Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Chris Peterson

Chris founded OnStage Blog in May of 2014 with the intention of blogging about theatre in his hometown. Since then the site has expanded to cover theatre on an international level. His work has been featured and mentioned in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Mashable, Yahoo Lifestyle and The New Yorker. He works in New York City and resides in East Haddam, CT. 


Greg Ehrhardt

Greg 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. 


David Roberts - Chief New York Theatre Critic

David has been a critic for OnStage Blog since 2014 and promoted to Chief New York Theatre Critic in 2016. 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, 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. David will be reviewing theatre productions in New York City. David is a member of the Outer Critics Circle.

Jill Weinlein - Chief Los Angeles Theatre Critic

Graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Theater Arts, her training gave her an understanding and appreciation for the writing, directing, acting and the technical team. Besides reviewing community and big Broadway shows, she lives in Los Angeles and writes restaurant reviews for the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News. Her reviews can be viewed on

Tara Kennedy - Chief Connecticut Theatre Critic

Tara has been a contributing critic for OnStage Blog since 2015 and promoted to Chief Connecticut Theatre Critic in 2016. In addition to her long history of performing on stage, Ms. Kennedy 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. Tara is a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and the American Theatre Critics Association.

Joe Szekeres - Chief Toronto Theatre Critic

Joe’s interest and passion for the performing arts stems from his thirty plus years involvement in community theatre as an actor and director in the Greater Toronto area. He loves to share his insight with others through writing now both for Onstage Blog and for A graduate from King’s College/University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario where he obtained his Honours Degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in French, Joe welcomes the connection and dialogue with others theatrically and dramatically related.

Anthony J. Piccione - New York Theatre Critic

Anthony J. Piccione is an award-winning playwright, producer, screenwriter, critic, essayist, poet, and occasional actor based in New York City. His eclectic canon of plays have previously been presented in NYC at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Hudson Guild Theatre, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, as well as at regional venues such as Playhouse on Park, Hole in the Wall Theatre, the Windsor Art Center, and Windham Theatre Guild. His one-act drama What I Left Behind was named the NYWinterfest's Best Short Play of 2018, while his production of An Energy Tale was nominated for Best Production at the 2017 Midtown International Theatre Festival. His work as a playwright has been published at Heuer Publishing, with additional works set to be published later this year by JAC Publishing and Promotions and Off The Wall Plays. He received his BA in Theatre from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2016 and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. 

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Shawn Stalter - Dallas/Ft.Worth Contributing Critic

Shawn recently joined the OnStage Blog team as a contributing critic after relocating to the Dallas/Ft.Worth area from a five-year work-study opportunity in Europe. For the past fifteen years, Shawn has traveled the world as a freelance writer and reporter for a variety of online journals, blogs and magazines covering topics including the performing arts, travel, fitness and international relations. He recently attended performances on London’s West End and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to productions across Germany, Austria, Turkey, Qatar and beyond. Shawn holds a Master’s of Science in Global Studies/International Relations and utilizes unique perspectives on the human condition to gain insight into performance art.

Max Berry - New York Contributing Critic

Max has been in love with theatre ever since he was eleven years old.  He grew up in a small town in Ohio and performed with companies such as Weathervane Playhouse and Central Ohio Youth Ballet. Max currently studies musical theatre and playwriting at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and has had his own work featured throughout the city including the Players Theatre Short Play Festival and the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. He looks forward to being a part of the conversation that theatre invokes in us all.

Deanna Hartog - NY/CT Contributing Critic

Deanna has been involved in theatre for as long as she can remember. Growing up in a theatrical family, she has tried a bit of everything, including acting, playwriting, and stage managing. Previously, Deanna wrote a one-act play, which was produced in New York City as part of the New York New Works Theatre Festival. She is currently studying Dramatic Literature at New York University and pursuing her two greatest passions: theatre and writing. Deanna is thrilled to contribute her voice to the theatre community, which must remain loud and proud, now more than ever.

Natalie Rine - NJ/NJ Contributing Critic

NATALIE RINE is a producer and critic between New York and Seoul musical theatre markets, with experience in producing special events and theatrical concerts at The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre Virginia, and Lincoln Center. She is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts Management. Her research activities include “Immersive Theatre as Christian Liminality” (Robyn Rafferty Mathias Research Conference) and “A Study on the Strategic Advancement of Musical Theatre Performance Between Korea and the US” (Yonsei University). Natalie is also working as an Executive Assistant at Broadway Asia International.

News Division

Kerry Breen

Kerry is a senior communications major with a dual concentration in journalism and public relations at Monmouth University, as well as an avid theater fan. She is the news and senior editor of nationally acclaimed student-run newspaper The Outlook, and the editor-in-chief of Monmouth University's online magazine The Verge. She has worked for as a writer and intern and been a production assistant for the Joe Iconis Christmas Extravaganza at Feinstein's/54 Below. She will also present a fan-led panel at BroadwayCon in January 2018.

Writing Staff

Shelby Tyler

As a theatre major with an intended minor in secondary education at East Tennessee State University, it is clear Shelby Tyler has a passion for the arts. She has been involved with theatre since 2007 both as an actress and a crew member, in school theatre and community theatre alike. In 2017, she was recognized as a Keynote Emerging Artist of Promise at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. With her passion for writing, she hopes to become a voice for the upcoming generation of thespians and theatre goers alike, using OnStage as a platform to show the world the ideas they have and what they mean to say.

Sara Clancy - Features Writer

Sara Glancy is an NYC actor and the founder of Audition Rep Matchmaker, a service that helps match actors with the audition materials that will make them shine in an audition room. She is also a published playwright and enthusiastic theatre educator.

Niki Hatzidis - Features Writer

Niki Hatzidis is an award nominated playwright and actor based in NYC. She is a writer and producer of The Beautiful Work Challenge podcast by Catalysta, and writer and performer featured on the sketch comedy podcast Standby by DimlyWit Productions. Her short plays An Almost, Breakups and Cronuts, Ariathne, Poison and Wine, The Gopher Method, and The C Word have been produced by theater companies in NYC. Niki is a resident actor and outreach specialist with Infinite Variety Productions. Niki joined IVP for the production of In Their Footsteps that was performed at 59E59 Theaters and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018.

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