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Founded in 2009, TheaterJones seeks to fill the void in arts coverage left by the diminishing print media, and to expand coverage of the performing arts on the Web. Our goal as journalists and critics is to cover the North Texas performing arts scene—theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy and related media—as thoroughly and with as much energy, integrity, attitude and enthusiasm as mainstream broadcast and print media cover sports and politics.

We do this through reviews, features, news, essays, video, photography and opinion on a visually stimulating, clean and easily navigable website. In doing so, we provide a platform for arts journalists and critics to practice the craft of writing. Additionally, our site includes searchable event listings as a service to the arts community and to the arts-going consumer.

Our inspiration is theater legend Margo Jones (pictured), who helped start the regional theater movement in Dallas in the 1940s. Jones also inspired hundreds of professional regional theaters across the country. Read more about her in this Handbook of Texas Online bio, written by Helen Sheehy, author of the highly recommended biography Margo: The Life and Theatre of Margo Jones. You can also learn more about her from the KERA-produced documentary Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater.

We're always looking for ways to improve our product, so contact us if you have suggestions or thoughts. We are always looking for talented, knowledgeable writers who love the arts. If you're interested in joining our team, contact editor Mark Lowry (see email below). is a division of Metropolitan Arts Media, a 501(c)(3) organization.


Our review policy: We review professional and semi-pro performing arts events in North Texas, and while we don't make a habit of reviewing community theater and amateur performances, we will consider non-professional productions on a case-by-case basis. Also, we generally don't review musical theater performances that do not use live music.




Executive Director and Co-Founder: Michael Warner |

Executive Editor and Co-Founder: Mark Lowry |

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Contacts for contributors are in the bios below:

Mark Lowry
Executive Editor and Co-Founder

Mark was a staff writer and theater critic at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram from 1998 to 2008, where he also wrote about dance, opera, dining, music and pop culture. He was a proud drama geek in high school and studied theater in college before turning his focus to journalism at the University of Texas at Arlington. 

He is a member of the American Theater Critics Association. Since 2014, he has served on the ATCA Executive Board and on the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/New Play Award panel. Currently he is co-chair of the Membership Committee.

In 2003, he was selected for a fellowship at the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, for which he received a scholarship from the New York Times Foundation.

He co-founded TheaterJones in early 2009, and now serves as its editor-in-chief as well as the Executive Editor of Metropolitan Arts Media, the 501(c)(3) that runs TheaterJones and a forthcoming visual art website, He has written for the Dallas Voice, Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, FW Weekly, Auditoria, Love Wins Texas, Arts and Culture and other publications, and has been a frequent contributor to the Star-Telegram

In 2017, he was named one of 30 Movers and Shapers by Musical America International.

He lives in Oak Cliff with his husband, Jack, and three lab mixes, Cassie, Cordy and Cooper.

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Kevin Beane
Contributing Comedy Writer

Kevin Beane performs with Dallas-area troup Autocomplete and cohosts Quizprov with fellow Dallas comedy writer Danny Gallagher. His sports column, Slant Pattern, has been running for nearly 20 years at and was praised by the BBC. He likes eating, sleeping, board games, poker, euchre, and procrastinating. He hails from Akron, Ohio.


Trevor Boffone
Contributing Theater Writer

Trevor Boffone is a Houston-based scholar, educator, writer, dramaturg, and producer. He is a member of the National Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons and the founder of the 50 Playwrights Project. Trevor has a Ph.D. in Latinx theater and literature from the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston where he holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. He holds an MA in Hispanic Studies from Villanova University and a BA in Spanish from Loyola University New Orleans. He is coeditor with Chantal Rodriguez (Yale) and Teresa Marrero (University of North Texas) of the anthology ENCUENTRO: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater (May 2019, Northwestern University Press).

Cheryl Callon
Chief Dance Critic

Cheryl Callon holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University. Her extensive dance studies at SHSU took her beyond choreography and performance into the realms of technical production, research and administration. She danced with Kista Tucker Dance Company and SHSU Dance Company and has also worked behind the scenes as stage manager, concert director, box office manager, lighting and costume designer, costume crew and backstage crew.  Since 2008, she has been teaching at Collin College, including classes in dance appreciation, ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She is also a certified yoga teacher and instructs barre fitness classes.

J. Robin Coffelt
Contributing Music Writer

As a little girl, Robin fell in love with words first and music soon after, and is delighted to be able to combine both her favorite things as a music writer for TheaterJones. Robin has a B.A. in English from Baylor University, and an M.A. in Literature and Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of North Texas, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of English. Robin began studying violin at age eight, and currently plays in the Flower Mound Symphony, a community orchestra. Robin also is a yoga teacher and practitioner, a rock climber and mom to three dogs.


Katie Dravenstott
Contributing Dance Writer

Katie Dravenstott is a dance teacher and freelance dance writer based in Dallas. Her work has been published in Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit and Dancer magazine. She also manages her own blog and contributes articles on the studio scene to the Dance Council of North Texas quarterly publication, DANCE! North Texas.


Jan Farrington
Contributing Theater Writer

Jan Farrington is a freelance writer and editor based in Fort Worth. She was for many years an editor and contributing writer for a publishing house in Chicago, working on educational magazines including Writing! and Current Health. Jan was a contributing writer on a five-book history series for Contemporary Books, The Amazing Century, and an editor/contributor to college texts (Contemporary Stage Directing and Understanding the Film) for Holt Rinehart and Winston and National Textbook Company. She is the winner of nine “EdPress” awards for excellence in educational journalism.
Jan graduated from the University of Dallas with a degree in English literature (plus lots of theater classes!), and earned a journalism master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. Her passionate interest in arts journalism dates to those years in Chicago, when the local theater scene was in full flower. (“Steppenwolf and St. Nicholas theaters were starting up, David Mamet was writing for the local stages, and for a $5 ticket you could see tremendous performances from John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, William H. Macy—great days.”)
She dates her theater bug back to childhood, when she ran lines with her father for his role in a Fort Worth production of Christopher Fry’s Sleep of Prisoners. More recently, she has acted as an arts journalism writing coach for her daughter Kate, the resident dramaturg (and artistic associate) for The Pearl Theatre Company, an off-Broadway classical rep group now in its 29th season. Jan is delighted to be writing about the North Texas theater scene.

Janice L. Franklin
Contributing Music and Theater Writer

Janice is Coordinator for Humanities, and professor of Humanities and Music at Mountain View College. She earned a Ph.D. in Humanities – Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, and her B.M. and M.A. in Music (piano performance) from Stephen F. Austin State University. Trained as a classical pianist, her career path veered unexpectedly into musical theater, and then into jazz and cabaret. This path also included composition, scoring, arranging, and vocal coaching actors. She has an extensive background as a musical director working in theatre in Texas and New York. Her résumé includes work in the non-profit arts management sector, and service on several Boards of Directors. She has channeled her love for research and storytelling into working as dramaturge. Janice is a writer of fiction, preferring the short story form.

Jessica Fritsche
Contributing Theater Writer

Jessica Fritsche is a Dallas-based freelance writer and editor who has been involved in the local arts scene since her days at Southern Methodist University, where she studied music and theater while obtaining her degree in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. She got her start as a journalist writing for niche industry publications and expanded into arts as the theater writer for D Magazine. Jessica has also served as a fiction editor for literary magazines and small presses and was the founding managing editor of Connote Magazine, a business publication for marketing executives. An accomplished singer, Jessica studied voice for 12 years and has performed throughout Dallas as a solo artist and in choral groups such as the Women's Chorus of Dallas.


Jay Gardner
Theatrical Recording Reviewer

Jay Gardner is an actor and singer working in opera, musical theater and cabaret. He regularly performs with the Dallas Opera Chorus and teaches Musical Theater Performance and Commercial Voice at Collin College. An accomplished ceramic artist, Jay teaches throwing and hand building at The Craft Guild of Dallas. His ceramic work can be seen here

Frank Garrett
Contributing Theater Writer

Writer and translator Frank Garrett holds a PhD in philosophy and literary theory from the University of Texas at Dallas. He trained as a translator at UTD's Center for Translation Studies and at Philipps-Universität Marburg after earning advanced certification in Polish philology from the Catholic University of Lublin. His work appears in 3:AM Magazine, Black Sun Lit, Minor Literature[s], Spurl Editions, and Transitions Online. Outpost19 published his translation of Robert Rient's memoir Witness in 2016. He blogs at and tweets from @limmoraliste. Frank lives in Dallas with his husband.

Wayne Lee Gay
Contributing Classical Music and Musical Theater Writer

Wayne Lee Gay has covered classical music and opera in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for decades, and was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1990. He holds degrees in music history and musicology from Baylor University and the University of Iowa, and holds the doctorate in creative writing from the University of North Texas. In addition to his activity as a critic and commentator on classical music, his fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Best Gay Stories 2011 and the Weight of Addition anthology of Texas poets. He is a past recipient of first prize of the Saints and Sinners LGBT Literary Festival fiction competition, the Frank O’Connor Award for short fiction, and the David Saunders Award for Creative Nonfiction, as well as awards for commentary and criticism from the Dallas Press Club and the Texas Association of Associated Press Managing Editors. He currently teaches in the English department at the University of Texas at Arlington. He dances as often as possible at the Roundup Saloon country-western dance hall in Dallas.

Danielle Georgiou
Contributing Dance Writer and Columnist

Danielle Georgiou is a choreographer, dancer, director, writer, and educator based in Dallas, TX. Danielle is the Founder/Artistic Director of the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG), a dance theatre group that works within the ideas of contemporary dance and physical theatre. DGDG’s work has been performed throughout Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Oregon, and was recently voted Best Dance Troupe by the Dallas Observer. DGDG’s 2015 production, The Show About Men, was named Best New Play/Musical and cited for Outstanding Creative Contribution for Choreography by the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards; NICE (2014), which premiered as part of AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project, also won for Choreography. Danielle is the Program Coordinator for Dance at Eastfield College, where she has been developing an entry-level dance training program for students. Danielle has written for The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas ObserverDance/USA, and is currently a contributor to KERA's Art&Seek and TheaterJones. In addition to contributing interviews and features to TheaterJones, Danielle writes a column focusing on issues in dance called The Sixth Position. Learn more about Danielle and DGDG at



Robert Hart
Staff Photographer

Robert Hart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo editor who has worked as a photojournalist, editor and corporate media executive for the past 30 years. His photographs have been published in every major newspaper in America as well as several national magazines. Robert's team received the 2001 Editor & Publisher award for Best Special Section in a Newspaper Online Service for's "Toxic Traps." Robert won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his work on The Dallas Morning News team project "Violence Against Women." He is currently a member of the journalism faculty at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches Digital Photojournalism.

Robert was Associate Editor of, Managing Director of, a picture editor at The Dallas Morning News a former city editor at The Arlington Morning News and Director of Photography at The Times-Picayune. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Texas at Arlington. Robert is married to the beautiful and brilliant Mary Ann Hart and they have two sons, Michael and Jesse, who are both professional dancers in NYC.


Martha Heimberg
Contributing Theater Writer

Martha Heimberg has been writing about theater, the arts and historic preservation for over 30 years for numerous Texas newspapers and magazines, including Dallas Weekly, D Magazine and Texas Monthly. She currently writes a weekly theater column for Turtle Creek News. She has won awards from the Dallas Press Club and the Texas Historic Commission, and is a founding member of the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. She coordinates DART’s Poetry in Motion program, and serves on the WordSpace board. Her degrees in English and comparative literature are from Southern Methodist University. 


Shelby-Allison Hibbs
Contributing Theater Writer and Columnist

Shelby-Allison Hibbs is a Dallas-based teaching artist, playwright, director, performer and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. In addition to contributing interviews and features to TheaterJones, she writes a column focusing on new work, called Work in Progress. Learn more about Hibbs at


Gregory Sullivan Isaacs
Contributing Classical Music and Opera Writer

Gregory is a professional musician and music journalist who has held numerous musical directorships of opera, choral and symphonic organizations. In 2009, he was honored by being chosen as a fellow for the sixth annual NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Classical Music and Opera.

Other honors include a Pulitzer Prize nomination in composition, a Peabody award for performance, and an ASCAP award for his commitment to American Music. He holds a Master's degree in music from the prestigious music program at Indiana University in Bloomington. He also writes for other publications such as Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Voice. He is a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and ASCAP.


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Lindsay Alissa King
Contributing Dance and Theater Writer

Lindsay Alissa King grew up in the Dallas area but spent many years living elsewhere before returning to Dallas. Lindsay has a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. Her research concerns the history of Jewish masculinity in dance and theater criticism and journalism. She currently works as a freelance writer and editor for arts initiatives in the Dallas area and beyond, and she reports on global dance news for the docu-series Ballet Rising. She is currently an adjunct instructor, and she is also passionate about expanding historical and arts education. She is involved in several projects that are designed to achieve this goal. Her work for these projects ranges from online curation, program planning to enrich arts and humanities networks, and writing for a research center that aims to introduce historical thinking to policymakers.

Kelly Kirkendoll
Food Columnist

Kelly Kirkendoll is the TheaterJones food columnist and writes restaurant reviews for our new Dinner and a Show feature. A PR pro by day and DFW food blogger by night, Kelly is a writer, recipe developer, food photographer and performing arts enthusiast. She started her blog Kitchen Gone Rogue in 2017 and is currently the #1 Dallas food blogger on Zomato. Learn more about Kelly at and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Rob Laney
Contributing Music Writer

Rob Laney directs, teaches, and blogs about every kind of music. As Music Department Chair at Weatherford College he guides students to a richer musical future. As Director of Music at South Hills Christian Church he points the way to higher and deeper relationships through music. Rob is a son and grandson of teachers and a choral musician since the day his Sunday school teacher asked him to lead the other children in "Happy Birthday." Because music lessons are life lessons, Rob encourages his choirs and students to listen more closely to the music around them and to each other. Because learning more about music one can understand more about their place in the world, Rob’s motto for the value of music education is "Be Hear Know." A Dallas native, Fort Worth resident and Texas Christian University alumnus, Rob spends the rests in his musical life with his beautiful wife and son.

Joel Leggett
Contributing Theater and Cabaret Writer

Joel Leggett has a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and spent his youth studying and performing at the Studio Theater and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. He has been a Dallas native since the early nineties and is an IT Professional for a multinational bank. He spends his spare time singing karaoke and belting out tunes on Monday nights at the Balcony Club. He can also be found driving the side streets of Texas on his Royal Enfield motorcycle.


Betsy Lewis

Betsy Lewis holds an MFA in Arts & Technology from UT Dallas. She studied acting at Neighborhood Playhouse in NYC and playwriting with Edward Albee at the University of Houston. As a visual artist, her videos and projections have shown in Texas at CASP FEST, Bring Your Own Beamer Cedars, Innerspace Gallery, and Texas Vignette, as well as on Funny Or Die. As part of the Intersect art collective, her videos were seen at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Dallas Contemporary. As a public media producer, she contributed video and audio pieces to KERA’s Art & Seek, then freelanced as a visual art critic and writer for the Dallas Observer and Glasstire. She is a Capricorn, surprising no one.


Laurie Lynn Lindemeier
Contributing Features Writer

Laurie Lynn Lindemeier has written and performed all her life, most recently as an arts/culture blogger on Visit Fort Worth. Lindemeier is a fulltime medical editor but dedicates evenings to her memoir and blogs. She grew up in a musical family on a Minnesota farm and as first-generation college grad, has studied and performed both locally and abroad. Lindemeier was an exchange student at the University of Exeter, U.K., where she did the lead in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. After college, Lindemeier was a nanny in Germany’s Black Forest region. In Florida, she performed leads with the Ensemble and Surfside Theaters in Cocoa Beach. In Texas, Lindemeier sang leads with the Texas Gilbert Sullivan Society, Opera on Tap, and the Brookhaven College Opera Workshop. Lindemeier loves traveling—last year was Paris and this year will be Ireland.

Lindemeier has been a Dallas Morning News community voice writer, a travel blogger on DMagazine and a singer with the Dallas, Fort Worth Opera, and Deep Ellum opera companies. In her blog: LLLopera, Lindemeier includes her photos, paintings and sketches. Lindemeier is a contract singer at the Cathedral of Hope and lives in Uptown Dallas with her cat and grand piano.


M. Lance Lusk
Chief Shakespeare Critic and Contributing Theater Writer

M. Lance Lusk studied and acted at St. John’s College in Annapolis (the “great books” school), where he was a member of the King William’s Players, The Colonial Players, and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (players).  Lance earned a graduate degree from the University of Dallas in the Institute of Philosophic Studies where he acted in as many Shakespeare productions as his studies allowed. Some of Lance’s favorite roles are Job in The Book of Job; Hector in Troilus and Cressida, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, and most importantly, his continuing rom-com role as a hapless husband, and sitcom dad to two brilliant sons. Lance is currently a doctoral student in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a great fan of baseball, the Bard, flavorful brews, British motorcycles, and the Oxford comma. Lance has written for TheaterJones and D Magazine, and then TheaterJones again. 

Keith Mankin
Contributing Music Writer

Keith Mankin was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. and grew up in Boston, Mass. After being a quintessential drama geek in high school, he was an inveterate singer in college, helping to establish the Harvard Din & Tonics a cappella singing group. After graduation, he detoured into medicine and practiced pediatric orthopaedic surgery for nearly 25 years in Boston and Raleigh, N.C. Upon his recent move to Dallas and his retirement from clinical practice, he has returned to art and music, through singing with Arts District Chorale and writing extensively. He is the author of seven short novels, four children’s books, several works of poetry and a textbook on orthopaedic diseases. He has also edited and assisted in the memoirs of both his father and his mother-in-law. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and two very senior pug dogs.

Amy Martin
Contributing Comedy and Circus Writer

Amy Martin stayed up late to watch Johnny Carson as a child and has been a comedy addict ever since, living proof that an hour-a-day minimum dose of comedy keeps you sort of sane. She included comedy as part of her beat at the Dallas Observer, where she originated the music coverage. At the Dallas Times Herald she made her mark as a comedy critic and eclectic arts reviewer, and was the first journalist outside of Houston to cover legendary comedian Bill Hicks.

A journalist with a yen for variety, Martin has done environmental journalism at The Dallas Morning News and national magazine Garbage, served as commentator and substitute talk-show host at KERA, and now writes weekly for The Dallas Morning News interfaith blog Texas Faith.

Regarded by many as the "Moonlady," ( Martin operates a 3200+ member online news service and website for North Texas called Moonlady News, covering non-mainstream spirituality, holistic, nature and progressive communities. As executive director of Earth Rhythms, Martin presented seasonal events for 20 years, including Winter SolstiCelebration, along with concerts by national spiritual musicians such as Deval Premal and R Carlos Nakai.

Teresa Marrero
Contibuting Theater Writer

Teresa Marrero (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine and currently Professor of Latin American and Latina/o Theater, Department of Spanish, University of North Texas) is a scholar, fiction writer, playwright, theater director and avid Argentine tango dancer. Born in Havana, Cuba, she is the author of the short story collection Entre la Argentina y Cuba: Cuentos nómadas de viajes y tangos/ Between Argentina and Cuba, Nomad Stories of Travels and Tangos (Buenos Aires, 2009).  In 2010 her Spanish language play, La familia, premiered in Dallas at the Bathhouse Cultural Center with Cambalache Teatro en Español. She has directed several plays , including Nilo Cruz’s challenging Lorca in a Green Dress. With Caridad Svich, she co-edited the anthology of plays Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance (TCG, 2000). Her essays in books include: Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America, Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad , Latinas on Stage, Conducting a Life: a Tribute to María Irene Fornés , The State of Latino Theater in the United States,  and recently Theatre & Performance in Small Nations (Intellect,  2013). She is a member of TANTO (Teatro Alianza of North Texas Organizations). 

Richard Oliver
Contributing Music Writer

Richard is a recent Dallas transplant with a background in opera, musical theater, and journalism. With a BFA in opera from the UC College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, his performance background includes stints with the Cincinnati Opera, the Minnesota Opera, and various churches throughout the Midwest. He now works as a vocal coach and instructor at the Dallas Academy of Music and Performing Arts, where he also teaches classes in musical theater.

He also holds a BA in journalism from the University of Cincinnati and a MA in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University. After working as a reporter and arts writer for The Cincinnati Enquirer, he worked as a freelance journalist for five years, covering topics ranging from the arts to local politics.

Richard also served as the lead singer and front-man for a folkloric/neo-R&B band in Minneapolis for several years, and now, in his spare time, he writes, records, and produces his own original music as a solo recording artist.

Jason Philyaw
Contributing Comedy Writer

Jason Philyaw is a writer in Dallas. He has been typing words into sentences into paragraphs professionally for 17 years. He writes frequently about the comedy scene in Dallas. He's worked as an editor for Dow Jones Newswires in New York and a reporter for The Bond Buyer newspaper in Dallas. He also has been a copy editor for a mortgage finance  magazine in Plano and has covered high school sports as a stringer for The Dallas Morning News since 2008. Most recently, he has worked as a content marketing provider for various newspapers, websites and public relations firms in Dallas, although he's not entirely sure what that actually entails. In early 2015, he moved with his wife and three preschoolers to Richardson from Oak Cliff because he isn't hip enough anymore. The minivan was the last straw.


Erin Ratigan
Contributing Theater Writer

Erin is a freelance journalist specializing in feature and news writing. On top of writing for TheaterJones she is a contributor for The Metro Report and Fort Worth Weekly. She has won multiple journalism awards at the state and national level, including from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the Headliners Foundation of Texas. With training in opera, ballet, tap and theater, Erin brings her love of storytelling and the arts together in her work for TheaterJones. When she’s not writing Erin can be found tending to her garden, drinking tea, collecting books and watching British television.

Cathy Ritchie
Special Contributor and Book Review Curator

Cathy Ritchie began reading at age 2 and saw her first Broadway show (The Music Man, starring Bert Parks) at age 5. Recently retired as Acquisitions Librarian for the Dallas Public Library, she's a passionate performing arts-lover and has been reading, and growing teary-eyed at curtain calls, ever since. A proud native Chicagoan raised in New York City, she majored in English at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and spent her adult years in Minneapolis and central Illinois before coming to Dallas in 2000. Her writing career began with all those childhood holiday/birthday gift thank-you notes, and she has reviewed for the websites of the Dallas Public Library, Theatre Library Association, and the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table, plus other publications, and has contributed feature articles and Broadway reviews to TheaterJones since 2015. In her spare time, Cathy knits scarves for charity and devoutly wishes she could sing.

Emily Sese
Contributing Dance Writer

Emily Sese began dancing at the age of five in her hometown of Clarkston, Michigan. Over the years, she studied ballet, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, improvisation, choreography, and modern dance. After high school, she attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI where she graduated with a B.A. in English and a B.A. dance. Post-graduation, she continued to engage in her passion for dance by submitting her choreography to festivals such as the Detroit Dance Race and also working as the Company Manager for the Michigan dance company Take Root. Furthering her education at Texas Woman’s University, she learned to merge her love of writing and research with her interest in movement and earned her M.A. in dance in 2017. Currently, Sese is an adjunct instructor in the dance department at Tarrant County College where she teaches dance appreciation, modern, and ballet. 


Gordon K. Smith
Contributing Film Writer

Gordon K. Smith is a Dallas-based writer, filmmaker, film historian, critic and lifelong movie geek with a BA from Texas Tech University. He was one of the first and longest employees of Blockbuster Entertainment, where, among other things, he wrote all those little blurbs on the back of the VHS boxes you took home. As a film and television historian, he did research for the AMC Network interview shows Reflections On the Silver Screen and Movies 101, as well as documentaries for the A&E and Lifetime Channel networks.  His work in reviving the 1962 cult film Carnival of Souls resulted in a 1990 interview on National Public Radio. Gordon’s adventures in performing arts include being levitated on a couch by David Copperfield, three years as a late-night TV horror host in Florida, and a cameo in 2015’s Don’t Look in the Basement 2.

Jill Sweeney
Contributing Theater Writer

Jill Farrington Sweeney is a Fort Worth native, but spent most of the last decade living in New York, so she’s so glad to have the chance to get to know the local arts scene (again). After four years spent essentially living in her high school theater, she graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Dallas (after briefly considering a double major pursuing English and Drama, life intervened), and then obtained her JD at St. John’s University School of Law. Jill’s day job is working as the Policy Director for a local government agency helping guide policy that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She was fortunate enough to grow up in a theatre-loving family—Jill’s mother, Jan Farrington, is also a contributing writer for TheaterJones, and her sister Kate is a dramaturg and teaches theater as an adjunct professor at three New York City universities—and feels honored to have the chance to write about her passions.

Gina Weber
Contributing Theater Writer

Gina Weber is a PhD candidate in the Doctor of Liberal Studies program, Arts Management, at Southern Methodist University. She is a consultant working to improve the management and efficiency of art organizations. Gina volunteers for several local theaters, as well as at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, RAICES, and for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas. She previously worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, managing environmental programs, conducting international diplomacy, and the effective allocation of a multi-million-dollar budget addressing environmental and public health issues along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brian Wilson
Contributing Theater Writer

Brian Wilson is the co-founder of the Combat and Classics seminar series and podcast, a St. John's College program.  You can learn more about Combat and Classics here. You can follow him on twitter: @brianpcf.

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