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. He currently resides in East Haddam, CT with his wife and son. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Ken Knight is a Los Angeles based Actor, writer and theater producer. He has also worked professionally as an actor in New England, the Southeast and San Francisco markets. Ken is a company member of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company and is also the founder of Knights of Allentown West productions. In addition to this he has a Master’s Degree in English Literature, with an emphasis on Shakespeare, from Appalachian State University. His day job is teaching writing online for various colleges including Southern New Hampshire University.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Alex Chester is a California gal living in NYC. She has been performing since she was a little girl and is also the creator of the blog MeSoHapa.com and the multicultural cabaret "WeSoHapa", recently seen at The Triad. Theatre credits include: Broadway's “How the Grinch Stole Xmas” – Madison Square Garden (NYC) and the Broadway sit down production at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. A Biker in "Bubble Boy" by Cinco Paul, original cast recording and at 54 Below, starring Alice Ripley. Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly” directed by Lee Roy Reams at the Signature Theatre (Off-Broadway), Joy/Skyler in “A Taste of Chocolate” with AMAS directed by Dan Knechtges (NYC). Connie in “A Chorus Line” at The Berkshire Theatre Festival (Regional), “The King and I” at Dallas Summer Musicals (Regional). TV credits include: ER, The Closer, 7th Heaven, and several national/international commercials. http://www.AlexChester.com Twitter/Instagram @AlexFChester
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Amanda Mills is an undergraduate at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. She is shooting for a BA in both History and Educational Theatre as well as a possible minor in PR Journalism. She has worked both on stage as an actress and behind the scenes as run crew. She is extremely passionate about theatre and has loved acting since she was a small child. She has a background in dance and music (via instruments) but is working on learning to sing in order to make herself more versatile in the acting world. She hopes to work at The Seattle Children's Theatre and also write historical books, in order to inspire a whole new crop youth who love learning and performing.
Soon to be retired teacher in the Greater Toronto, Ontario area after 32 years, Joe’s interest in the dramatic and performing arts stems from his undergraduate years at Kings’ College, The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada where he earned a four year Honours Degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in French Studies. Upon his graduation with a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Joe earned Ontario Ministry of Education Dramatic Arts Parts 1 and 2 qualifications. As a locally based community actor in the Greater Toronto area, Joe has been honoured to have appeared recently in The Diary of Anne Frank, The Miracle Worker, The Real World?, The Book of Esther, Cabaret. As a locally based community director, he has directed Doubt, A Parable, Art, Departures and Arrivals, Love Letters and The Melville Boys.
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.
Elisha Aylmore is a self-confessed theatre addict and a freelance writer. She graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in Creative Writing and currently resides in North West London opposite a very nice and dangerously convenient pub.
Elisha has been writing feature articles and reviews for Booked Magazine since 2013, she produced Source FM’s spoken word series Crumpled Paper in 2014, and is now a freelance copywriter. Her proudest achievements have been appearing on the BBC children’s TV show Blue Peter, and being invited to judge the Falmouth Young
Writer’s Prize Award. Elisha is a keen playwright. Her favourite play is Educating Rita. Her favourite musical is RENT. Her superpower is being able to move a bowling ball with her mind after bowling it.
Her hobbies include going to the theatre and then writing about it, and planning Victorian themed cabaret events. Chocolate, fantasy novels, and Netflix binges are how she likes to wind down in her free time… that is when she’s not writing!
Whilst studying for her BA in Drama and Performing Arts at the University of Winchester she was theatre editor of the university's magazine, Big Fish Little Pond, and of the National Student newspaper. She has also written pieces for Early Years Educator, BBC Blast and HISKIND magazine amongst others.
Donna writes her own blog and is currently completing a distance course in freelance journalism, specialising in music and the arts, from the London School of Journalism.
Laura is a singing teacher based in Edinburgh, UK. She has been involved in amateur theatre since she was 5 years old, and knew she wanted to perform for the rest of her life when she saw Phantom of the Opera at the age of 14. Her sensible side took over for a while, and she completed a BA in Archaeology at the University of Chester, keeping her performing as a hobby. She has her vocal instructor (now friend and business partner) to thank for showing her the way to becoming a singing teacher and indulging her passion for the stage. Laura runs Your Voice Studio Edinburgh, specialising in Musical Theatre, and co-directs Vocal Edge Choir, an all-inclusive, non-auditioned choir in the city. Laura has been writing for her own studio and choir blogs for the past four years, and has a wealth of knowledge on the voice and singing. As a teacher enrolled with the Institute for Vocal Advancement, she completes yearly proficiency requirements to stay ahead of the game in the singing world. This includes researching and learning about everything vocal and keeping her own voice in tip-top shape - definitely not something she complains about!
Laura loves tea, singing and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She dislikes black coffee, Bugsy Malone and thunderstorms. Her most random achievement to date is keeping Bob (her aloe-vera cactus) alive for 9 years and counting!
Ben Huxley is a writer and actor from North Wales, who occasionally dabbles in musicals. He tours schools with an educational theatre company, and is almost always involved in an amateur production of some kind. He frequently blogs and occasionally writes for the local paper, having graduated in English Literature in 2014. He also writes fiction and drama in his spare time.
Mia is a twenty-something old soul, who lives in a tiny village in the middle of the UK. She has been performing on stage since she was four years old, but only in the past three years has she considered theatre as more than just a hobby or a passion.
Directing is the ultimate goal, but her ethos in life is to say 'Yes!' to everything, and to experience as much as possible. As a result, Mia has taken part in improv classes, dance classes, she's made props and costumes for theatre companies, worked in various rehearsal rooms on plays ranging from Shakespeare's Macbeth to children's theatre, and she's even done a stint at The Prague Film School. (Mia likes to list the things she's done, because it makes her feel more productive, and helps justify her decision of choosing not to go to University).
Mia thinks about theatre 99% of the time (the other 1% is usually cake), so she is excited to share her experiences with OnStage. She also writes over on miagetsablog.blogspot.com, and you can follow her adventures on Twitter at @Mia_Stubbers.