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Molly Marinik

Molly Marinik (Founder & 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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Dan Dinero

Dan Dinero (Associate Editor)

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. 

Jenna Ready

Jenna Ready (Business Manager) 

Jenna Ready is an ex-actor, writer and arts administrator based in New York City. She is currently employed as a business associate and house manager for Atlantic Theater Company and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies, in addition to one in English Literature, from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She loves the thrill of live performance (I mean, you figured), traveling, and her cat.

 

Emily Turner

Emily Turner (Marketing Manager) 

Emily is a graduate of Trinity College with a double major in music and theater/dance. Since moving to NYC Emily has interned for Second Stage Theatre, Scott Sanders Productions, and Davenport Theatrical. Most recently she was the marketing intern at Atlantic Theater. She loves all things theater and is happy to be joining the Theasy team!

 

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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Alaina Feehan

Alaina Feehan 

Alaina has been a longtime champion of independent theatre and its artists.  In addition to working with the League of Independent Theatre to help save theatrical venues, she has worked for The Pearl Theatre Company, Women’s Project, and is a co-founder of The Subjective Theatre Company.  She’s also spent close to 5 years working in boutique NYC talent and literary agencies. She’s a sucker for random acts of kindness and she likes her theatre shaken, not stirred.

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 has also worked as a dramaturg for Lynn M. Thomson’s theater company America-in-Play and at the Bushwick Starr. He co-curates a series of staged readings at Brooklyn College with director Mary Beth Easley and playwrights Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. 

 

Angel Lam

Angel Lam

Angel is a music composer, writer and performer who has been a three-time commissioned composer for Carnegie Hall, and has had her compositions performed all over the world by international ensembles and world class performers. Her most recent ventures include the premiere of her new musical, a short film with symphonic band, an orchestral suite with narration, a multimedia work with dance, and performing in her own solo show in the city that never sleeps. In her free time she likes to bike the island to catch the latest, hippest shows, or sip a late night Irish coffee in West Village.  www.angellam.com

Ben Coleman

Ben Coleman 

Ben is a dramaturg, producer, and theatre critic. By day he is the Literary Associate for Samuel French Inc. where he is responsible seeing and reading plays & musicals for this 180 year old theatrical institution. Ben regularly takes on various theatrical pursuits in addition to his work in dramatic publishing, and he has had the privilege to work for such organizations as: The Signature Theatre, New Dramatists, LCT3, UnsungMusicalsCo., MCC, Astoria Performing Arts Center, the Princess Grace Awards, and numerous theatrical agencies and casting offices. Ben has a Master’s Degree in Theatre History & Criticism from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University. @benreviews.

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Cindy Pierre

Cindy Pierre 

Cindy Pierre is a writer who dabbles in different genres, but is chiefly an inspirational writer.  She is nuts about theater, film, music, artsy reality shows, and likes the UFC.  When she's not writing, she moonlights as an administrative assistant to keep a roof over her cat Sherman's head.

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Dave Osmundsen

Dave Osmundsen 

Dave Osmundsen is a New Jersey based playwright and dramaturge. He is fresh out of Montclair State University with a BA in Theatre Studies and a Minor in Creative Writing. He has interned with Davis/Spylios Management, Prospect Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, and New Dramatists. His play include Distance (licensed through YesPlays.com), Rules of the House, and My Dates with Famous People.

Geri Silver

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. 

Greg Solomon

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.

Heather Jeanne Violanti

Heather Jeanne Violanti 

Heather Jeanne Violanti is a dramaturg and playwright. MFA, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism, Yale School of Drama. MA, Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

 

 

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Jack Smart

Jack Smart

Jack Smart is an arts journalist and theater critic. In 2012 he graduated from Vassar College with a degree in English and Drama. He also studied Shakespeare and dramatic criticism at the British American Dramatic Academy in London. Originally from Honolulu, Hawai'i, he now lives in the decidedly non-tropical streets of New York and works as a Staff Writer at Backstage. His writing has appeared in TDF Stages and Samuel French's Breaking Character, and on the pop culture blog JackSmartReviews.com. Jack was selected by the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center as a fellow at the 2014 National Critics Institute. 

Jan Rosenberg

Jan Rosenberg 

Jan is a (mostly) Native New Yorker and Playwright. She received her B.A in Playwriting from The New School. Her plays have been presented by Primary Stages (ESPA), Vertigo Theater Company, Wide Eyed Productions, MTIF, and Manhattan Rep. She also writes for Show Business Weekly. Follow @KickTheJan for tangents that are too alarming for Facebook.

 

Jerron Herman

Jerron Herman

Jerron Herman is a writer-dancer who hails from California and came to New York to write for the stage. He's performed 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.

 

Keith Medelis

Keith Medelis 

Keith Paul Medelis is the Founding Artistic Director of The New Theatre Project based in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is currently the Creative Director of Upstream Artists’ Collective in Brooklyn devoted to the creation of new and rejuvenated stories about environmental sustainability for the stage. For these companies and more he has directed, devised, developed and/or produced several original works. Before moving to New York, Keith worked for the Pioneer Theater Guild directing student productions and mentoring student directors. He is currently in the MFA Directing program at Brooklyn College where he is also an adjunct lecturer in theater.

Kelsey Balzli

Kelsey Balzli 

Kelsey Balzli is both a theatre lover and fitness enthusiast originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Now working in the fitness sphere full time, she has worked as a social media apprentice at the Pekoe Group in NYC, a marketing/public relations associate at Lauren Rayner Productions, The Play Company, Sleep No More NYC, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. She is excited to share many stories with the New York theatre community by writing reviews for Theatre is Easy. Learn more about her work at www.kelseybalzli.com.

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Ken Kaissar

Ken Kaissar 

Ken Kaissar’s article, Baring It All, was published by American Theatre magazine in January of 2013. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. He teaches playwriting and theatre history at Rider University and the Richard Stockton College.

 

Lee Kinney

Lee Kinney 

Lee Kinney has directed, designed, and composed in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Canada. He holds an MFA in Directing from Ohio University, and a BA in English Literature from St. Thomas University. Lee has recently worked with The Flea, Less Than Rent, Page 73, The Bushwick Starr, Stella Adler Studio, and MCC Theater.

 

Linda Buchwald

Linda Buchwald 

Linda Buchwald has a lot of opinions about theater and is excited to share them with readers of Theasy. You can read her writing at TDF Stages, Broadway Direct, Backstage.com, The Craptacular, Beamly, and other publications. If you want to read her 140-character thoughts about theater, pop culture, and whatever else pops into her head, follow her on Twitter @PataphysicalSci.

 

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Sarah Moore

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.

 

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber 

Sarah received her bachelors at Muhlenberg College where she studied theatre, English, creative writing, and whatever she could find in the library. So, naturally she now works at a publishing company and is pursuing a career in writing and dramaturgy. Her interests also lie in indie film and the lifelong pursuit of finding good coffee (lots of good coffee).

 

Shani R. Friedman 

Shani R. Friedman hails from Canada, but has lived in NYC for years and still loves it. She's a tenant advocate in housing court, as well as a writer, editor and blogger. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, NY Press, The Park Slope Reader, New York Family Magazine and The Forward.

 

Shawna Cormier

Shawna Cormier

Shawna is originally from Tucson, Arizona. Luckily, the politics and sun didn't burn her too badly and she earned her BFA in Acting from the University of Arizona. She is an educator, actor, and writer who graduated from Brooklyn College with a MFA in Acting. She is a proud member of AEA.

 

Shoshana Roberts

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.

Teddy Nicholas

Teddy Nicholas

Teddy Nicholas is a playwright/director from Queens, New York and a founding member of Everywhere Theatre Group. His work has been seen at HERE Arts Center, INTAR, The Wild Project, Dixon Place, The New Ohio Theater, The Brick Theater, Ars Nova, the Incubator Arts Project and 3LD. He’s a Box Office Treasurer at The Broadhurst Theatre and a contributing writer for nytheater now and New York Theatre Review. (teddynicholas.com) (Photo credit: Jody Christopherson)

Tim Croner

Tim Croner

Tim is a recent graduate of Vassar College, but he got his start as a critic while still in high school, as a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cappies and as the school newspaper’s resident Broadway critic. He is currently interning his way into the theatre community, and is excited to exercise his passions for writing and seeing plays as a member of the Theasy staff.

 

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Zahra Sadjadi

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.

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.