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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. 

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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Sharai Bohannon

Sharai Bohannon— Writer:  Theater, Music, Film

Sharai Bohannon is a playwright, and an avid theatre practitioner, who is very excited to write about most things but especially Chicago Theatre. She has a background in journalism and technical theatre and is excited that those degrees will be put to use in a way that gives her an excuse to leave her couch and brave this “outside” that people keep telling her about. When not on her couch watching TV, she can be found working one of her multiple jobs and/or hunting down a happy hour near you. Read some of Sharai Bohannon’s New Works on New Play Exchange.

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Ann Boland
Ann Boland Portrait by artist Paul Sierra

Ann Boland — Writer:  Theater, Music, Culture

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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Laura Buciuman Photo: Casey Mitchell

Laura Buciuman — Writer:  Theater, Opera, Art; Europe Reporter at Large

Open-minded and curious, with a major in journalism and philosophy (North University, Romania) and two Master Degrees, one in English and Spanish for specific and business purposes (Alicante University, Spain) and another in International Tourism (EOI Business School, Spain), Laura is passionate about writing, storytelling, traveling, arts and culture. She has already lived in four different countries and visited many others and enjoys discovering different cultures. Reading, gastronomy, latin dances and yoga are some of her hobbies.

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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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David Cieri

"David Cieri is a master composer and a true artist. Fearless on the piano, a combination of virtuosity, sensitivity and curiosity, he is constantly discovering new ways to express complex emotions through music that has served as the backbone of our films." --Ken Burns

"This is real music, not trapped by boxes, definitions and genres, but creating its own style. Cieri delivers beautiful moods…honest, imaginative, fearless." --John Zorn

David Cieri— Writer:  Music, Film

David Cieri is a Composer and Musician. Cieri’s film-scoring work includes Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War (Florentine Films, 2017), The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Florentine Films, 2014), The Address (Florentine Films, 2014), Prohibition (with Wynton Marsalis, Florentine Films, 2011), Baseball: The Tenth Inning (Florentine Films, 2010), and Emmy-winning National Parks (Florentine Films, 2008), Barak Goodman’s Emmy-nominated The Emperor of All Maladies (Ark Media, 2015), and “The Heart of the Matter,” a short directed by George Lucas for The Academy of Arts and Sciences (2014). His original score for Raymond De Felitta's Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story was longlisted for an Oscar nomination in 2013. His recently completed scoring project, Oklahoma City, premiered at The Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Cieri has just completed a score for the two time Pulitzer Prize winning Lynn Nottage for her project, This is Reading. Most recently, he has released a recording on Ropeadope Records with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa entitled White Dust, which was released September 1, 2017. The follow up record with Yusef Komunyakaa, Dark Furniture, will be released in June 2018 and a compilation of original score compositions for Ken Burns’ Florentine Films – Notes From The Underscore - is available from  Ropeadope Records.

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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.

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Stephanie Dykes in an earlier Boy George phase

Stephanie Dykes — Writer:  Theater, Film

Stephanie Dykes is a film and theatre enthusiast residing in Chicago, Illinois.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Film Studies from the University of Florida.  She is currently employed at the Marketing Director at City Lit Theater Company and hopes that one day you can all go see a production of one of her original plays.  Her love of theatre began with musical movies as a child and morphed into full-on obsession levels upon seeing a touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  around the age of 12.  The sickness gets worse with each passing production.

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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
 
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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Michelle Kranicke

Michelle Kranicke— Writer: Dance

Michelle Kranicke is the artistic director and founder of Zephyr. In 2010 she began to shift her aesthetic perspective and creative process, reexamining how dance should be presented, who determines what movement is considered dance, and who lays claim to the role of performer. Her work has been presented in Chicago by Defibrillator Gallery, The Dance Center of Columbia College and the Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Michelle was a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist and in 2016 New City named her one of Chicago’s 5 best choreographers.  www.zephyrdance.com

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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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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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Nathalie Nivasnanda

Nathalie Nivasnanda — Museums Assistant Editor; Writer: Film, Museums

Nathalie Nivasnanda is a senior at DePaul University, majoring in Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse and minoring in Communication and Media. Finishing up her undergraduate year, she plans to go back as a graduate student at DePaul. She was born in Chicago, Illinois but grew up in Wilmette, Illinois ultimately attending New Trier Township High School. A self proclaimed museum lover, she sees museums as a fun and interesting way to engage with culture, art and history. For Nathalie, museums have often been a way to explore Chicago and on her day off, you can find her venturing to local Chicago museums and galleries after having just gotten a good bite to eat. She writes museum and cinema reviews for Picture This Post. As the Assistant Museum Editor, Nathalie routinely helps maintain Chicago museum pages and publishes museum news and press releases.

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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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Allison Plamondon
Allison Plamondon

Allison Plamondon — Writer: Dance, Theater

Allison Plamondon is a choreographer, director, teacher and performer originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
 Choreography highlights include the Oscar-winning short film, Curfew , Goblin Market at 59E59 Theaters and direction/choreography/conception for The Tchaikovsky Vignettes at HB Studio. An avid teacher, Allison has taught at Broadway Dance Center, Abrons Arts Center and is currently on the faculty at Tom Todoroff Acting Conservatory. Performance highlights include Tap City-the Main Event, Trying at Cape May Stage and performing with Phish at Madison Square Garden. Directors Lab West ‘17, Uta Hagen Teacher Training, NYFA immigrant artist fellow, SDCF Observership with Kathleen Marshall (City Center Encores).

Learn more at the Allison Plamondon website.

Read more about Allison Plamondon in this Picture this Post feature story - "Choreographer Allison Plamondon on Merce Cunningham".

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Hayley Ross
Hayley Ross

Hayley Ross — Writer: Dance

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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Joseph Anthony Rulli
Joseph Anthony Rulli

Joseph Anthony Rulli — Associate Editor

Joseph Anthony Rulli is a transplanted Hoosier, living in Chicago since the fall of 2006. A 1987 graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA, History) and a 1992 graduate of St. Meinrad School of Theology (MDiv) he taught Social Studies, Religion, Philosophy and History at the high school level. He began writing as a career upon his arrival to his second city and has had two short stories published, a stage play performed, an electronic tour book published online and The Chicago Haymarket Affair (History Press/Arcadia Publishing, 2016) his first print book.

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Marla Seidell

Marla Seidell - Theater, Film, Music and Culture Writer

Marla Seidell is a writer, actress, and comedian based in Chicago, IL. As a freelance journalist, she has covered independent film, music, visual art, theater, dining, fashion, entertainment and lifestyle for a wide range of outlets, including the New York Post, Timeout Chicago, Citysearch.com, Newcity, ALARM, The Daily Herald, ReelChicago.com, and The A.V. Club. Marla has studied at ComedySportz, The Annoyance Theater and The Artistic Home. She has performed in over 30 short and feature films and was nominated for Best Actress at the 2015 Laugh or Die Comedy Film Festival. Favorite stage roles include God (Our Christian Nation, Cornservatory) and Abigail Adams (Star Spangled Sitcoms). Marla graduated Honors, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University, and was a Fulbright in the Netherlands, where she completed a Master's degree in European Studies. An aspiring filmmaker and screenwriter, she is now on the verge of producing/writing her first short film.

See her current work on Marla Seidell Facebook.

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Taryn Smith

Taryn Smith  - Writer:  Theater, Film

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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Kinnari Vora

Kinnari Vora - Dance, Music Writer

Kinnari Vora is a versatile dancer and choreographer in Bharatnatyam (South Indian Classical dance), Indian folk, Kalaripayattu (Indian martial arts) and Indian classical contemporary. She was trained under Guru Sarmishtha Sarkar (India) and was mentored by Guru Pranita Jain (Chicago). She is the co-creator of Ishti (dance collective with Preeti Veerlapati) and is the principal dancer and choreographer for Surabhi Ensemble.  She has performed in India, Italy, Poland, Greece, Israel and the USA. Kinnari also has a practice as a doctor of physical therapy.

READ PICTURE THIS POST STORIES BY KINNARI VORA HERE