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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. 

Please write to editor@picturethispost.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. 

Joe Barabe
Joe Barabe

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.

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Francesca Baron
Francesca Baron

Francesca Baron — Writer: Dance, Film, Books

Francesca Baron is a freelance Chicago based choreographic + performing artist. Graduating cum laude with dual degrees in Dance and Psychology from Lindenwood University. Francesca is drawn to dance because it allows for dynamic expression through the instrument of one’s body. Making it a priority to travel and train in leading modern/contemporary dance forms, Francesca has attended The American Dance Festival (NC), One Body, One Career intensive (Amsterdam, NL), FACT S/F workshop (CA), New Dialect intensive (TN), LINK Dance Festival (UT), and Detroit Dance City Festival (MI), as well as many Chicago festivals and intensives. She has also been commissioned to create works for Inaside Chicago Dance, Esoteric Dance Project, New Dances 2019, and Lindenwood University. Currently, she is a company member of Still Inspired(?) as they prepare for their sixth season.

Learn more about Francesca at Francesca Baron website

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Nell Beck
Nell Beck

Nell Beck — Associate Editor: Arts

Nell Beck is a rising senior at Oberlin College, where she is pursuing a BA in English. At school, she is co-editor of the literary nonfiction magazine and eats in a dining co-op. Raised in Montclair, New Jersey, she is passionate about books, art, and writing. Looking ahead, she hopes to pursue an arts-related career, travel a lot, and become a better baker.

READ Nell Beck PICTURE THIS POST ARTICLES HERE.

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.

Ryan Davis

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.

READ PICTURE THIS POST STORIES BY RYAN DAVIS 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
 
Connor Grehan
Connor Grehan

Connor Grehan — Assistant Cinema Editor

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.

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Yoo Jung Hah
Yoo Jung Hah

Yoo Jung Hah — Editorial Associate: Global Arts

Yoo Jung Hah is a recent History graduate from the University of Chicago. Originally from South Korea, Yoo Jung has worked in education nonprofits in Chicago and a public advocacy nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. During her free time, she enjoys attending cultural and art events, painting, and cooking.

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Caryn Hoffmann
Caryn Hoffman

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.

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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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Dr. Renae Lapin
Dr. Renae Lapin

Dr. Renae Lapin — Writer

Dr. Renae Lapin, LMFT shares her expertise with readers of Picture this Post from the lens of a trauma specialist, drawing from her forty-year career as a Family Therapist. She has helped thousands of individuals and families achieve their goals towards a more satisfying life with greater fulfillment in relationships and less stress in navigating day to day life. Taking her expertise out of the therapy room and into her written reviews for Picture This Post, Dr. Renae aims to challenge you to think differently, inspire you to feel differently and support you in taking new actions as you move forward in your life.

Traveling is one of Dr. Renae’s greatest passions, having visited almost all of the fifty states in the US and several dozen countries. She also enjoys hiking in National Parks as well as exploring city and rural culture, history, architecture and art.

Dr. Renae Lapin, LMFT currently maintains a private therapy practice in Boca Raton, Florida. See her teen
advice column: “ASK DR RENAE” published monthly in The Parklander Magazine. For more information
about Dr. Renae, view her business facebook @ASKDRRENAE and website Askdrrenae

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Sabrina Lee
Sabrina Lee

Sabrina Lee — Associate Dance Editor

Sabrina Lee is a sophomore at Hofstra University pursuing a B.A. in Journalism. Raised in Orange County, California, she has been a gymnast, dancer, and coach. In her free time, she loves watching movies, eating Korean food, and practicing her poker skills. Sabrina's favorite place to be is in the audience of a Broadway show.

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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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Lauren Lynch PHOTO BY SYDNEY SAUNDERS

Lauren Lynch — Writer

Lauren Lynch is a Chicago-based theatremaker by night and education administrator by day. She has undergraduate degrees in Theatre and English from Austin Peay State University and an MFA in Arts Administration from Texas Tech University. When she's not at work or seeing/creating theatre, you can find her enthusiastically playing board games with friends or stealing cuddles from her dog, Harry Pupper.

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Theressa Malone

Theressa Malone

Theressa Malone is a writer / recent Comparative Literature and German graduate from the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from New Zealand, she is dipping her feet into the publishing industry with the hopes of making Kiwi works known. She has worked in various small publications in the Bay Area, but mainly she just likes to read.

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Amy Munice

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.

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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.

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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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Lisa Ryou

Lisa Ryou — Writer

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.

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Margaret Smith PHOTO BY MIKE RUNDLE

Margaret Smith - Managing Editor

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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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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Tonika Todorova

Tonika Todorova — 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.

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Fiona Warnick
Fiona Warnick

Fiona Warnick — Editorial Associate: Books; Dance

Fiona Warnick is a Creative Writing major at Oberlin College.  She has dabbled in ballet and theater, and speaks semi-passable French.  Born and raised near Amherst, Massachusetts, she enjoys reading middle grade fiction and hiking in her spare time.  She is trying to get better at Scrabble.

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Spence Warren
Spence Warren PHOTO: ADAM BLASZKIEWICZ

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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPENCE WARREN- READ "365 WAYS TO KILL AN AMERICAN Preview– Meet Spence Warren, Accidental Director of Photography"

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