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  • Most Picture this Post theater reviews are written by actors, directors and playwrights—or wannabes in these categories. 
  • Most Picture this Post dance reviews are written by dancers or choreographers.
  • Most Picture this Post music reviews are written by composers, musicians or serious students of music. 
  • Picture this Post travel stories are mainly written by writers who have traveled a bit in their time, read one or more tour books about the places they have visited, and look to add in-the-moment commentary that isn’t commonly found.
  • Some of us are “mere mortals” who just love to write and find such writing highly rewarding. 
  • Some of us are more oriented to photography than writing. 

 You can apply to join the Picture This Post team!

Listing below is alphabetical by last name. 

Derek Lee Barton PhD
Derek Lee Barton PhD

Derek Lee Barton PhD — Atlanta Editor

Derek Barton is a performance artist, educator, and director of both film and stage productions. A graduate of Northwestern's Performance Studies doctoral program, his
work explores issues of sustainability, social justice, and artistic
intervention in public space.
For more on Dr. Barton, visit www.derekleebarton.com

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Hairpin Arts Center - Element Ballet presents IN THE GARDEN OF ATLANTIS
Tuli Bera Photo: Matthew Gregory Hollis

Tuli Bera— Writer:  Dance

Tuli Bera is a performance artist based in Chicago.  She received her BFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She currently dances with Project Ishti led by Preeti Veerlapati and Kinnari Vora. Most recently she danced in their new work, "Prakriti" which premiered at the 2017 Chicago Fringe Festival. Bera works as Aerial Dance Chicago's program coordinator and is also the director of J e l l o Performance Series housed by Links Hall and Elastic Arts. This is an artistic platform that provides opportunities for Chicago artists to show their work. For more information about The Series Website.

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CHIARA
Chiara Berzieri

Chiara Berzieri - Europe Copy Editor

Chiara Berzieri –brings a keen eye for detail and multi-lingual expertise to be the copy editor for Picture This Post European travel stories. She has a deep interest in architecture, photography and culture.

Born and raised in the sixties in Milan, the Fashion City, Chiara moved to Varese, 40 km north, near Switzerland, famous for its Italian Liberty Style and for its stunning position around the Italian Lake District, one of the most beautiful environmental areas of Europe.  After graduating in Varese, she worked for many years for Attorney at Law firms. In 2005, Chiara moved to Modena, the City of Pavarotti and car makers as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

2009 was the year that Chiara discovered Umbria – the green heart of Italy – by chance, touring the country by car. She says, “I found in the green landscapes of Valdichiana the authenticity of its welcoming people. In 2010 I bought a 19th century building, totally abandoned, Podere Molinaccio, and started the renovation and modernization work with great satisfaction. Today I’m an enthusiastic, curious and happy host at Podere Molinaccio of people from all over the world!

Read more about Chiara in the Picture this Post profile “PANICALE DIVERTIMENTO-STYLE Review–Breaking Bread with Chiara and Raffa

Read more about Podere Molinaccio here. 

Ann Boland
Ann Boland Portrait by artist Paul Sierra

Ann Boland — Writer

Ann Boland is involved in the arts community from the audience POV.  She was seduced by the true grit of 1980’s Steppenwolf and got involved with Wisdom Bridge Theater as a Board Member.  Today, in addition to reviewing for Picture This Post, she manages two careers.  First is as a publicist for authors-- Ann Boland . Second, she is EVP for a company she helped found, NeuVanta, which provides online continuing profession education and exercise programs for seniors to help with agility, balance and mobility.

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Alexis Bugajski

Alexis Bugajski — Writer:  Theater

Alexis is a theater reviewer, travel bug, media specialist, and burger & beer enthusiast. During the day she works in the advertising business as a senior communications designer. When night falls, or when she can escape to New York, she’s hitting the theaters to see as many shows as she can. And whenever she’s not at her desk or in the audience, she’s out seeking the best burger and beer offerings in Chicago.

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Jacob Davis

Jacob Davis — Writer:  Theater, Opera

Jacob Davis has lived in Chicago since 2014 when he started writing articles about theatre, opera, and dance for a number of review websites. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Theatre, where he specialized in the history of modernist dramatic literature and criticism. While there, he interned as a dramaturge for Dance Heginbotham developing concepts for new dance pieces. His professional work includes developing the original jazz performance piece The Blues Ain’t a Color with Denise LaGrassa, which played at Theater Wit. He has also written promotional materials for theatre companies including Silk Road Rising.

READ PICTURE THIS POST STORIES BY JACOB DAVIS HERE.

Bob Dreyfuss
Bob Dreyfuss

Bob Dreyfuss — New York Writer

Bob Dreyfuss is an independent journalist based in New York City and Cape May, New Jersey, who has written extensively for Rolling Stone, The Nation, The New Republic, Mother Jones, and many other magazines. He has served as a member of the board of directors for Cape May Stage, an equity theatre in New Jersey, where he profiled dozen of actors for the company’s weekly newsletter. He currently serves on the board of The Upstart Creatures, a New York theatre company. Onstage, he has appeared as Egeus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Delivery Man in Barefoot in the Park, and he is currently writing a full-length play about the late Senator John McCain. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the PBS Newshour, Fox News, Democracy Now!, and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and has traveled widely, including reporting from Iran, Vietnam, China, and Tanzania.

READ PICTURE THIS POST STORIES BY BOB DREYFUSS HERE.

Rachel Errington

Rachel Errington — Associate Film Editor

Rachel Errington is a New York-based actor, producer and writer, originally from Los Angeles.  She recently produced and performed in “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a short film headed for the festival circuit.   Rachel graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Theatre.  Favorite roles include Beatrice from “A View from the Bridge,” and the title roles in “Medea” and “Miss Julie.”  You can learn more about Rachel at www.rachelerrington.com.
Brent Ervin-Eickhoff

Brent Ervin-Eickhoff — Writer:  Theater, Film

Brent Ervin-Eickhoff is a director, writer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. He has worked with A Red Orchid Theatre, Silk Road Rising, Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., The Public House Theatre, and other storefront theatres as a director, assistant director, and in a variety of artistic capacities. Brent served as Co-Artistic Director and is currently the Managing Director of Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble, of which he was a founding member. His productions of Herculaneum and Bison? Bison. Bison! with Blue Goose were praised by critics and audiences. Bison? Bison. Bison! was selected and performed as part of Chicago’s Night Out in the Parks Initiative. An award-winning filmmaker, Brent’s films have screened as part of the Frog Baby Film Festival and Indianapolis 48 Hour Film Project.  His play Puget Sound was workshopped as a staged reading as part of A Red Orchid Theatre’s Incubator Program in 2017. Brent graduated from Ball State University Magna Cum Laude with degrees in Directing and Theatre Education, as well as Ball State’s prestigious Academic Honors in Writing. www.brentasmagoria.com
 
Dante Hale

Dante Hale –Film Writer, Comedy Writer

Dante Hale is a stand-up comedian, Host, and Producer of The Harsh Words with Friends Podcast, a practitioner of the ridiculous, burgeoning nihilist, motivational speaker, old school nerdling, & Navy Vet. When he isn't touring, you can find him in New Orleans following his passion for nachos.   For more information on Dante's upcoming gigs visit the Dante Hale Comedy Facebook page.

NATE HALL
Nate Hall Photo: Jeff Day

Nate Hall— Writer:  Theater, Music

Nate is an actor/composer/playwright currently based in Chicago, and originally from Los Alamos, New Mexico. He is the first graduate of Texas Tech's BFA Musical Theatre program, and has been acting for over six years, performing in the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival and Santa Fe Musical Festival, among others. His plays have been featured in one act/ten-minute play festivals, and his musical Fade Out had it's first reading in December 2017.

See his current work at actornatehall.wordpress.com or on Facebook

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Brittany Harlin
Brittany Harlin

Brittany Harlin — Writer:  Dance, Music, Theater, Culture

Brittany Harlin is the founding artistic director of Chicago Urban Dance Collective and 2017 recipient of the Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award. Her influences are Hip Hop and Modern Dance Pioneers. In addition to company work, her dancing and choreography has been featured at Ragdale Foundation, Links Hall, Elastic Arts, Aragon Ballroom, DRAMA Duo Music Productions, Black Ensemble Theatre, and Hip Hop International.  Brittany’s focus is Hip Hop, Modern, Funk Styles, Waacking, and House, combined with growing knowledge of somatics and kinesiology, all through the concert dance lens. Her goal is to bring dance education to a place of complete body awareness, spiritual expression, and connection. Brittany hopes to establish her practice in expressive therapy, creating opportunities, and inclusiveness.

Her teaching artist pedagogy & philosophy are weighted in respecting the integrity of the vernacular movement, by sharing what she’s been taught from respected community members - and stopping exactly there. She relates those concepts to personal natural movement, and the energy of the dancers she’s working with. Her goal is to create solidarity between diverse backgrounds, conducive to the essence and intention of The Hip Hop Socio-Political Movement. Harlin’s passion in dance extends to her community as she has launched her most recent endeavor of teaching professionalism and industry standards to aspiring professional dancers.  When Brittany isn’t dancing, she is supplementing her work with her passions for poetry and songwriting. She’s been referred to as a fawn and a hippie on multiple, separate occasions.

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Harold Jaffe

Harold Jaffe — Writer:  Theater

Harold Jaffe is a poet, playwright, amateur trapeze artist, freelance greeting card designer, and pie deliveryman. He earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Olin College with a concentration in Poetry at Wellesley College. Since returning to Chicago, he has worked extensively with Cave Painting Theater Company, where his and Gwen Kelly-Masterton's play The Land of Never-Lack was produced in Spring of 2016, as well as with the Old World Theatre Company and the late great Oracle Productions. Some of his writing can be found at haroldjaffe.tumblr.com and in his chapbook Perpetual Emotion Machine, now available at Women & Children First.

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Peter Kachergis

Peter Kachergis— Co-Publisher; Travel Photographer

Tarheel Peter moved to Chicago to study photography at the School of the Art Institute. He was a professional photographer briefly, but then turned his efforts to cabinetmaking and working with metal and wood. Periodically he would disband his carpentry company to travel to India or Indonesia for half a year or so, becoming a full-time photographer again. Then as now, he is energized by trying to capture a sense of place with his lens. In recent years, he and his writer wife, Amy Munice, became a travel writing team, and in late 2016 they co-founded Picture this Post.

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Lauren Katz

Lauren Katz — Writer:  Theater, Dance

Lauren Katz hails from Washington DC, where she worked with Mosaic Theater Company of DC in Company Management. She recently moved to Chicago for the Artistic Apprenticeship at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and since completing the program, has been freelancing in directing, dramaturgy, and teaching artistry. She has worked with various companies around the city including Mudlark Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Theater Wit, Prop Thtr, and Windy City Playhouse. Lauren graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio with a double major in Drama and English Literature. 

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K. Krombie

K. Krombie–New York Writer

K. Krombie is a writer, reviewer and incidental performer living in Astoria, NY.

Solene Le Van Photo: Myriam Lyczba

Solene Le Van — Classical Music Associate Editor

Solène Le Van is a classical soprano and violinist based in Los Angeles and New York. Born in France, she moved to America at five years old when she made her orchestral debut. She has been invited to perform nationally and internationally, notably in the Brunneby Gard Recital Series (Sweden), the LA Philharmonic Encore Concerts, Carnegie Hall, the 28th International Munster Jazz Festival (France), and the 3rd Vianden Festival (Luxembourg) under the patronage of the US Embassy. Orchestral performances include solo appearances with the Princeton University Orchestra as a two-time concerto competition winner and as a soloist in Handel’s “Dixit Dominus”, the Young Musicians Foundation Orchestra, the RCM Big Band and Orchestra, the Nassau Sinfonia under the auspices of the American Handel Society with conductor John Butt, and a performance as La Musica in "L’Orfeo" under the direction of English National Opera director Tom Guthrie.

Ms. Le Van studies with former Metropolitan Opera heldentenor Jon Fredric West and coaches with former Metropolitan Opera soprano Carole Farley. In the past, she worked with Cynthia Munzer and Kim Josephson and received coaching at Juilliard. In 2016, she attended the Royal College of Music in London, where she received first class honors for her dual study in voice with Russell Smythe and violin with Daniel Rowland. She also had the opportunity to study aesthetics and criticism, as well as the art of writing reviews, with Ivan Hewett, classical music critic for The Telegraph. At fifteen, she was accepted into Princeton with a concentration in French and certificates in Vocal Performance, Italian, and Musical Theater. Versatile in many styles, including jazz, folk, and musical theater, Ms. Le Van recently was a standby for the operatic lead role in “Rocktopia” on Broadway and has eclectic interests in complimentary fields to music, including the visual arts, film, theater, and dance.
As a writer, she has held an editorial position for Kunstkammer: the Princeton Undergraduate Journal of Art and written poetry, some of which has been published. As the Associate Editor of Classical Music for Picture This Post, Ms. Le Van finds it the ideal opportunity to express her love of music, pictures, and writing. To learn more about Solene Le Van, please visit her website, official Facebook page, or Youtube channel.

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Susan Lieberman
Susan Lieberman

Susan Lieberman — Theater Assignment Editor

Susan Lieberman is a Jeff Award-winning, Emmy-nominated scriptwriter, journalist, literary consultant and leader of Stories in the Spotlight writing workshops. A Resident Playwright Alumnus at Chicago Dramatists, she is the author of Prairie Lights (licensed by Dramatic Publishing) Arrangement for Two Violas (New Plays from Chicago), Mi Coche, Mi Quince (licensed by YouthPLAYS) and many other dramas and musicals. She is currently working on a commission for BBC Radio and a solo show about Federal Theater Project director Hallie Flanagan. 

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Mark Lindeblad

Mark Lindeblad — Writer: Classical Music

Mark Lindeblad is a working pianist and bassoonist in Chicagoland.  He received the Bachelor's of Music performance degree, bassoon major, piano minor from Wichita State University in 1978 and the Master's of Music performance degree in bassoon from Roosevelt University in 1983 in Chicago.   While doing piano accompanying was always happening on the side from high school and college years, it stepped up to be Mark’s primary occupation in the 1990's.  Today he is a piano accompanist at Glenbard South High School, and plays principal bassoon in the Southwest Symphony, and also finds time for about 20 private students studying either bassoon or piano.  For more information, visit Mark Lindeblad’s website:    www.markspianostudio.com

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Luke McLaughlin
Luke McLaughlin

Luke McLaughlin - Film Writer

Luke McLaughlin– is an Indianapolis-based director, actor, and educator, originally from the fields of Central Indiana. Luke serves as the Associate Artistic Director for Frankfort, Indiana’s Red Barn Summer Theatre and teaches at Zionsville High School. Luke graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Theatre and Film Production. When not teaching or working the boards, Luke is either watching a movie, outside enjoying nature, or playing with his adopted terrier Jack.

Amy Munice

Amy Munice — Co-Publisher; Editor

As stereo boomed musicals or symphonies, little Amy savored show biz caricatures in the Sunday Times, and puzzled over the different POV in her mother’s Montreal history primers. On a NYC teacher’s salary, her family of four could afford Broadway often, and subscribe to the ballet. Teen Amy sometimes went to MOMA weekly. To her, today’s culture-accessible Chicago feels like NYC then. Ghostwriting thousands of science, engineering etc. articles for worldwide magazines, she became a quick pen.   Enter husband Peter Kachergis and travel thrills began, including co-founding Picture this Post. Today, as keeper of the Picture This Writers’ Guidelines, she ponders how to keep POV upfront without going Gonzo.

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John Olson

John Olson — New York Broadway Columnist; Writer: Film, Music

John is a lifelong arts carnivore who especially devours theatre, film, and music. After playing trombone in school orchestras and bands through college, and acting in plays, he thought it would be practical to tap those interests for a career in advertising, which he practiced for years – serving clients like McDonald’s, Bud Light, Sears, Oster and even the Chinese beer Tsingtao. He has been writing about theatre for various publications and websites since 1994, and since 2010 has been doing marketing and publicity for various Chicago theatres. John is currently the principal of John Olson Communications, a marketing and PR firm specializing in arts and entertainment.

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Jordan Rome

Jordan Rome - Culture Writer

Jordan Rome is an actress turned director/ writer/filmmaker working and living in Chicago, IL. She received her BFA in 2014 from DePaul University in PR and Advertising and Community Service Studies. She uses solo performance and film to deconstruct our understanding of race and body politics in America. She draws inspiration through the intimate exploration of Self and Source, both which she believes are spiritually and equally intertwined.

The professional work she’s accomplished in Chicago’s theatre/film include MPAACT Theater’s, Illinois Caucus of Adolescent Health youth theatre program, Collaboraction Theatre, Theater Momentum, VAM Studios, and Soft Cage Films.

Hayley Ross
Hayley Ross

Hayley Ross — Dance Associate Editor

Hayley Ross graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with degrees in Dance and Journalism. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Hayley began dancing at the age of four. She has studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, and African dance and regularly can be found taking dance and Pilates at Chicago's Lou Conte Dance Studio. Hayley has completed internships at CityScene Media Group, OhioDance, the Chautauqua Institution, and American Dance Festival. She currently works in the Marketing department at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago as the Communication Coordinator. Learn more about Hayley at hayleyross.weebly.com

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Taryn Smith

Taryn Smith  - Communities Associate Editor

Taryn Smith graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago's BFA Performance program in 2011. After graduating, she co-founded Realize Theatre Group and served as Executive Director for the company.  She has filled numerous roles while with RTG both on and off stage including making her playwriting debut with her play America, Inc . She has worked as a stage manage, designer, director, and actor. Outside of the theatre world, Taryn is a licensed massage therapist.

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Sarah Stearn

Sarah Stearn — Writer: Dance

Sarah Stearn, a native of Chicago, is a dancer and videographer. She has recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in Dance, and is excited to be back in the city. Currently, she works with Tuli Bera as an administrator for J e l l o Performance Series.

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