Contributors

Kathryn Adisman

Kathryn Adisman Bio

Natalie Allen

Natalie Allen was born and raised in New York City. After receiving a B.A. in Theatre and South East Asian Studies from SUNY Stony Brook she worked for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Acting Apprentice program. Since coming back to New York in 2010 Natalie has improvised at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and the Magnet Theatre. Natalie has been writing her whole life and is currently a contributor for the NY Guitar School blog as well as DesertedChildren: New York City Natives Speak blog. Natalie has been writing her own weblog, www.DailyRomps.com for over two years.

You can follow Natalie on twitter @natallen101

Raphael Badagliacca

Raphael Badagliacca’s entire career has been concentrated in the fields of computing, advertising and publishing. He is the founder of a founder of SpaceMaster, Inc., a software company with a product used by media companies around the world. He has written two books: Father’s Day: Encounters with Everyday Life (www.fathersdaybook.com) and The Yogi Poems and Other Celebrations of Local Baseball (www.yogipoems.com). He appeared at the Soho Playhouse in a one-man show based on his Father’s Day book. His second book inspired a workshop performance, “The Baseball Stories.” Readings of his stories have been heard on NPR. His very short plays, “GPS” and “GPS II” ran as part of Eclectic Shorts at Theater 54 in NYC. He performs his own work at many venues, including Monologues and Madness. His most recent stage performance was “The Gift” in Go Solo 2013. He teaches classes in storytelling for people and businesses. Books, movies and baseball are his primary interests. He invites anyone to visit his blog — www.booksflixmix.com or open Facebook group of the same name about books into movies, or to join his open Facebook Group — Baseball Passion. He writes a blog for the restaurant Knickerbocker Bar and Grill www.knicksaloon.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MrBottleOfVodka

Kathleen Campion

Kathleen Campion is a nationally recognized financial journalist with a gift for making the opaque in markets reporting transparent.  At Bloomberg News she was one of three managers who created Bloomberg’s broadcast and cable media.  She recently returned to an early specialty – arts reporting and reviewing for Front Row Center.

George Crowley

George Crowley Bio

Karin de la Penha

Karin de la Penha (www.KarindelaPenha.com) worked and trained professionally from the age of 8 in all areas of the performing arts in the US, UK, Europe, and Malaysia. By her 20s, it was time for another career. She tried, and had some success in, journalism—another profession where the supply was greater than the demand. So she changed direction, got an MSW from Hunter, and had a 10 year career as a psychotherapist in private practice. This was followed by a 10 year career as the original Artistic Director of Speaking of Stories, Santa Barbara’s version of Selected Shorts. During this tenure, the US Embassy commissioned her to mount Readers Theater in Kuala Lumpur as a post-911 outreach. Karin also co-founded Panto Productions, which produced three fully-staged professional Pantos. Journalistically, the Santa Barbara Independent published several reviews of shows Karin saw on visits to NYC and London, UK. In the past 10 years, she has returned to NYC, and committed herself to performing again. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and British Actors Equity.

Margret Echeverria

In the summer of 1978, while watching a performance of A Murder is Announced on the London stage, Margret fell in love with the theatre. Born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Margret came to New York City in 1994. She was cast in the company of Newmyn’s Nose Limitless Theatre Limited in the summer of 1995 and eventually became a member of the company’s board. Margret starred in the critically acclaimed and award winning short film Jigsaw Venus by Dean Capsalis in 2000 (Best Actress, Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival) and her film career was begun. She played the adorable Fag Hag, Audrey, in both A Four Letter Word (2007) as well as Violet Tendencies (2010), films by Casper Andreas and Jesse Archer. Always sentimental about performing for a live audience, Margret penned and performed Orangerie, a one-woman show exploring the subject of finding love while traveling non-traditional avenues, which premiered at the Bowery Poetry Club in November of 2005 and ran through the spring of 2006 to critical acclaim. Margret has appeared in sketch comedy scenes as Nurse Margret in P. Diddy’s television series, Making the Band; she says Puffy is a marvelous partner in improvisational comedy. Margret has a BFA in Acting from Rockford College and also studied acting at Regent’s College in London as well as Sally Johnson Studio here in New York City. Margret is a published poet. Margret now lives in Yonkers, NY with her husband, Bobby Cimorelli, and daughter, Alyson. Margret’s family survived the death of their son, Gavin, to SIDS in 2011. She is currently penning another one woman show.

Jervelle Frederick

Jervelle Frederick is a graduate of the Fame School (LaGuardia High School) where he studied music and took part in performances such as Hairspray as well as numerous Choral Concerts. At the age of fifteen Frederick made his Carnegie Hall debut with one of New York’s elite choirs Collegiate Choral. In October of 2010 Frederick returned to the Carnegie Hall stage to perform the New York premier of Rock Concerto by Alexander Markov.Carnegie Hall once again welcomed Frederick and the Collegiate Choral in April 2012 to perform The Mikado. In May 2011 he worked with Grammy Award winning jazz musician Arturo O’Farrill as a chorus member and gospel soloist featured in the premier of his piece “Still Small Voice” at Symphony Space. In 2011 Frederick started and finished his first novel and screen play. He has since been a mentee of Michael Mejias (Front Desk Administrator at Writers House/Playwright) and is working towards his debut novel. In the summer of 2013 he aided Mejias as the production intern of his play Ghetto Babylon at 59E59 Theaters.  Frederick currently studies journalism at Long Island University and writes for Seawanhaka (The school paper). He recently earned an interning position at Ebony Magazine.

Stanford Friedman

Stanford Friedman is the Senior Research Librarian for Conde Nast in New York City. With an MLS in Library Science from Rutgers and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia, Stan’s published works range from the technical to the abstract. He has written cover stories and reportage for Library Journal, poetry reviews for The New York Times Book Review, obituaries for The Times of London, over 200 cookbook reviews for Publishers Weekly, dozens of TV and theater reviews for New York Press, and is a contributor to the linguistics blog Visual Thesaurus. Prior to his current career, he worked a variety of theatrical odd jobs ranging from clerk at the Drama Book Shop to a roving Renaissance festival bloodletter to Special Effects Technician for the original Off-Broadway production of Little Shop of Horrors. Follow him on Twitter:@StanfordF

Stefie Gan

Stefie Gan recently received a BA from Barnard College. She has also taken courses in figure drawing, watercolor painting, and animation at SVA and the Art Students League. At Barnard, she finished her first animated short film titled A Day in Kuala Lumpur, a film documenting the lives of inhabitants of the city. She is currently writing a feature length screenplay. As a new reviewer for Front Row Center, she is craving for a good story and performance. A native New Yorker.

C. C. Garson

C. C. Garson Bio

Michael Hillyer

Michael Hillyer was an Associate Director at the 29th Street Rep, Blue Heron Theatre and the Wings Theatre Company, and has also directed in New York at Playhouse 91, Theatre For The New City, the William Redfield Theatre, the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, the Nat Horne Theatre and the Irish Arts Center. His long-running Off-Off cult hit at the American Renaissance Theatre, SLASHER, THE SPLATTER ROCK MUSICAL, was revived Off-Broadway at the Perry Street Theatre, and he has directed elsewhere at the John Drew Theatre, Millbrook Summer Playhouse, Thomaston Opera House, the Palace Theatres in Stamford, CT and Manchester, NH, as well as at Cornell, Columbia and Seton Hall Universities. Articles he has written about the theatre have appeared in Backstage and The Village Voice. Michael holds an MFA degree in Directing from Cornell, and is a long-time member of SDC.

Taffy Jaffe

Taffy Jaffe has worked as a stand up comic, and monologist.  She began her stage career performing original stand up and sketch comedy with “Hot Peaches”, a political cabaret group, both in New York and London.  She has also appeared in “The First Radical Humor Festival”, “Women in Humor Conference”, twice in Ensemble Studio Theater’s “October Fest”, “The Liar’s Show”,  Tommy Pryor’s “From Stoop to Nuts”,  The Metropolitan Room, “Ultra Vixen’s” at Reno Sweeney’s.

She regularly appears at Cornelia Street Cafe’s “Monologues and Madness”, and the Duplex.

She has produced and performed her own revues, featuring Joy Behar: “Rush Job”, “Sanity Fare”, “Party Line Revue” .

These revues were also performed at benefits for “Association for Artist Therapists”, The Marxist School, and the “Majority Report” newspaper.

She also produced and performed several revues “Let’s Talk Dirty” at the Cornelia Street Cafe.

She has told her stories at The Moth, and her lines were broadcast on their radio program.

She is thrilled to be writing theater reviews, her first love.

Carl Kissin

Carl Kissin performed more than 4000 shows for one of this country’s premier sketch and improvisational comedy groups, Chicago City Limits. He was the show’s head writer and director of their National Touring Company. In other acting venues, Carl performed at the Public Theatre in Eric Bogosian’s play Talk Radio and was in Oliver Stone’s movie version as the character Glenn.  He has performed his own material on the syndicated sketch comedy show “Kwik Witz,” The Joan Rivers Show, and “The Today Show.”

A three-time winner of the Manhattan Monologue Slam, Carl has written book and lyrics for the musicals, “Alone World,” (Winner: best book, lyrics – West Village Musical Theatre Festival 2011) and “Date of a Lifetime,” (Winner: Excellence in writing – lyrics – New York Musical Theatre Festival 2011). www.carlkissin.com

Alice Jane Klugherz

Alice Jane Klugherz Bio

Beth Laufer

Beth Laufer Bio

Gabrielle Maisels

Gabrille Maisels Bio

Elise Marenson

Elise Marenson performed in over 40 stage productions in her first career as an actor. One of her greatest and most valuable teachers was Uta Hagen. A native New Yorker, she has lived in London, Washington, Los Angeles, Geneva, and Paris, growing up bilingual. It was her childhood exposure to New York and London theater that inspired her choice of profession. Discovering later her calling as a writer, she now writes for theater, film, and TV. She wrote and directed Straight From The Rib with a cast of nine women who perform twenty-seven monologues. Her family play Going Upstairs won a Best Plays award at First Stage in Los Angeles. Her one-act Wide Blossoms was in Pen and Brush’s Best Plays of 2008. She is currently developing a full length play based on the one-act about America in the first decade of this century. She directed productions at the Abingdon Theatre, WorkShop Theater Company, Samuel French OOB Festival, New Center Stages, Strawberry Theatre Festival, Sounding Theater, Atlantic Theater School, Westbeth Theatre, The Triad, as well as numerous readings. She wrote and directed the short film Joanie and Amalia which earned jury mention at the International Short Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand. Two of her feature length screenplays have been optioned. She coaches screenwriting and has taught acting. Elise is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and NY Women in Film & Television.

Jessica N. Mastronardi

Jessica Mastronardi graduated from Providence College in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Jessica cannot recall a time when she wasn’t intrinsically drawn to the theatre. No show ever being too big or too small. Venturing outside of New York during her young adulthood to live in Providence and even Paris, France expanded Jessica’s perception of the theatre and what it truly means to “put on a show”. Each city injecting its own personal flair to the hall, stage, and even crowded street. As an aspiring writer, reviewing for Front Row Center allows Jessica to bond her two great loves in a way that (hopefully) helps fellow theatre enthusiasts decide what shows are worth seeing. To give a prospective audience member a glimpse of the experience through the eyes of a fellow fan. And she could not be more grateful.

Constance Rodgers

Constance Rodgers Bio

Flash Rosenberg

Flash Rosenberg is an “Attention Span for Hire” who draws, photographs, writes and performs. She was artist in residence for LIVE from the New York Public Library for 7 years where, she made live-drawings of literary discussions in real time to create animated “Conversation Portraits.” She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. Her weekly cartoon “FlashThink” was featured on the Intellectual Channel of Archetypes.com. Her animation for The Rascals’ “Once Upon a Dream” ran on Broadway. She is a Mainstage storyteller for The Moth, a regular performer in “Monologues and Madness” and a member of the poetry collective “brevitas.” She has been written up in The New Yorker, and her humorous solo performances have toured internationally. Flash Rosenberg Studio is a full service photography, moving picture, merriment and mischief factory. She lives with three turtles and infinite questions.

Lee Sachs

Lee Sachs has written short pieces for Premiere Magazine, Details and Metropolis. He has directed an award-winning short film (“Wild Sound”) and performed group and solo shows at Dixon Place, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Duplex, The Bottom Line, The Knitting Factory among other venues. Lee also curates the website The Museum of Marketing Madness (http://www.madnessmuseum.com) and is developing a new one man show called, “Borofsky In The Boardroom.” The show is a series of monologues and stories about his life as a creative artist disguised as an IT consultant in corporate America. (he is still trying to get out of that disguise.) His consulting business revolves around the arcane and dark arts of UX (User Experience), IA(Information Architecture), GUI (Graphical User Interfaces) and WTF.

His wife rescues cats and he lives with his wife and a lotta cats so if you want cats, please contact him immediately. @coolpillows

Sarah Tuft

Sarah is a writer for stage, TV and film. Her play 110 Stories has been performed at The Public Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and Nate Holden Performing Arts Center by actors including Ed Asner, Billy Crudup, the late Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edie Falco, the late James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hawkes, Katie Holmes, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Cynthia Nixon, Jeremy Piven, Susan Sarandon, John Turturro, Kathleen Turner and many others. Additional plays and one-acts include Awesome Big Somebody, Shoot Me, Laundry Day, True Hero and Me Tarzan with readings and workshops at 24 Hour Plays Readings at BAM, EST at Lexington, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays@9 and Makor Theatre. Her directing credits include The Eggnog Talking (Cherry Lane Theatre) Drama at the Point (Emerging Artists Theatre) and Mistress Syntax (Atlantic Theatre.) She’s written and directed short films Tide with Laurel Holloman (IFC, Hamptons Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, Lake Placid) and Closing Time with Callie Thorne (Clermont-Ferrand) as well as music videos (Kirtsy MacColl, Chris Whitley), TV promos and interstitials featuring Blythe Danner, Peter Bogdanovich, Parker Posey and others. Sarah is a member of Dramatists Guild, the founding member of DnA – a lab for directing actors – and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient. 110 Stories is published by Playscripts. Sarah’s work is also included in the collection, Actor’s Choice: Monologues for Women, Volume 2.

Stephanie Urdang

Bio

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