Who is Picture this Post?
- 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.
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message on our contact form if you would like to study our writer's guidelines and apply to be part of the editorial team.
Listing below is alphabetical by last name.
Daniel Aguilar — Writer, Assistant Calendar Manager
Daniel is currently a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Creative Writing. During his high school years, Daniel attended Chicago Bulls College Prep where he had been a video editor and also a frequent participant in skits. He has also worked closely with the Chicago Public Library Library of Games as a content creator, artist, writer, and video editor. During his free time, Daniel likes to draw cartoons, write creative stories both short and long, and work on small video projects.After college, Daniel plans on writing creatively and professionally as an editor and writing stories for multiple forms of media.
Alexa Amato — Assistant Dance Editor, Social Media Manager
Alexa Amato has been involved with the dance community since she was three years old — as a dancer, student, teacher, reviewer and choreographer. She has trained in a wide range of dance styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and hip-hop. Currently, Alexa is pursuing a B.S. in Dance Education at Hofstra University. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, watching mystery movies, practicing Spanish, keeping up with her love for amusement parks and being surrounded by nature with her friends.
Chiara Berzieri — Film Review Writer
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.
Eboni Brown, Assistant Editor/Publisher
It was a documentary about three brothers—triplets—separated at birth and how they found each other that first gave Eboni the bug to tell stories. To this day you’ll find her binge watching documentaries on Sundays, her preferred activity on her day of rest. Given the state of the country, these days her tastes have evolved to be much more focused on political films that speak to the secrets behind the headlines.
On any day and time of the week you will likely find Eboni doodling, or picking up her journal to make an entry. She feels much better when her pen puts her thoughts on paper, so she can step back and better examine what her mind is telling her to do.
Picture Eboni’s friends with headphones on, listening to her latest playlists drawn up for moods and all occasions—including lots of indie sounds but also Gospel, Latin, World Music, and more.
Alexis Bugajski — Writer
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.
Nicki Chaput, Editorial Assistant
Nicki is a lover of all things art, entertainment, and acrobatics, particularly stuff with a macabre or fantastic slant. An Orange County native who grew up with season passes to Disneyland, Nicki spends most of her time writing spec scripts for sci-fi and fantasy films, making YouTube videos about media, and creating art with watercolor, pen and ink, and Photoshop. When not working on creative projects, she can be found doing aerial, trampolining, dancing, watching cartoons, collecting Living Dead Dolls, and wearing alternative and retro fashion.
Jacob Davis — Writer
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.
Ryan Davis — Writer
Ryan Davis (@indieartsvoice) is a film publicist and communications professional with over ten years experience in the film industry and arts marketing. She is co-founder and Principal at Smarthouse Creative. Named by Media Inc. as one of Washington State's most influential women in film, TV, and media, Ryan has worked with outlets ranging from CNN and The New York Times, to community newspapers and local radio. She has worked in almost every aspect of the film business--from production and festivals to distribution, exhibition and sales.
Ryan worked for Arab Film Distribution/Typecast Films where she was part of the production and release of the Academy Award-nominated Iraq in Fragments. She has worked for a variety of nonprofit arts groups and organizations, including heading the marketing departments for Northwest Film Forum and Northwest Folklife, and was the assistant director of Couch Fest Films from 2010-2014. Ryan was on the jury for the International Documentary Challenge for 2012-3, and a juror for the 2015 Seattle Shorts Festival. Ryan currently sits on the board of The Grand Cinema in Tacoma, WA.
Brent Ervin-Eickhoff — Writer
Jamal H. Goodwin Jr. — Writer
Grammar, prose style, fiction, nonfiction: Jamal does it all. When he's not jogging or reading Daredevil, he's writing stories with a focus on character and elegant language. He’s written reviews for Philadelphia Stories and has fiction published by Spillwords press. Check out a sample of his work at thefictionwriter.blog website.
Nichole Gould — Writer
Today, she does things a little differently and her writing covers topics of disillusionment, nature, family, homecoming, and growth. She attempts to tackle these topics in an experimental and dreamy way, through both nonfiction and fiction, and sometimes, when she’s feeling confident, poetry. Nichole also spent a semester in Oregon, studying writing and hiking among the moss. Although she misses traveling, she enjoys exploring the magic of the Great Lakes in her home state of Michigan. When she’s not writing or traveling, you can find her reading, bookstore hopping, looking for her dream job as a recent grad, or hanging out with her 16-year-old cat, Kyle.
Annabelle Harsch, Writer and Nationwide Theater Calendar Manager
Annabelle has perpetual graphite smears on her hands from stories she wrote. She’s written about secrets and regret, but her favorite things to write about are love and dragons, good or bad. When Annabelle isn’t reading and writing, she’s usually hiking or buying plants and books.
Breanna Henry — Writer, Assistant Editor - Gospel Music
Almost 10 years ago Breanna sat in her tiny room she shared with her younger sister in Houston, Texas writing songs, stories, and poems on the rough carpet. She mimicked songs she heard on the radio and imitated books she's read from the Scholastic Book Fair. By fifth grade, she knew creative writing would soon be her passion. Now a sophomore at Loyola University New Orleans, she has published works on her university's newspaper, literary journal, and on her own blog. When she's not writing and working towards her Mass Communication and English Writing degree, she's watching Criminal Minds re-runs, doing photoshoots with friends, and dancing wildly in her dorm room while music blasts through her speakers.
Caryn Hoffman — Writer
Ms. Hoffman has a degree in art and her life’s work has been environmentally and politically focused. After community organizing on both coasts, she had a career as an educator in Southern California. Now, semi-retired, Ms. Hoffman leads an active, outdoor lifestyle, continues to advocate for the environment and travels. She is especially fond of art, film, cultural events and is an ardent, live music fan. She loves adventure travel including camping, hiking, kayaking, rafting and road biking.
Carmen Johnson, Calendar Manager – Philadelphia, Art
Sitting at her father’s knee, young Carmen heard many a haint tale--- the ghost stories of the South and African- American lore. She thinks that these engaging yarns might have been what first sparked her fascination with writing stories, an avocation she has pursued since the first days she could read and write.
When she doesn’t have a virtual pen in hand, you’ll instead find Carmen carrying a camera. A Philly native, she and her friends started regular shutterbug outings to capture the vibrant murals that pepper Philadelphia’s landscape along with parks and gardens.
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.
Lauren Katz — Writer
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.
Alicia Kobasic — Writer, Assistant Music Editor
Alicia has been writing stories as far back as she can remember. More recently, she stokes her love of stories with crime shows—if they are about creepy serial killers all the better! Her deepest passions, however, are for the rock bands like Palaye Royale, Waterparks and Badflower. Once Alicia graduates from Bowling Green State University, look for her landing her dream job as a music journalist traveling the world.
Lily LeaVesseur — Writer
Lily LeaVesseur has harbored a fondness for the arts since she was a few months old, when her parents took her on her first of many stroller rides through the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago. Even after moving to San Diego as a child, she returned many times so that she could stare down her favorite pieces, combing them over again and again for clues to their greatness.
She carried this enthusiasm like a missionary, and in high school petitioned to re-open the single Art History course on the roster so that she could study it with her friends. She loved feeling like she could unlock some sort of intangible mystery behind works of art, and looking for herself within the artists that created them.
Since then Lily has continued to explore art both analytically and creatively. She now writes poetry and non-fiction, sometimes accompanied by illustrations or watercolor, and hopes to one day collect these works into a graphic novel. When she's not writing or drawing, she can otherwise be found skating with friends, experimenting with new food combinations, and/or lying on the floor contemplating the transcendental nature of TikTok.
Paul Lee — Assistant Video Editor and Writer
Paul Lee is a fervent video editor who has been creating videos since his middle school years. He finds the flow and process of video editing and production to be gruesome, but worth it at the end.
While video editing has been a main hobby for him, Paul has also been a performer his entire life — singing, acting, and dancing since he was 5-years old. Like most performers during the pandemic, Paul longs to return to the stage and perform in front of an audience.
Alexis Leonard — Writer, Assistant Editor, Assistant Publisher
Alexis Leonard’s passion for reading and writing began in the Hundred Acre Wood when she accompanied Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh on their friendly, imaginative adventures. At the age of seven, Alexis was inspired by this honey-loving bear and began writing her own short stories filled with magical kingdoms, eerie forests, and furry monsters. She is interested in international relations and foreign languages, practicing her language skills by reading short stories from around the globe and learning about literature from different cultures. In her spare time, you will find Alexis reading psychological thrillers, watching anime, or focusing on her own creative writing.
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.
Madalena Martins — Writer, Assistant Editor
Madalena is a young writer and actress based in Chicago. She was born and raised in Lisbon (Portugal- the home of soccer and custard tarts) then moved to Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina), and finally made it to the United States! Her international background resulted in a deep love for languages, cultures, travelling, and food. She is also a lover of theatre, cinema, music, and literature. In her free time, she enjoys writing, going to the beach, doing improv comedy and sketches with friends, talking to strangers, and suffocating her dog with love.
Besides this, she is interested in climate activism, feminism, and queer studies, and is interested in the intersections between these fields.
Cameron McKeon — Writer, National Cinema Calendar Manager
Younger Cameron often thumbed through the newspaper articles his dad had written, staring in wonder at the familiar name residing atop the story. Brimming with curiosity and inspiration, it wasn’t long before Cameron started putting pen to paper. The passion blossomed and continues to flower to this day. While born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, long days basking in Chicago’s Wrigley Field bleachers and summer treks through European countrysides have shaped Cameron’s psyche. It’s not uncommon to find him with a Bill Bryson book in hand while trying to find an unwatched episode of Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown. He looks up to these two masters of their respective craft, inquisitive minds with a knack for storytelling.
Amy Munice — Co-Publisher; Editor
Amy Munice is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Picture This Post. She covers books, dance, film, theater, music, museums and travel. Prior to founding Picture This Post, Amy was a freelance writer and global PR specialist for decades—writing and ghostwriting thousands of articles and promotional communications on a wide range of technical and not-so-technical topics.
Amy hopes the magazine’s click-a-picture-to-read-a-vivid-account format will nourish those ever hunting for under-discovered cultural treasures. She especially loves writing articles about travel finds, showcasing works by cultural warriors of a progressive bent, and shining a light on bold, creative strokes by fledgling artists in all genres.
Anthony Neri — Writer
An avid philosophizer and Dostoevsky fanboy, Anthony spends his time ruminating on very deep moral questions. Is he a genuine old soul or does he feign as much for the mystique?--perhaps a bit of both. When he isn't tormenting himself existentially, he reads fiction and translates ancient Greek and Latin texts, all the while developing his own literary flourishes with the hope of producing his very own dazzling prose. Cliche? Maybe. But he figures everyone starts out as a cliche.
John Olson — New York Broadway Columnist; Writer
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.
Elena Panettiere, Assistant Editor for Children’s Book Reviews
As a young girl Elena often found herself rummaging through magazines looking for new recipes or the latest fashion. The layout of a magazine has always drawn her in. Alongside this sparked an interest in costuming and special effects makeup. She enjoys nothing more than putting on a floor length ball gown to sit down and do her homework in. This is always accompanied nicely with a fake wound in her neck.
Hayley Ross — Dance Review Writer
Hayley Ross is a writer, arts marketer, dancer, and fitness instructor in Chicago, IL. Originally from Ohio, Hayley has studied Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, and African dance and teaches Pilates and Barre fitness classes. She has previously worked for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, American Dance Festival, OhioDance, and The Chautauqua Institution. She is currently the Advertising and Marketing Manager for the League of Chicago Theatres.
Tonika Todorova — Children's Books Editorial Team, Writer
Tonika Todorova is a freelance writer and director that goes by the self imposed title of Adventure Architect. She experiences a lot of performance with her eight year old son, Jaxon, by her side, and his reflections on Chicago theatre offer a refreshingly new perspective for her, and hopefully, others. Jaxon practices autonomous learning and is proud to be an Albany Park Chicago Children's Choir singer.
Nell Voss and Sylvia Holstein — Children's Book Editorial Team; Writer
Why have we ceded so much of our lives and our space to the automobile?
Nell Voss can think of many better uses for urban space. She spends most of her free time imagining cities with forests instead of traffic corridors and vegetable gardens instead of parking lots. She’s also spent a large part of the last fifteen years writing (plays, screenplays, novels and reviews), or directing (plays, films, Sylvia’s schedule). She lives in Chicago where she loves to watch plays, read novels, grow food and spend as much of the summer at the beach as she possibly can.
Sylvia Holstein is in kindergarten. She loves to use her imagination to combine fictional realms from books and movies into her own imagined world of mermaids, spies, ballerinas, witches, animal friends, and more.
Spence Warren — Writer
Spence Warren is a Filmmaker, a Film Worker, A Musician, A Puppet Maker and - apparently - an occasional reviewer. He hopes to offer people - particularly those who love story in all its forms - valuable insight and perspective.
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