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 email@example.com 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
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.
Joe Barabe — Writer
Joe Barabe shares that he fell in love with photography when he bumped into The Family of Man exhibition catalog, and then studied photography under photojournalist Martin Huss in Mannheim Germany. He then ran a photo center for the US Army’s Recreational Services. Joe Barabe works as a Scientific Photographer and Research Microscopist specializing in art materials and documents analysis (Barabe & Associates LLC) and now is focusing more on promoting his fine art photography, including the remarkable images you see here. and recently launched his photography website to promote his fine art photography. Please Visit Joe Barabe photography website.
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.
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.
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
Britni Fletcher — Assistant Editor – Black Lives Matter
Finding herself in a Missouri campus with a largely homogenous White student body and recent episodes of racial strife, Britni wrapped her head around what could be done to bring awareness of Whiteness to the fore. The well-named project that resulted – BIG I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equality, Action)— speaks to who Britni is both in life and in her art. A dancer since the age of 3, and now an accomplished performer and creator of dance films, Britni looks to her art as a vehicle for her activism. Similarly, she brings that focus to building the Picture This Post roundup of interviews with thought leaders in #BLM topics, speaking from the point of view of their artistic wheelhouse.
Rachel Goldman, Assistant Editor for Profile Interviews
For years, Rachel attempted to convince herself that psychology was her true path forward. However, whether she was taking a break from homework for college courses or lying awake in bed, Rachel was (and still is) most likely to be found avidly reading reviews for her favorite episodes of television, watching “inside the episode” excerpts on youtube for her favorite shows or going on Reddit to participate in discourse about her latest interests in television and pop culture. Last year, after writing a historiography on critical evaluations of films made by the Disney company, Rachel experienced a level of intellectual and creative satisfaction that was previously unfathomable to her. Now, Rachel understands that she is no longer content with participating in television and pop culture discourse as a hobby, she wants it to be her life’s work.
Rachel aspires to work in a writer’s room for a television series and immerse herself in the process of writing character arcs, plots and dialogue. Ultimately however, Rachel’s true goal is to spend her time working with collaborative, interesting people to create something great.
When Rachel is not obsessing over television, she is cooking vegetarian food with her boyfriend and watching cat videos on the internet.
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
Nichole Gould is a senior at Oakland University, studying creative writing and advertising. She has been published in the Albion Review, Unbound Journal, and has had writing recognized in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. She loves reading experimental literature, learning about the craft of writing, and writing fiction and nonfiction. In her free time, Nichole enjoys hiking, swimming in the Great Lakes, and visiting as many bookstores as she can.
Connor Grehan — Cinema Writer
Connor Grehan is a History and Film student at Vassar College. A longtime music student, he plays the French Horn, participating in the school orchestra and even a whistling a capella group. He likes to read books and play video games in his spare time, organizing tournaments and other events at school.
Annabelle Harsch — Writer, National Theater Calendar Manager
Annabelle Harsch is devoted to the arts-- especially theatre and film. When not studying or writing, you will likely find her picking out a new book, hiking, kayaking, or reviving dead plants.
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.
Claire Hou — Writer, Boston Calendar Manager, Assistant Editor-at-Large
Claire Hou is a student at Brandeis University, where she is pursuing a degree in English. Raised in Beijing, China and Long Island, New York, she takes every opportunity to travel and explore new cultures. In her free time, Claire enjoys reading, watching movies, and visiting art museums.
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.
Rob Kent — Writer, Assistant Editor for Architecture
Rob Kent is a cook by trade who tends to overseason his food. His free time is usually spent wrapped up in cultural goings-on and a desire to be places he's never been. He's inspired to write by the many metaphors for the way we live, found in the ways we eat.
Lately, he's also exploring the architectural styles of America's major cities and writing about them for Picture This Post.
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.
Kena McDaniel, Writer, Assistant Editor and Assistant Social Media Manager
“Elendor is a conglomerate of kingdoms that survived the disappearance of magic and the introduction of ancient deadly beasts, but must now weather a global war or risk being torn apart.”
That is the description of Picture this Post writer Kena McDaniel’s work-in-progress fantasy story. A burgeoning writer and an aspiring marketer, Kena has taken to publishing reviews and helping to manage this site’s social media. She double majors in English and communications at Berea college and works on her story while listening to music in her free time.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Ryou — Writer, Associate Arts Editor
Lisa Ryou is from a suburb of Chicago. Having lived near Chicago her whole life, she is no stranger to the creative scene of the city. She is currently studying History, Museum Studies, and Art at the University of Michigan. She has been involved in fine arts her whole life and tries to use her works, both art and writing, as a way to give voice to BIPOC. When she is not at school, you can find her baking, reading, painting, or taking photos.
Samantha Seevers - Assistant Editor-at-Large
Did Gatsby really love Daisy??
Was Frankenstein’s monster a product of society?
Self-described introvert Samantha Seevers likes to debate such topics, immerse in both classical and modern literature, write academic research papers and drill down into the nitty-gritty of why and how people actually enjoy talking. These are the real passions of this Ohio University senior, and the studies she turned to when she realized that professional drug dealing— a.k.a. being a pharmacist—isn’t really her style.
When she is not staring at her computer screen, Samantha often turns her attention to the unread books collecting dust on her shelf or daydreams about being a dog mom. Living in the middle of nowhere in rural Ohio has its perks as well, where Samantha enjoys taking drives through the country roads in her yellow Volkswagen Beetle named Emma, all while (terribly) singing along with her favorite songs.
Most of the 2021 previews you have read on Picture This Post have been touched by Samantha's golden editing pen. Picture This Post Editor Amy Munice describes Samantha as a rock star by any measure, and Ohio University agrees! Read about Ohio University's recent award to Samantha Seevers here.
Margaret Smith — Writer
Margaret Smith is a multi-genre writer, editor, and Americano enthusiast based out of Chicago. Having recently achieved her B.A. from Columbia College Chicago, she’s now been granted the time to fully enjoy the arts and cultural offerings around her—as well as pursue hobbies such as swimming and reading her way through her bookshelf.
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Sarah Stearn — Writer
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.
Isabella Sturgis — Writer
Isabella Sturgis is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing. A lifelong fan of the arts—from film to ballet to literature—Isabella is continuously searching for her next favorite piece or production. She hopes to pursue a career in public relations, journalism, or publishing and, if she’s lucky, even publish a book of her own. In her free time, you can find her reading David Sedaris or listening to the Cats soundtrack.
Nzinga Temu — Writer, Social Media Team
Novelists should know that Nzinga Temu is measuring you by what could be called The Goldfinch standard. She was 16 and ending an unusual reading drought caused by the demands of college applications and the like, when a friend gave her Donna Tartt’s prize winning novel. It’s a tome if measured by length; yet a gripping ride without a moment of drone by Nzinga’s measure.
When she’s on the other side of Howard University, expect Nzinga to apply this tough-act-to-beat standard to herself, as she delights the world with her first novel.
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.
Abby Utley — Writer
Abby Utley writes as a method of truth-seeking. Getting to the bottom of things is her prerogative, and so is keeping her music playlists fresh. Although she puts originality at the forefront of her written pieces, she finds the most inspiration after immersing herself in other art forms. When she's not writing, you may find her at the rock climbing gym, where she may take a break thirty minutes into her workout to write a satirical article. Finding humor where one may not expect is another one of Abby's prerogatives that allows her to think out of that stingy ole box that so many adults find themselves trapped in. She thinks tapping back into a childlike imagination is something all writers should work towards.
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.
Maddy Walters — New York Calendar Manager
Maddy Walters is a student at Pace University, studying marketing with a focus on advertising and special events. Upon receiving her BBA, she hopes to move to Los Angeles to pursue large-scale event planning. Maddy's favorite pastimes include cooking vegan meals for her friends and watching coming-of-age 90s movies.
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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