Chris Peterson is an actor, writer, director and has worked in areas such as casting, front of house and publicity for the past 20 years. Performance credits include, You Can't Take it With You, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Antigone, M. Butterfly, Look Homeward Angel, All My Sons, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys & Dolls, The Dining Room and The Boys Next Door.
Chris earned his degree in Theatre from Elmira College. In addition to his theatre experience, he has worked in college admissions for the past 10 years. He currently resides in East Haddam, CT with his wife and son.
Greg Ehrhardt has over 10 years of experience in Print and Online Marketing.An alumni of the University of Connecticut, he's had his fair share of experience in theatre as well once playing Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew where he co-starred with Chris Peterson. He currently resides in Prospect, CT with his wife and daughter.
Erin grew up in upstate New York and developed a love for theater at a young age thanks to frequent day trips for matinees in the city. After attending college at Boston University, Erin moved to Los Angeles, where she works in television and attempts to fill the NYC-shaped hole in her heart by attending as many theater productions as possible. A sucker for a good tap dance number, Erin is constantly reminding people why it’s not crazy to see the same show multiple times and lives for the uniquely in-the-moment experience live theater provides. She began writing about theater and television on her personal blog, On Stage & Screen, last year and is excited to share her passion with a larger audience. You can follow her on Twitter @Erinsk8
Stacy Davies is an award-winning Southern California arts and culture writer honored by the Orange County Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. A published journalist for over 20 years and the founding editor of the IE Weekly, Stacy is also a playwright and scriptwriter, and lectures on film at the University of California at Riverside and at Rancho Mirage Public Library.
By day, Michael Lawrence Quintos is a quiet, mild-mannered Designer. But as night falls, he regularly performs on various stages everywhere as a Counter-Tenor soloist, actor, and dancer for the MenAlive Chorus since 2002, in which he's sung everything from Broadway, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Gospel and Pop. Since 2009, Michael has also been a West Coast Contributing Editor and Theater Critic for Entertainment News site BroadwayWorld. His musical theater roots started early, performing in various school musical productions and a couple of nationally-televised programs in his native Philippines. The performing bug eventually brought him a brief championship run in the Philippines' version of the TV singing competition series "Star Search" before moving to Las Vegas, NV at age 11. College brought him out to Orange County, California, where he earned degrees in Graphic Design and Film Screenwriting. He has spent several years as a designer and art director for various entertainment company clients, while spending much of his free time either watching or performing in shows. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram: @cre8iveMLQ.
Susan Cinoman is a playwright and screenwriter whose work is published and produced internationally. For television, she is the creator of the recurring character, Miss Cinoman on ABC’s, The Goldbergs, and wrote the story for Mama Drama , featured on the comedy. Her one- act play, Fitting Rooms, is in Applause Books, Best Short Plays of 1996 and is produced internationally. Other productions are Cinoman and Rebeck and Gin and Bitters, Off Broadway. Her play Sweet Sand, produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre has been recently published. Two plays were made into award winning independent films. Love and Class in Connecticut and All Me, All the Time have screened at film festivals throughout New England. Cinoman’s first published prose, McKenna on the Half Shell will appear in an anthology published by Harvardwood/The Harvard Review.
Cinoman is the recipient of the Maxell Anderson Playwright’s Prize, Theatre Ariel Award, Best Connecticut Filmmaker 2008, Best Narrative Screenplay, New England Film and Video Festival, Selection Berkshire International Film Festival, Aristos Scholarly Prize with Theresa Rebeck, Best Play, Maine New Play Competition for “Fitting Rooms.”
Anne Collin is an elementary school music teacher, musician, and writer. She has performed with many theater groups throughout central Connecticut, and is a member of Concora (Connecticut Choral Artists). When she is not in a classroom or on a stage, she can often be found jamming in her living room with her husband, Daniel (who is also a theater person) and 8-year-old son, Everett.
Noah is a writer, video producer, actor and musician from Guilford, CT. A graduate of Quinnipiac University, Noah has been involved with over 20 productions both on stage and off. Favorite roles include Barfee in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Chas in “Trestle at Pope Lick Creek” and Dr. Chasuble in “Ernest In Love.” Noah has also served as a soundboard op, assistant musical director, and assistant director as well as playing drums for multiple musicals, most recently “Little Shop of Horrors.” When not participating in or going to see theater, Noah is a video producer/social media specialist at Yale School of Medicine.
Nancy Sasso Janis has been a first grade teacher for 28 years and is the mother of three sons. She has long been a patron of the arts. She can occasionally be seen singing on TV on the daily Celebration of the Eucharistic on WCCT-TV. She got a lead harmony vocals and creation credit on a CD recorded by singer/songwriter Robert Jones entitled Above Here. Nancy secured her first acting credit when she appeared in the 2006 Maple Hill production of Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr! under the direction of Dave Gardino. where she played the lead role of a brand new teacher renamed Pearl Morton. More recent credits include Martha in the Phoenix Stage Company production of The Last Supper: A Musical Enactment in March 2012 and Maria and Meg in Bad Auditions by Bad Actors. Nancy is the author of a musical for children entitledLessons in Mother Goose that she hopes to produce in the future. She will be blogging about her opinion of the many local art and entertainment events that she attends with the intention of encouraging readers to support the arts.
Tara Kennedy has been performing in some capacity since the age of 5, primarily as a tap dancer and in musical theatre. Her favorite roles include Florence in Chess, Dr. Eve Bolinger in Sordid Lives, Phyllis Dale in 42nd Street, and Blanche in Brighton Beach Memoirs. She has no formal degree in theatre, but has studied acting, voice, and dance since childhood as a pastime, and is an avid fan of theatre and performance. She holds a BA in Art History from Northwestern University, an MLIS/CAS in Library Science/Preservation and Conservation Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. She is a Preservation Librarian at Yale University Library and a Consulting Conservator for cultural institutions around the country. She also is a Volunteer Researcher for the state of Arkansas for The Doe Network (www.doenetwork.org), a non-profit organization that assists with the identification of unidentified remains and the recovery of missing persons. She loves cats, but hated Cats.
Jack started the year off right with a second place win for his comedy SPRING CHICKENS at the Las Vegas Little Theater. He is also a two time semi-finalist with the EUGENE O’NEILL CONFERENCE in Waterford, CT. Recently he has won first place in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition, for his play IMAGE (out of 500 submissions) sponsored by the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild.
Jack is an actor, director, and playwright and celebrates over 30 years working in stage, television, and film. He began his professional acting career in Michael Moriarty's production of RICHARD III, which he performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He also appeared in several regional theatre productions, including THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON, ETHAN FROME and THE DOCTORS DILEMMA at New Haven’s esteemed Long Wharf, and was seen at the Hartford Stage in ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, under the direction of Mark Lamos. Jack is a member of the Emerging Artists Theatre in New York City, where several of his comedies and dramas have been produced, including NILS TORVALD, THE MARKETING PLAN, A MESSAGE FROM ANGELA and OEDIPUS FOR DUMMIES. He is also a
member of The Writer’s Guild, Actors Equity Association, The Screen Actor’s Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Other writing awards include first place in the East/West Theatre Festival, a finalist in the “Arts and Letters Prize” at Georgia State University, The Boston Theatre Festival and many others.
Melinda Zupaniotis is a seasoned veteran of the theatre - onstage, backstage and administratively. A former NYC Talent Agent, Melinda holds a BFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut at Storrs and has worked tirelessly for the last 25 years to promote local theatre in 3 states. After forming a successful non-profit theatre company, performing in over 200 productions, and producing and/or directing over 30 shows, she now looks to share her knowledge with theatres and theatre audiences, alike. Support your local theatres!
Staci recently relocated to Florida from Durham, North Carolina. She earned her degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her love of performance began in high school and has continued for over 30 years. She is a professional actress, director, vocalist, educator, and private coach. Staci has directed numerous shows over the past eight years, including, Dark Vanilla Jungle, a production she directed in Raleigh, NC ranked as one of the Nine Great Local Theatre Productions of 2015 by Indy Week.
For five years she taught Performing Arts at Duke School to over 200 eager middle school students. Staci was also on the faculty of Raleigh Little Theater’s award winning Education Program for the eight years where she taught ages 5-85! She currently teaches acting classes in the Tampa Bay area.
Staci believes that the skills learned through studying theatre and becoming part of an ensemble teach children to become better people: ones who can communicate confidently, collaborate well with others, and be spontaneous and creative in all aspects of their lives.
Erik Bailey is an actor/director/playwright based in Massachusetts. He is a student at Dean College in Franklin, MA where he is earning a BA in theatre with concentrations in musical and technical theatre. He has been doing theatre for almost ten years and has worked on around 100 productions in that time. While he is mostly found onstage, he can often be found doing many other things from lighting to set building to music directing and many more.
Jennifer has been a theatre lover since a very young age; she was in multiple productions in Athol, MA where she grew up and saw her first Broadway show at the age of 13. After graduating high school she took a long hiatus from theatre while she marched in the UMass Minuteman Marching Band and then started a career in financial services. In 2006, she randomly auditioned for Sound of Music, where she re-caught the “theatre bug” and hasn’t looked back since. Since then she has served as President of Hingham Civic Music Theatre, Publication Manager for The Walpole Footlighters and she is currently the Treasurer for South Shore Theatre Works. She has also been in countless productions; some of her favorite productions include Peter Pan, Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Sound of Music, Christmas House and Jesus Christ Superstar. Jennifer currently resides in Norwood, MA with the love of her life and their three adorable cats, Trigger, Little Girl and Scruffy. When she’s not at rehearsal or on stage she is working as a Financial Analyst. Lastly, Jennifer is proud to have “traveled each and every highway!”
Angelica has an A.S. in Theatre, earned a specialty degree in Shakespeare from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Psychology from SNHU. In addition to writing, she stays busy teaching dance and choreographing for a local studio.
A classically trained vocalist, she has been performing in Collegiate, Community and Professional Theatres for over ten years. A few favorite roles have been: Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider) and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth). She has also spent numerous years working behind the scenes as a Box Office Manager, Make-Up Designer and Company Manager with the occasional Directing project. She continues to train and perform and loves taking dance classes in her spare time.
Fortunate to have been a member of the audience for over twenty years; Angelica has enjoyed performances not only in and around the Boston area, but also on Broadway and in the West End in London. These experiences on and off the stage have given her the ability to understand the art of theatre and to recognize great performances. Be it a ballet, a musical or a straight play, she appreciates every moment from the overture to the final curtain.
At the age of 10 Liz saw her first Broadway show, The Secret Garden, and was instantly smitten with the theater world. Growing up in New Haven, CT allowed plenty of opportunities to enter that world and consequently she knows her way around the theater district, better than her current hometown! Liz always enjoyed music and singing but it wasn't until adulthood that she realized there was a way to pursue her theatrical ambitions via the wonderful world of community theater. Since 2009, she's appeared on stage in numerous productions, musicals, straight plays and even an opera! Her current obsession is tap dancing and she takes classes at a local dance studio. When not appearing on stage, or lending her time and support off stage, Liz attends as many shows as possible taking pleasure in the magic of live theater wherever that theater happens to be located. The magic is made better from knowing the effort, skills, determination and sometimes just sheer luck that go into making words and notes on a page come alive every night, and affecting each person who is fortunate enough to be there.
Liz holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Assumption College. In between singing and dancing, she works in fundraising and development for a local university.
Sydney is a senior at The University of Southern Mississippi. She will graduate with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree and dual concentrations in communications and theater. Sydney developed a love for theater at a the young age of 8 when she watched the play Sleeping Beauty. She began performing shortly after and truly excelled in musical and children’s theater. You can usually find Sydney at the sewing machine constructing original costumes and gowns for photo shoots, performances and special occasions. If she’s not busy with designing and sewing, she is writing scripts for live skits and podcasts she participates in with her colleagues. Sydney has performed at the Kennedy Center, in comedic and dramatic musicals, original and classical pieces in her high school theatre troupe, Wings Performing Arts.
Although she has spent her college years on stage, her main passions lay in creating and designing costumes, writing, and running tech for shows
Erin grew up in the suburbs of St Louis Missouri with a love of performance that grew with her family's support. Wither it was trips to the many venues in the downtown area or seeing her older siblings in school plays, Erin always felt a draw to the theatre. That lead to a BFA in Arts Management and years later a AAS in Deaf Communication Studies. Travel is very important to Erin and she enjoys seeing new cities and theatres all over the world. Erin has recently established a on-line deaf theatre community in hopes of spreading accessibility to theatres for all patrons called MOAT Theatre. Search Facebook and Twitter to connect.
Brittany Strelluf has a Bachelor's degree in theatre and a Master's degree in education from Avila University in Kansas City. She is theatre and English instructor. She recently served on a Teaching Advisory Board for The Nelson-Adkins Museum of Art. Her stage credits include Trojan Women, Camelot, and I Never Saw Another Butterfly.
Spencer Lau is a fifteen-year public school music teacher and musical theatre director. He grew up in Bergen County and developed his love of musical theatre from his mother who raised him on Broadway cast recordings and attending live theatre since the age of five. Spencer has a BA in Music from Rowan University and his MS in Educational Leadership from Delaware Valley University. He has directed over 20 high school and middle school productions including a pilot of Elf Jr. and premiere of The Lion King Jr. Mr. Lau has had students perform in the iTheatrics Summer Workshops, Off Broadway production, backing up to Kidz Bop on Tour, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, 100th Cherry Blossom Festival and Carnegie Hall. His program, ACE Music, has done workshops with James Monroe Iglehart, Tim Federle, cast members of Allegiance, Evan Ruggerio, Tim McDonald and Pasek & Paul as well as been the subject of two articles by Broadway historian and critic Peter Filichia. Spencer is a former Teacher of the Year, 2013 Grammy Music Teacher of the Year Semi Finalist and 2013 Freddie G Fellowship Award winner.
Kelli Butler, coloratura soprano, has won prizes in competitions including the Jenny Lind competition, Connecticut Opera Guild, and the Altamura/Caruso International Competition. She has performed with various opera companies such as Underworld Opera, New Rochelle Opera, Purchase Opera, the Martina Arroyo Foundation, and the Altamura Opera Festival and appears in recitals throughout the tristate area. Her roles include both Queen of the Night and First Lady (The Magic Flute) , both the title role and Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Adele (Die Fledermaus), Mademoiselle Silberklang (The Impresario), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) and Riccardo (Il trionfo dell'onore). She has sung with the Bel Canto at Caramoor program, the Martina Arroyo Academy in New York City, the Renata Scotto Academy in White Plains and has also performed in Lucca, Italy with the International Academy of Music. Ms Butler studies with renowned Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Shirley Love and celebrated Canadian soprano Susan Eichhorn Young, and is represented by Berger Artist Management.. www.kellibutler.com
Asya Danilova is a New York based photographer and behind-the-scenes videographer for film and theater. She started a theater review blog, New Show New York, because of her passion for theater and background in art and film criticism. What began as a hobby quickly became an important means of expression. Her goal as a writer is to bring more young audiences to the theater. asyadanilova.com
Alexa Juno is a theatre professional and native New Yorker. Having roamed the boards for nearly 20 years, she has performed both onstage and behind the scenes with La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, Dramatists Play Service, Inc., Theater For the New City, Midtown International Theater Festival, Richard Frankel Productions, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, CAGE Theatre Co., Scorpio Entertainment, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Commercial Theater Institute, & Fringe NYC, among others. Alexa owns and operates No Intermission, a blog at the intersection of theatre and everything else. She has a BS in Communications with a focus in Journalism and a wiener dog named Jack. Alexa enjoys short walks on long beaches, warm breezes on cool days, baked goods, and making things pretty. Forever onward. www.no-intermission.com
Anthony J. Piccione has been writing for On Stage since 2015, and has written numerous columns on a variety of topics, including issues related to community theatre, playwriting, arts education, and more.
Outside of his work as an On Stage columnist, Piccione is primarily known for his work as a playwright. In college, his full-length drama We the People received a staged reading as part of an independent study, and his one-act plays - including plays such as How Having a Vampire Boyfriend Would REALLY Go and Ebol-A-Rama - were performed as part of the annual Phoenix New Play Series, as well as the 2016 CREATE Conference. Other one-acts to have been produced include The Good, the Bad and the Stupid, The One Plate To Fool Them All, Material Dad, The Real Tim Spacey and You REALLY Shouldn’t Drink That, which have been produced at venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theater, the Windsor Art Center and Windham Theatre Guild. Additionally, his children's play An Energy Tale was a finalist in the statewide "Wright the World" writing contest in 2016. Piccione has also been involved in numerous productions as an actor, director, dramaturge and various other positions, and has also previously taught acting classes to students in the past at Hartford Children’s Theatre and New Britain Youth Theater. He received his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and currently resides in New York City.
David brings his experience as an English Literature, Playwriting and Composition teacher to assess the structure and literary value of a performance. With his partner, Joseph Verlezza, they created Theatre Reviews Limited(theatrereviews.com) which was originally launched in 1997 as one of the first online websites dedicated to reviewing Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway, Cabaret, and Theatre Festivals in New York City. Mr. Roberts began writing for OnStage in 2014 and was promoted to Chief New York Theatre Critic in 2016.
Alicia is voracious theatergoer and reader based in New York City. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Bryn Mawr College and works in social media/digital marketing. Her love for theater comes from her fascination to interpret the reasons why playwrights feel the need to write about particular topics and the intent behind putting together the words they so carefully choose. You can follow her on Twitter at @aramirezgar31.
Gianluca Russo is a writer, performer, and theatre critic based out of New York. He began performing at the age of 11 and since then has been involved in numerous productions, both on and off stage. In the fall of 2015, Gianluca began his own blog, Behind The Lights, in which he interviews performers to get the inside details about what performing professionally is like. He is a contributing writer for BroadwayWorld.com as well as TheatreNerds.com and Campus News, and is also a Social Media Researcher on iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical. Instagram/Twitter- @G_Russo1. To learn more, visit GianlucaRusso.webs.com.
Thomas Burns Scully is an actor, writer and musician originally from the UK. Raised in The Sultanate of Oman, he had his first acting work as a voice actor at age nine, working for the Oman Ministry of Education. He wrote and directed his first full-length play, "Godot Was Here" at age 17 whilst still in High School. He studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts NY, winning the Max Fischer Award on graduation. He has appeared in the NYC Fringe, the award-winning short film 'The Boy Under the Piano', the New York Times Critically-Acclaimed "A Girl Without Wings" (For which he also composed the score) and many other productions, working with 'For Love and Duty Players', 'Hudson Shakespeare', 'Connected Health Solutions' and others. He is a prolific musician, having played the guitar and banjo for over a decade, and a current member of 'Eight is Never Enough Improv'. He continues to write and perform in New York City. thomasburnsscully.wix.com/thomasdbs
Lindsay Timmington is an playwright, actor and director based in New York City. She holds a Masters Degree in Playwriting and Performance from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and studied at the College of St. Benedict as well as East 15 Acting School in London, England. She recently completed her second full length play, torn sweater, about James Dean, photographer Roy Schatt and a teenager hell-bent on chasing Dean’s ghost. When she’s not at the theatre, she’s running, drinking scotch or cheering for the Mets. She also writes at www.shattertheshouldbe.com.
Joseph Verlezza brings over 30 years of experience in theater, film and television to OnStage and focuses on the performance and entertainment aspect of each production he reviews. He was the founder and Artistic Director of Belfry Repertory Company the small professional theatre operating under contract with Actors’ Equity Association. Belfry was considered a regional theatre located only fifteen miles outside of Manhattan in Nyack, NY. Mr. Verlezza produced and directed five shows each season for ten years including dramas, comedies, and musicals. His work received favorable reviews from both regional press and “The New York Times.” He studied at The Actors and Directors Lab with Jack Garfein and the HB Studio with William Hickey in New York City.
Tom Briggs has worked as a librettist, director, producer, actor and educator. His stage adaptation of State Fair was nominated for two Tony Awards; his adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, starring the incomparable Eartha Kitt, played the Paramount Theater at Madison Square Garden following a successful national tour. He also wrote the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade as well as several concert adaptations for The Kennedy Center. As a director, Tom’s affiliations include The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Actors’ Theatre of Pennsylvania, Fulton Opera House, Chicago Premiere Society, Dorset Theatre Festival, National Theatre Institute, Candlewood Playhouse and the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped where he was a founding director. He has served on the faculties of Union College, Nicolet College and New York University as, variously, a guest director, instructor and lecturer. He served as the Producing Artistic Director of St. Bart’s Playhouse in NYC, where he resided for 30 years. For fifteen of those years he served as director of the theatrical division of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. He has created school versions of the musicals Oklahoma!, Cinderella, The King and I, Once Upon a Mattress, State Fair and The Sound of Music. Tom currently lives in Wilmington, NC and is a six-time recipient of the Thalian Theater Award for Outstanding Director for his productions at historic Thalian Hall.
Erin is a wife, mother, actress and musician living with her husband, son, dog, and cat in North Carolina. She has a B.A. in worship arts from Spring Arbor University and an M.A. in theatre studies from Regent University. In addition to acting for stage and screen, she is also a voice actor with her own home recording studio. From that studio, she has narrated more than 20 books available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Erin loves to travel, read, write, and is mildly obsessed with health and fitness. She will be blogging to encourage fellow artists and reviewing productions both big and small in North Carolina. You can learn more about Erin and connect with her through her web site - www.erinfossa.com
Melissia Gary is an actor and writer with fourteen years of acting experience. Some of her favorite productions include, Spider’s Web, Murder’s Bad but Monday Will Kill You, Play On, The Women, The Music Man and Shrek the Musical. Her stage debut was at age 8 dressed as a Pilgrim swinging a giant hot dog singing that famous hot dog jingle. While growing up in Kentucky she was performed in band due to no Theater program at her school. She has also written sketches for a local sketch comedy group. Melissia earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Western Kentucky University. She currently resides with her husband and cat in Cincinnati Ohio. Follow her on twitter @MelissiaGary.
Julie Jordan is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to Onstage Blog, talking about a subject of which she is very passionate. Having obtained a theater minor in college, she has continued her love for theater by 38 years of active involvement in community theater, mostly in the acting and directing realms (although she has dabbled in stage management, advertising, etc,) and taking classes taught by Laura Fine, Playhouse in the Park.
Her acting roles range from Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire to Meg Boyd in Damn Yankees. Directorially, she is most proud of her production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof which was nominated for CityBeat’s Community Play of the Year. Other acting and directing awards have been garnered by The Association of Community Theater.
She wants to thank her children, Erin and Trevor, for being supportive of both her theatrical and writing endeavors.
Bill Tussey is currently a senior at Ohio University, pursuing a BS in Arts Communications. He has an extensive background as a musician, actor, photographer and technician. He has performed for the last few years in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia in both community and professional theatre.
Upon graduation, he plans to work with local agencies to bring performing arts to under-served communities in Appalachia.
Ashley Underwood is a twenty-six-year-old thespian at a small town theatre in Oklahoma. She has always been involved in various types of performance, but did not begin her theatre career until 4 years ago as a chorus member in Urinetown. She has since learned her way around the light board, the sound board, has ventured into the roles of Director, Assistant Director, Music Director, and loves to do set work, as well as continue to act. She most recently was in productions of Sweeney Todd, All My Sons, Into the Woods, and It’s a Wonderful Life. She has a B.A. in English Writing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is a paralegal. She believes that theatre is where her people are, and credits her involvement in community theatre in her meeting and finding her second family. She enjoys going to watch other community theatres in Oklahoma, as well as traveling to various venues to watch professional touring productions.
John (ACTOR'S EQUITY CANDIDATE) has over 400 productions under his belt, both in equity and non-equity productions. He has performed in Florida, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Boston, and all over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Professional credits include originating the following roles in the regional premieres of 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE (William Barfee), LaChusia's THE WILD PARTY (Phil D'Armano), PAGEANT (M. Bible Belt), and A NEW BRAIN (Richard). He performed in MAN OF LA MANCHA (Sancho) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma starring John Wilkerson (of Broadway's STATE FAIR) and Milena Govich (of NBC's LAW & ORDER). Other favorite roles include FORUM (Pseudolus); HAIRSPRAY (Edna Turndblad), SPAMALOT (Patsy), JOSEPH..DREAMCOAT (The Pharaoh/Simeon); DAMN YANKEES (Applegate); ANYTHING GOES (Moonface); LIL ABNER (Marryin Sam); GUYS & DOLLS (Nicely-Nicely); 1776 (Courier); DROOD (Neville Landless); and many others.
Lara is a married mother of two in North Texas. She and her husband met while they were both studying theatre at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Before college, Lara was active in community theatre and competed in UIL One-Act Play for her high school. During college she appeared in a dozen shows on the collegiate stage, the local community theatre, and performed in TEXAS Outdoor Musical Drama in the Palo Duro Canyon for two summers. After graduation, Lara toured for 6 months with Missoula Children’s Theatre based in Missoula, Montana. Since then she has worked for two different theaters, directed several productions, and acted in countless shows. Among her favorite roles are Jo March in “Little Women - The Musical,” Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun,” and Princess Fiona in “Shrek The Musical.” If you can’t tell, she goes for the strong, independent type of gal. Apart from theatre, Lara and her husband spend as much time as possible with their beautiful daughters, family, and friends as well as review board games as Married With Board Games.
Pete Sheldon is currently a senior theatre student at Virginia Tech. In theatre, he considers himself a jack of all trades. At Virginia Tech, he has acted in both theatre and cinema, composed music for student films and plays, written several plays, worked as an assistant stage manager, and gun wrangler. His recent credits include playing Thaliard, Leonine, 2nd fisherman, and Lysimachus in Make Trouble’s 2016 production of “Pericles”, originating the role of Sam in VT’s original production of “Setnet”, and performing in Shakespeare Academy at Stratford’s 2015 productions of “Henry V” and “Twelfth Night” in the roles of Bardolph, York, King of France, and Valentine/Musician.
Dee Dee O’Connor is a set builder, lighting designer, stage manager, director, and writer. Living in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband and two cats, she lives and breathes theatre. Extremely active in the local community theatre scene, Dee Dee serves as a trustee on the Board of Directors at the Bellingham Theatre Guild where she manages their social media presence. She also assists the Washington State Community Theatre Association in their social media efforts.
But where Dee Dee loves to be most is in the theatre working on a show. Her credits include: Lighting Designer for Anything Goes, Spamalot, and Women of Lockerbie; Stage Manager for A Tuna Christmas and August Osage County; Assistant Director for Moon Over Buffalo; Director for A Shayna Maidel.
Christian was Born is Kansas but has lived the majority of his life in Northern Va. Christian developed a love of acting at a young age from his mother who would act out children's books with him. He followed that love the rest of his life and now has State and National Accolades for his work on stage. He has appeared in over 20 productions and has not plans of stopping. He discovered a love of writing/creativity when he created an original work to support Autism Awareness in high school with a friend of his. Ever sense then he loves writing and creating things that have to do with theatre. Christian Dreams of one day being a successful film actor but is happy doing anything, as long as he's able to perform.
Laker Anne Thrasher is currently a freshman at UWGreen Bay and is going for her B.A. in Musical Theatre (with a minor in Theatre Performance). She has been in theatre since she was 9, starting off in Missoula Children’s Theatre and working her way up into high school and community theatre shows. She was last seen as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS, earning a Tommy Award for Outstanding Lead Performer at the statewide theatre festival in Madison, WI. She is excited to not only study her passion but write about it, and can’t wait to gab about all things on theatre whenever she gets the chance.
Ellis Graham is a student based in Victoria, Australia. Theatre has played an integral part in her life and, as a result, is a passionate advocate for the positive effect that theatre can have on young people. Last year she had the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC), an influential experience which offered her valuable insights into the working of this prestigious company. She attends as much theatre as her budget allows and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for theatre via On Stage.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from Melbourne University and is currently undertaking her Masters of Arts and Cultural Management with Deakin University. She loves to view, review, perform, produce, create and obsessively discuss theatre. Musicals and plays are her first loves, but she will always hold a soft spot in her heart for dance (12 years of ballet lessons) and she enjoys all types of music.
By day she works as a Library Assistant and Production Manager/Producer for the Theatrical Productions Department of a school on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. By night she feeds her theatrical needs. Jessica has been a rabid consumer of the performing arts since she was a child, and it appears unfortunately/fortunately there is no cure. From elementary school productions to Broadway shows and literally everything in between, if there’s a ticket or something needs an audience she’s there.
Trish grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada going to theatre with her mom. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama, majoring in stage management. She loves any kind of theatre from Fringe Festivals to community theatre shows and feels a sense of peace watching a Broadway show. She has stage managed, produced and directed multiple shows throughout the years. As her Broadwaycon tag tells you, her favourite shows are RENT and [title of show].
Alexandra is an emerging artist, teacher, business owner and arts manager. She manages a professional Shakespeare company, teaches high-level executives at a local business school to explore their creative side and runs various children’s theatre classes around the city. Recently she started her own business, IdleSpice Theatre, where she creates a space for experimental puppetry and object theatre. Alexandra lives in Ottawa Ontario with her awesome husband, Aaron.
Vicki has been working on and off stage for multiple theatre companies in her area since 2011. After spending 10 years as a competitive tap, jazz, and ballet dancer, she hung up her pointe shoes in favor of character shoes and has been performing ever since. She's had the privilege of volunteering with Calgary's Premier Community Musical Theatre Company (Front Row Centre Players) in such shows as My Fair Lady, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Anything Goes; as well as working with Storybook Theatre (one of the best semi-professional theatre companies in Canada) in shows like Hairspray, Anne of Green Gables and The Little Mermaid (as Ursula).
As a writer, Vicki has been releasing fictional stories in blog format since 2014 and still dabbles in the occasional short story or script - though, as yet, unproduced. Though she has no formal training, she still has aspirations as both a writer and performer which push her to participate in as much as possible and learn from experience. You can keep up with her antics on twitter @vatrask.
"Kia Ora" from New Zealand!
Monica has been involved in all facets of theatre and theatre education for 32 years. For as long as she can remember theatre has been an important part of her life. Writing her first plays as an 8 year old her siblings were subjected to some harsh directing and bribery when they refused to participate. Christmas was the perfect time to showcase her work as willing and unwilling extended family provided her with an audience. Monica has also been writing and selling stage musicals and interactive theatre shows for 21 years to schools and amateur theatre groups all over the world. The extended family audience has extended into USA, Australia and the United Kingdom. She has worked in all facets of theatre and has a special interest in the impact of theatre on the individual and society in general.
As a teacher Monica used theatrical technique and form as an important learning tool and maintains that it is an excellent if not the best way to support authentic learning across the curriculum.
Monica’s work can be viewed on her website www.monicamooreproductions.com, her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/monicamooreproductions, join her on instagram @monicamooreproductions or subscribe to Monica Moore Productions on You Tube
Elizabeth is an English, Drama and Media Teacher in Yorkshire, UK. She has had turns as amateur actor, director and set designer and is now a dedicated theatre enthusiast. She is interested in all kinds of theatre and shows, reviewing a wide range of styles and genres (including stand up and concerts). Elizabeth has particular interest in set design, puppetry, physical, stylised theatre and Theatre in Education productions. Primarily, she reviews regional productions but also enjoys regular trips to West End shows. She looks forward to expanding into editorials to accompany her reviews for On Stage and her blog.
Tara is an aspiring actress and final year English and Theatre Studies student at the University of Leeds. She has been involved in theatre from a very young age starting with the vital role of munchkin number 4 aged 6. Since then she has done local, university and film festival work. She see’s and performs in many plays and musicals and loves the fact she can now write about them.