Mr. Green's Broadway alumni include Tony -nominees Matthew Morrison and Stephanie Block, Drama Desk nominee Lindsay Mendez, Krysta Rodriguez, Scott Barnhardt and Anneliese VanDerPol to name a few. As a producer and director, he has staged over 150 theatrical productions for both educational and professional theatre and with such stars as Carol Channing, Cathy Rigby, JoAnne Worley, Rex Smith, Jonelle Allen, Eric Kunze, Davis Gaines, Stephanie Zimbalist, John Raitt, Betty Garrett and more. Mr. Green is the Regional Editor and Reviewer for the Inland Empire of Southern California.
Like Michigan J. Frog, Desiree Fantal is a wonderful singer, dancer and actor ? except only when no one is looking. Though this flaw has kept her from the stage, she remains firmly planted in the front row of every theater in the Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Area. She has worked as a ?Ninja? for Gorilla Theatre (?Shipwrecked! An Entertainment?) and as a photographer for Tampa Repertory Theatre (?Heroes,? ?Hamlet? & other plays that don?t add to the alliteration). A proud graduate of the University of South Florida, she displays her framed creative writing degree on a shelf behind a stack of plays from Samuel French. She is excited to be a part of BroadwayWorld.com and hopes to highlight the theatrical gems of the Bay Area.
Dylan was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Currently a junior at University of Houston, Dylan is working towards his degree in Communications/Media Studies. Dylan has always enjoyed reading and writing, and in the last few years has self-published two books of his own. Dylan hopes to see some of his work on Broadway someday.
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 Peterson-Vita, Ph.D., is co-founder and Artistic Director of Actors Scene Unseen, a Charlotte-based theatre company credited with stage productions, radio theatre broadcasts, and audio CDs. She has directed over 45 productions, and has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards from the Metrolina Theatre Association. She is also an actor and free-lance writer, and has been a theatre and film reviewer for print and on-line media. ?Dr. E.?s? off-stage role is that of a clinical psychologist.
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.
Violinist turned author ERICA MINER has had a multi-faceted career as an award-winning screenwriter, author, lecturer and poet. A native of Detroit, she studied violin at Boston University with Boston Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Joseph Silverstein, where she graduated cum laude; the New England Conservatory of Music, and the Tanglewood Music Center, summer home of the Boston Symphony, where she performed with such celebrated conductors as Leonard Bernstein. She continued her studies with Mr. Silverstein at the New England Conservatory of Music, and went on to perform with the prestigious Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for twenty-one years, where she worked closely with much-respected maestro James Levine and numerous other luminaries of the opera world. After retiring from the Met, Erica drew upon her lifelong love for writing as her creative outlet and studied screenwriting in Los Angeles with screenplay guru Linda Seger. Erica?s screenplays awards include such recognized competitions as Santa Fe and the Writer?s Digest. Her debut novel, TRAVELS WITH MY LOVERS, won the Fiction Prize in the Direct from the Author Book Awards. Subsequent published novels include the first in Erica?s FOUREVER FRIENDS novel series chronicling four teenage girls coming of age in the volatile 60s. Her suspense thriller MURDER IN THE PIT, a novel of assassination and intrigue at the Metropolitan Opera, has won rave reviews across the board. Erica?s lectures, seminars and workshops have received kudos throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, and she has won top ratings as a special lecturer for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. An active contributor to OperaPulse.com (http://www.operapulse.com/author/ericaminer/) and LAOpus.com (http://www.laopus.com/search/label/Erica), she also contributed a monthly ?Power of Journaling? article series for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women newsletter (http://nabbw.com/expert-columns/books-and-authoring/journaling/the-power-of- journaling-part-2/). Other writings have appeared in Vision Magazine, WORD San Diego, Istanbul Our City, and numerous E-zines. Erica?s lecture topics include ?The Art of Self- Re-invention,? ?Journaling: the Write Way to Write Fiction,? ?Solving the Mystery of Mystery Writing,? and ?Opera Meets Hollywood.? Details about Erica?s novels, screenplays and lectures can be found on her website (http://www.ericaminer.com.
A Baltimore, Maryland native living in NYC, Erin has a passion for all things television and theater. After graduating in 2011 from Towson University with a Mass Communications degree, Erin developed a love for reviewing and critiquing television. Original content can be found at erinlikestv.com and can also be found tweeting about TV, Broadway shows, and sloths @enr702.
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.
Gregory G. Allen
Gregory G. Allen is a member of the Dramatist Guild and has been in the entertainment business for twenty five years as an actor, writer, composer, artistic director, and producer. He was a composer in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, has had over ten shows that he has served as book writer and/or composer/lyricists produced on stage, received numerous grants and awards for writing, has had short stories and articles published in a dozen different anthologies and websites, and is an award-winning author of three novels and a children's picture book on autism awareness.
Heidi is currently an Academic Advisor at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she helps freshmen students acclimate to college life. When she?s not at work, she spends her time shopping, travelling, reading, writing, and jamming to showtunes in the car. Heidi has always had a passion for the performing arts, especially ballet and musical theatre, and hopes to indulge her inner theatre geek through her writing.
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."
Jacqueline "Rock" Bublitz is a Melbourne-based writer who saw a local production of Annie aged 5, and was never quite the same. Since that first transformative experience, she has been lucky enough to experience musical theatre all over the world. Many of her favourite productions have played right on her doorstep here in Melbourne, and she loves this about her creative home town. In addition to a day job in media, Rock has just completed her first novel, 'The Memory of Stars'. She also blogs about life and love at www.bodyremember.com (where she shamelessly mines the world of musical theatre for inspiration!).
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.
Jeff Davis is a graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Theater with an emphasis in Directing.
Jeffrey Walker contributes reviews and features for the Washington, DC market on Broadway World and DC Theatre Scene. He occasionally writes about television and videos for TV-World. Jeffrey is an experienced director and actor and has performed in musicals, Shakespeare, operettas, and contemporary works. By day, Jeff teaches high school theatre arts. He is a graduate of Roanoke College.
Jennifer 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.
New TV recapper, Jennifer, received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Kutztown State University in Pennsylvania. She recently returned from 2 years with the US Peace Corps in Moldova and currently resides in Los Angeles. Jennifer works for a cosmetics company in Brentwood and is one of the stage managers at the Rogue Machine Theatre. You can connect with Jennifer through Twitter: @eponineq.
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 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 Naftaly, a NYC native, is currently a film major at the School of Visual Arts, with a focus in directing. She has a passion for writing, film, television and theater and is an aspiring screenwriter and director.
A lover of all things Beyonce and Mexican food Joey is a lifetime Florida resident and has always had a passion for the entertainment industry. When he's not busy working full time for a non-profit you can find him roaming his local Target or live-tweeting must see TV. Follow Joey on Twitter @joeyohern and LIKE him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/joeyohern.
Kaitlin Milligan is from Fort Lauderdale, FL, but is currently a Senior studying Telecommunications Production with a Minor in English at The University of Florida. She is interested in scriptwriting for Television, Film, and Theatre, and hopes to work in the entertainment business when she graduates.
Kara McCoy graduated magna cum laude from Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island with a BA in English. As a Long Island native currently working in Brooklyn, she was raised to appreciate the perks of living in the shadow of the greatest city in the world, singing showtunes in the back of her mom?s car since she learned to speak. Today, she enjoys spending her free time out of the office in the theatre, openly referring to herself as a musical theatre enthusiast, a cinephile, a TV junkie, and, to top it all off, a Shakespeare nerd. Determined to prove to her parents that her four years studying the finer points of English literature and composition were not a waste, she also enjoys writing about all things entertainment, and is beginning to realize that she may not even be half bad at it.
Katherine Waddell is a theater artist and administrator who comes to Broadway World with experience both on the stage and behind the scenes. Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Katherine found her passion for theater in the 4th grade and hasn?t looked back since,accumulating over 13 years of experience. With a plan to pursue a career in Arts Management and one day open her own theater, Katherine is excited to seize any opportunity regarding the theater arts.
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.
Larry Murray has been writing about theatre, music and dance for a long time. Over the years he has worked with Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, and numerous theatre companies. He helped begin Arts Boston, an umbrella organization and served as its CEO for a decade. As chair of Boston's Midtown Cultural District Task Force,he paved the way for new facilities for local theatres. He works behind the scene to nurture the performing arts, but in 1989 was named New England's Entertainer of the Year. His online blog, BerkshireOnStage.com is well known as an authoritative voice on the arts of Western Massachusetts. Over the years he has written for the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Berkshire Fine Arts and is a regular contributor to Nippertown, the Albany, NY entertainment website.
Leigh Scheps is an award winning journalist based in New York City. As a Broadway Buff, Leigh is elated to join the Broadway World team as a contributor. Leigh is currently a digital reporter for Inside Edition. Her stories ranging from Broadway, viral, trending, hard news and pop culture, can be seen on national platforms including AOL, MSN and Yahoo. Prior to this position, Leigh's reported for Fox News, Buzz60 and news stations in Philadelphia, Fort Myers, Binghamton, Bronx and Brooklyn.
America's most uncoordinated childhood ballet and tap student before discovering that her talents were music and writing, Marakay Rogers finally traded in her violin for law school when she realized that she might make more money in law than she did performing with the Potomac Symphony and in orchestra pits around the mid-Atlantic. A graduate of Wilson College (PA) with additional studies in drama and literature from Open University (UK), Marakay is also a writer, film reviewer and interviewer as well as a guest lecturer at various colleges, and is listed in Marquis' "Who's Who in America". As of 2014, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Beaux Arts Society, Inc. of New York and a member of GALECA (Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association). Marakay is senior theatre critic for Central Pennsylvania and a senior editor for BWWBooksWorld as well as a classical music reviewer. In her free time, Marakay practices law and often gets it right.
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.
Mary Damiano is a writer, editor, and theater critic based in Fort Lauderdale. Originally from Jersey City, Mary?s love affair with theater began when she saw her first show at the Paper Mill Playhouse on a school field trip. She loves the energy of an opening night, the thrill of seeing a playwright's work performed for the first time, the intensity when a performance moves an audience profoundly. Mary has been writing about theatre since 2000 and has had more than a thousand theatre-related articles and reviews published in numerous publications. She worked at the historic Coconut Grove Playhouse as the public relations and marketing coordinator and is currently an administrator and judge for the Carbonell Awards, which honors excellence in South Florida theatre. Mary is passionate about theater, especially the vibrant theater scene in South Florida, and loves to share that passion with the world.
Matt Hanson is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Starting in music and arts journalism at eighteen in both print and digital publications from the newsroom of The Standard Times, he now regularly contributes literary criticism for Atticus Review, and reviews independent music for Discorder Magazine. As a former resident of Egypt, Mexico, Peru, and Canada, he publishes widely on themes of international relevance for such publications as Nation of Change, The Leftist Review, The Dominion, This Magazine, and many others. Currently a docent at Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum, he explores migrant history through oral, narrative, and creative approaches to literature.
Matt Smith, a proud graduate of Skidmore College, is a writer and theatre enthusiast based in New York. For more information, including additional writing samples, he encourages you to visit www.mattsmiththeatre.com.
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.
Meg Wood is a fan of movies, theatre and television. She has acted on stage during her days in New York City and continues to do so North Carolina when she can get a break from her day job. She loves playing in Shakespeare and Chekhov, but finds it difficult making a living through those playwrights, so she is forced to practice law.
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.
After 20-odd years singing, dancing and acting in dinner theatres, summer stocks and the ever-popular audience participation murder mysteries (try improvising with audiences after they?ve had two hours of open bar), Michael Dale segued his theatrical ambitions into playwriting. The buildings which once housed the 5 Off-Off Broadway plays he penned have all been destroyed or turned into a Starbucks, but his name remains the answer to the trivia question, "Who wrote the official play of Babe Ruth's 100th Birthday?" He served as Artistic Director for The Play's The Thing Theatre Company, helping to bring free live theatre to underserved communities, and dabbled a bit in stage managing and in directing cabaret shows before answering the call (it was an email, actually) to become BroadwayWorld.com's first Chief Theatre Critic. While not attending shows Michael can be seen at Citi Field pleading for the Mets to stop imploding. Likes: Strong book musicals and ambitious new works. Dislikes: Unprepared celebrities making their stage acting debuts by starring on Broadway and weak bullpens.
Michael L. Quintos
A So. Cal. Contributing Editor since 2009, Michael Lawrence Quintos is a quiet, mild-mannered Designer by day. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Counter-Tenor soloist, actor, and dancer for MenAlive since 2002. He's sung everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various stage productions and a couple of nationally-televised programs. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and a BA in Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various entertainment/media companies, while spending his free time performing and, yes, watching shows. Follow Michael on Twitter at: twitter.com/cre8iveMLQ.
Misha Davenport is the editor of Broadway World Chicago. A Chicago-based freelance writer, blogger, critic and singer. He studied playwriting at Michigan State University under the late Arthur Athanason. He covered theater in the Windy City for more than a decade at the Chicago Sun-Times. He is a fierce advocate and lover of live theater from shows in 50-seat storefronts to big Broadway blockbusters.
N. Morrison is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Goldsmiths College, is an accomplished musical theatre nerd.
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.
Nicole is a junior studying Strategic Communications and History at Elon University in North Carolina. When she?s not filming YouTube videos or writing blog posts, she?s typically obsessively checking Twitter and attempting to perfect her Hamilton rapping skills. She loves travel, musicals, and all things British.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nicole began writing for BroadwayWorld in 2010. She currently resides in New York City, where she gets to enjoy far more great theatre than she ever dreamed.
I am a public relations and digital marketing professional who works with CEOs and young professionals across the globe to further hone their creativity, stakeholders' engagement strategies, and writing and communication skills. As a traveling professional, who earned his master's degree from New York University, I help a wide range of clients and employers to make their brands resonate in traditional and digital media. Simultaneously, I write and edit for New York-based media outlets BroadwayWorld.com and Fil-Am Who's Who, which cater to different audiences but nonetheless both deliver engaging and tightly edited content. My mission is to educate people to find their distinctive voice, which can penetrate much deeper in a world full of noise and clutter.
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.
Patti's credits include Broadway/National Tour: "Lysistrata Jones" (Lysistrata Jones), "Wicked" (Galinda), "Xanadu" (Euterpe). Almost Broadway: "Nerds!" (Sally). Other NY Theatre: "Love's Labour's Lost" (Princess, Shakespeare in the Park), "Fly By Night" (Daphne, Playwrights Horizons), "Lady, Be Good!" (Susie, Encores!). Other favorite credits: "Emma" (Emma, Old Globe Theatre), "The Little Mermaid" (Ariel, The MUNY), "Chicago" (Roxie, The MUNY). TV: Recurring on "Chicago Med" and "Royal Pains", "Untitled Louis CK Pilot" (CBS). BFA Syracuse University. Follow Patti on Twitter: @pattimurin.
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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Richard Jay-Alexander's extensive credits includes concerts for internationally renowned stars such as Barbra Streisand (including her most recent tour), Kristin Chenoweth, Bernadette Peters and Bette Midler, and the star-studded Hollywood Bowl concert stagings of Les Mis?rables and Guys and Dolls. Mr. Jay-Alexander is probably best known for his 10 years in North America, working with Cameron Mackintosh and helming his North American operation.
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.
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
Scott works in a Cube Farm for a major telecommunications firm by day, and is a freelance Consultant in Marketing and Publicity by night. A lover of Theater, Television, and Movies, he can usually be found in a dark room enjoying one of these three passions; thus maintaining his pale skin and his never-ending thirst for good entertainment, (and a good cup of coffee.) He has been living in Northeast Ohio for the last 14 years after leaving the sun and sand in Southern California, (what was he thinking?) While in Ohio, he managed the daily operations of a video production company , and he still has the occasional whim of offering opinions and suggestions, even when not being asked. You can follow him on Twitter: @LeftofStr8
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.
Some Like It Pop
BroadwayWorld.com's Pop Culture podcast hosted by Senior TV and Film Critic Matt Tamanini and BWW TV Los Angeles Bureau Chief, Jennifer McHugh. Matt and Jenn discuss and argue about all things pop culture, from television to movies to Broadway and everything in between.
Stephen is also the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor of the Times Square Chronicles. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen?s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the ?First All Children?s Theatre? which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen?s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Paul Smith stars as aspiring actor Pete Hamilton, with Gillian Pensavalle cast as a softhearted casting associate named Valerie. Luke Kelly Clyne of Splitsider calls it "A fantastic series" and "Irresistably sharable." Media guru Paul Levinson says, "The acting is outstanding," with the cast displaying "impressive comedic talent." The principal cast also includes Nick Costa as Pete's character-actor roommate, Kelly Warne as a high-strung actress who is self-conscious about her age, Mark Gessner as a powerful casting director with a short fuse, and James Tabeek as his loyal-to-a-fault assistant. "THE RESIDUALS' is a comedy about surviving an environment of commercial actors who try way too hard to mask their nervousness with cockiness," says Smith, who wrote and directed the entire series. "When you put those personalities in the position of having to read a single pitch line as though it were Shakespeare, you have a very funny blend of reality and absurdity." The cast of THE RESIDUALS has amassed numerous credits on TV, Film, Broadway, the Web and, of course, commercials. Featured in Season Two are: Horatio Sanz, Jenna Leigh Green, Michael Torpey, J. Julian Christopher,Patrick Jones, Emily Tarver, Alisha B. Woods, Allison Levering Wong, Benjamin Hey, Kathy Searle, Rocco Chierichella, Jeremy Redleaf, Dave Hanson, Ted O'Gorman, Tom Brown, Ian Sullivan, Brian Rhinehart, Kyle Hunt,Deborah Rayne, Haille Clarke, El Hay Revivo, and Carrie-Rachel Dean. THE RESIDUALS is produced by Smith and Pensavalle through Take It Back Productions, and edited by Pensavalle. The director of photography is Emmy Award-winner Ed Caraballo. Script supervisor is Carrie-Rachel Dean. All episodes feature contemporary music from Rhymesayers Entertainment and Smalls Live.
Theater People Podcast
Theater People is the only podcast featuring full length interviews with Tony winners, Broadway legends, and Today's hottest theater stars. We've had the great fortune to interview everyone from Laura Benanti (twice!!!) to LaChanze to Laura Osnes to Lin-Manuel--And a whole bunch of other people without Ls in their names! Our hope is that you'll give us 45 to 50 minutes of your time and in exchange we'll give you a fun and informative interview packed full of music and laughs (and the occasional heartfelt and inspiring tear--I'm looking at you Keala Settle!).
Tiffany is a nurse by day and an avid entertainment fan by night. She loves the stage and screen, both big and small, and reads anything she can get her hands on. She also enjoys writing, creating, and spending time with her family.
Tyler is one of BroadwayWorld's lead News Desk Editors, covering breaking Broadway and theatre news daily. He studied Public Relations and Creative Writing at Loyola University Chicago while working part-time for BWW on evenings, weekends, and occasionally during classes. He has also been involved in the Chicago theatre industry, working in media relations and publicity with Margie Korshak, Inc.
As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Getty Images.
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]
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