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Molly Marinik

Molly Marinik (Editor)

Molly is a dramaturg and director with a dance background who has worked in the theatre in a whole bunch of ways. She's currently a resident director at The Flea and the literary manager at Barefoot Theatre Company. She has a master's degree in theatre history and criticism from Brooklyn College and additional training from LCT3, The Kennedy Center and Atlantic Theater Company. Molly is passionate about developing audiences for New York theatre and hopes that Theasy functions to empower potential audiences to go out and see shows, thus filling the houses of deserving productions all over town. Thanks for visiting Theasy! (Now go and tell your friends...)

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Joseph Samual Wright

Joseph Samuel Wright 

Joseph Samuel Wright is an O'Neill semi-finalist playwright whose works have been showcased by Culture Project, Sightline, NyLon Fusion, Artistic New Directions, theNest, Roots and Wings Theatrical, Core Ensemble, LSU's Outworks Festival, University of Tennessee, Maryville College, Lark Play Development Center, and BE Theatre Company. Joseph is a member of the NyLon Fusion Writers Collective. In addition to Theasy, Joseph has contributed to TimeOutNY.com,  TheaterOnline, and BroadwaySpace.

Wright’s produced plays include I, Salome; RISE; Miss Hope’s; Bck to the Grnd; What If; You Are Here; Unbecoming; Mask of Medusa; My Big, Thick Schtick; Constellation Nightglow; and Ours. Several of his shorts have also been staged in New York and around the country. His play Unbecoming was a finalist in the SteppingStone Millennium Playwright Competition.

Wright is also the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Roots and Wings Theatrical (www.rawtheatrical.com), a new works company dedicated to supporting emerging artists in New York City and promoting cross-discipline collaboration. In the company’s four-year tenure, RaW has produced over 30 original works including dance, drama, music, film, and everything in between.

When Joseph isn’t working on a show, he works with Broadway Across America, Shetler Studios & Theatres, KampfirePR, and HERE Arts Center. Joseph assisted author Iris Rainer Dart on workshops of People in the Picture and Beaches the Musical.

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Dan Dinero

Dan Dinero

Dan Dinero has directed off off Broadway for many years, most recently Dan Fingerman's The Austerity of Hope, for which he won Best Director at the Fresh Fruit Festival. He currently teaches theatre at NYU and Yale. Dan has also worked on Broadway, assisting director Jeff Calhoun on the musicals Brooklyn and Deaf West’s Big River. Dan holds a B.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU-Tisch. 

Adrienne Urbanski

Adrienne Urbanski 

Adrienne’s love for the written word has led her in many directions including broadcast journalism, print journalism, creative writing, and academia. She currently works as an English instructor and freelance writer, primarily covering literature and theater. She holds BAs in English and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and an MA in English from Brooklyn College. Her writing has appeared in Bust Magazine, New York Press, The Onion’s AV section, Downtown Express, The Villager, Chelsea Now, The Feminist Review, Elevate Difference, Bitch Magazine, Venus Zine, The Minnesota Women’s Press, Pulse of the Twin Cities and others.

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Zak Risinger

Zak Risinger 

Zak Risinger likes theatre and thinks that it should be easy. Originally from the land where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, he attended the University of Oklahoma and has worked professionally as an actor and dramaturg all across the country. He often likes plays that are a little quirky and make you look at the world a little differently but is also a sucker for the classics.

Tzipora Kaplan

Tzipora Kaplan

Tzipora Kaplan is an indie-theatre so-and-so who spends a lot of time in search of both the perfect handbag and umbrella. What she is currently pleased about: working with the NYIT awards 2009, writing an action-adventure flick starring Daniel Craig and Ed Norton, contributing her opinions on Theasy, and the crazy and brilliant people who sustain both her social life and her hope for a better and brighter future. She continues to soldier on in her pursuit of artistic happiness (the ultimate oxymoron) and sincerely hopes that one day she will have the guts to be irreverent in her bio.

Haytham Elhawary

Haytham Elhawary 

Haytham Elhawary leads a double life: by day he is an uninteresting geeky engineer working in medical robotics; by night he transforms into an incredibly handsome theatre going superhero. He also enjoys improv, literature, and has devised a plan to help you all select the best of the theater scene by writing reviews for Theasy.

Regina Robbins 

Regina is a writer, director, native New Yorker, and game-show champion. She has worked with several NYC-based theatre companies and had her short films screened at venues across the U.S. She has also earned two master's degrees, and won four times on "Jeopardy!" in 2010. Learn more at www.reginarobbins.com.

Benjamin Coleman 

Ben Coleman is thrilled to be part of the Theasy team. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University and is currently earning his Masters from Brooklyn College. Ben has worked as an agent at Peter Strain & Assoc. and Bret Adams Ltd. Most importantly, Ben REALLY loves theatre!

Jason Rost

Jason Rost

Jason Rost is a recent transplant to New York from his hometown of Chicago where he was a critic, dramaturge, producer and director. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre Directing at Brooklyn College.  He is excited to devour the New York theatre scene and report back through Theasy. Jason can also be seen on his pursuit for the best cup of coffee and best pour of beer in NYC.

Brett Epstein

Brett Epstein studied Theatre and Writing at Providence College and is now a New York based writer. His play I Loved Sam Stone won the SLAM Playwriting Competition and his play Your Mother the Tramp was a top 5 finalist in the Altruistic Theatre Company's BareKnuckle Theatre Fest. Brett is a featured writer for the Actors Project NYC; there, his sketches are consistently seen by industry as actors vie for representation. www.ItsBrett.net

Bradley Troll

Bradley is a playwright and critic from New Orleans where he worked as a freelance critic for the Times Picayune. Bradley was the 2009 winner of Kennedy Center’s National Critic’s Institute award and a critic fellow at O’Neill Center. His original plays have been seen in New York and Chicago as well as in New Orleans and throughout the south.

Shoshana Roberts

Shoshana B. Roberts is a bubbly and bold actress with a black belt. She has a B.A. in Theatre, with a concentration in Acting, from Kutztown University and moved to New York immediately after graduating. Before college she attended Pittsburgh's Creative and Performing Arts High School, but it was even earlier, at the age of 8, that she truly solidified her career path since she got to say ‘meow’ as her only line as a cat in the kids' musical Really Rosie. As a result, she has done everything from stage managing to acting since then, and now she is so excited about her new venture of being a critic for Theasy.

Angel Lam

Angel is a music composer, writer and performer who has been a commissioned composer for Carnegie Hall, and has written for Yo-Yo Ma. Her most recent ventures include writing a musical, and performing in her own one-woman show.  In her free time she likes to bike the island to catch the latest cool shows or sip an Irish coffee in West Village.  www.angellam.com

Jerron Herman

Jerron Herman is a writer-dancer who hails from California and came to New York to write for the stage. He's preformed with Heidi Latsky Dance since 2011 as a principal member and is the lyricist for Watson, the Musical (Best Overall Musical,  WVMTF). He's always on the prowl for a good show and theater experience.

Greg Solomon

Greg is a hardcore board-gamer, completely obsessed with horror films and does a fierce if frequently off-key karaoke. He pursues a career in advertising technology. Oh yeah, and he majored in theatre with a concentration in direction and likes writing about it.

Sarah Moore

Sarah got her start in theater reviewing in high school with the Greater Philadelphia Cappies, where she had a review published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. A former editorial staff member of TheaterMania.com, she has been writing for Theasy since the summer of 2013. She tweets lots of theater related opinions at @imsarahmoore, if you’re into that kind of thing. She earned her BA in Journalism and Dramatic Literature from New York University.

 

Geri Silver

Geri works as a Program Associate at The Paley Center for Media, the non-profit organization that holds the country’s largest public television archive and produces events for the professional community and media-interested public. She previously reviewed West End, Off West End, and fringe productions in the London theatre scene for AYoungerTheatre.com, and worked as a regular contributor to AlterNet.org’s speakeasy blog. Geri has a master’s degree in Media and Communications from City University London and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ithaca College. 

Jack Smart

Jack Smart recently graduated from Vassar College, where he studied English, art, dramaturgy, and far too much Shakespeare. Originally from Honolulu, Hawai’i, he now pursues a career as a freelance theater critic in the decidedly non-tropical streets of New York. By day Jack works in marketing for an Off Broadway theater company, and by night he fervently updates his blog: JackSmartReviews.com  

Amanda LaPergola

Amanda LaPergola

Amanda LaPergola is a writer and actor of sorts.  She spends a lot of her time at The Brick in Williamsburg, either helping out at the box office or onstage in shows such as Ian W. Hill's The Strategist, and Robert Honeywell's Mass and Ich Leibe Jesus! She is also a contributing writer for geek girl culture website The Mary Sue. Follow her on Twitter @LaPergs and be delighted by her drunken awards show coverage.

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Andy Buck

Andy Buck has been an editor and/or writer for such publications as Playbill, Stagebill, InTheater, TheaterMania, and TDF Stages. He is currently working as a dramaturg for Lynn M. Thomson’s theater company America-in-Play and co-curates a series of staged readings at Brooklyn College with director Mary Beth Easley and playwrights Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. 

Zahra Sadjadi

Zahra is half-Iranian, half-German, and mostly introvert. She prefers a life off the grid. However, Theasy is a really fun and interesting website, so Zahra came back on the grid to write for a bit. Her particular interests lean towards dance, experimental performance, film, and video.