Staff

Kobi Kassal

Editor-in-Chief & President
@kkassal
kobi@theatrely.com

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

Jordanna Brody

CEO
jordanna@theatrely.com

Originally from South Florida, Jordanna Brody graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre Education and Performance in 2019. Her experience teaching, performing, directing, and working behind the scenes informs her perspective on theatre in every way. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices and innovative theatrical experiences.

Max Sauberman

VP of Growth Strategy & Operations
@MaxSauberman
max@theatrely.com

Max is a NYC resident with experience touring the world as a performing artist and producing world premiere musicals. He’s an alumnus of Yale College with recent professional experience in strategy consulting at Bain & Company and managing strategy & analytics at Whisps. He couldn’t be more excited for the continued growth of the Theatrely brand.

Dan Meyer

Managing Editor
@DMeyerNews
dan@theatrely.com

Dan joins Theatrely after previously serving as an Assistant Editor at Playbill. His favorite musicals are fast, historical, and witty, like Six, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd. He likes his plays dark and funny.

Juan A. Ramirez

Chief Critic and Columnist
@itsNumberJuan

Juan A. Ramirez writes arts and culture reviews, features, and interviews for publications in New York and Boston, and will continue to do so until every last person is annoyed. Thanks to his MA in Film and Media Studies from Columbia University, he has suddenly found himself the expert on Queer Melodrama in Venezuelan Cinema, and is figuring out ways to apply that.

Andy Lefkowitz

Editor at Large
@AndyLefkowitz

Andy is thrilled to join Theatrely, having previously served as managing editor of TheaterMania and news editor at Broadway.com. A graduate of Ithaca College and NYU, Andy hails from Northern Connecticut, where he spent his childhood reading every book he could find about Broadway. When he's not taking in a live performance, Andy loves curling up with a juicy memoir.

Zack Reiser

Senior Editor
@ZackReiser
zack@theatrely.com

Zack Reiser has a passion for theatre, cooking, and music. With professional experience in various roles in the Broadway community, he could tell you how theatre works from the front of the house to the back of the stage. He’s been with the Theatrely team since 2019.

Alan Koolik

Editor

Alan is currently a student at UCLA School of Law. Prior to this, he was an analyst for Jujamcyn Theaters and an off-Broadway producer. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, he was on staff for the student newspaper, the Spectator.

Amanda Marie Miller

Senior Features Contributor
@17AmandaMarie

Amanda Marie Miller is an NYC-based writer and creative with an interest in pop culture and new work development. Amanda is from Kansas City and loves to talk about fan engagement and her most recent playlists. You can typically find her hosting bar trivia or searching for an iced americano.

Lara McCallister

Senior Staff Writer

Lara McCallister is a long time theatre lover from St. Petersburg, FL. She was a regular on a weekly radio show for Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston). Her articles and reviews for Theatrely have been featured in Playbill and Broadway World. If you have a new show, got a big break, or just want to chat theatre, Lara wants to hear from you!

Nolan Boggess

Marketing Coordinator
@NolanBoggess

Nolan Boggess is a theatre director living in Boston. Originally from Iowa, Nolan’s theatre obsession began with the VHS of Cats and one too many productions of The Music Man. A graduate of Grinnell College, Nolan recently worked at the Public Theater in NYC and is currently devising theatre for a history museum. He is so thrilled to be apart of the Theatrely team - say hi to him on social media!

Brandon Schwartz

Video Producer
@bwaybrandon

Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Brandon Schwartz is a multi-disciplinary creative, with experience as a theatre producer, journalist, videographer, marketer, and performer. He holds a BA in Creative Industries from Toronto Metropolitan University, and previously contributed to the Broadway Briefing and Broadway News.

Emily Hulbert

Marketing and Press Associate

Emily Hulbert, a New Jersey native, grew up frequenting the theatre either as a part of the show or as an audience member. Now, she is a theatre marketer and photographer. A recent graduate of Penn State, she can be found rooting for her favorite team or sparking up creative conversation with other theatremakers. Emily is thrilled to be joining the Theatrely team in such a tumultuous time for theatre like 2021!

Katie Dye

Contributing Writer

Katie Dye is based in London and has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida, a JD from Tulane Law School, and is currently working on an MA in Arts and Cultural Management from King’s College London. Perhaps more importantly, she started her entertainment career as a theatre tech at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show and has since amassed nearly a decade of experience in the industry in tech, talent, legal, front of house, and ice rink maintenance capacities.

Meg Masseron

Contributing Writer
@megmasseron

Meg Masseron is a theatre journalist based in New York City, and a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she studied Digital Journalism and Theatre History. She’s passionate about theatre criticism, body positivity, accessibility and disability advocacy, musicals that debuted between 1980 and 1995, intersectional feminism, and $1 drink nights at Applebee’s. She tends to write about all of these things, save for the Applebee’s cocktails.

Kaitlyn Riggio

Contributing Writer
@KaitlynRiggio
http://www.kaitlynriggio.com

Kaitlyn Riggio is a Staff Writer for Theatrely currently located in Boston. Kaitlyn is a student at Boston University studying Journalism and Cinema and Media Studies. She can be located at www.kaitlynriggio.com.

Caroline Giovannucci

Contributing Writer
@CAROLof_thebell

Originally from Boston, Caroline currently resides in London, taking full advantage of having the West End right at her doorstep. Her love of theatre was ignited at age thirteen when she landed the lead role of “Rosie” in her school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie. Caroline is an avid Queen fan, fencer, mac and cheese enthusiast, and Veronica Mars aficionado.

Jamey Miller

Contributing Writer

Jamey Miller is a Massachusetts-native with a love for all things theatre, television, and film. With professional experience in directing, casting, and producing for both the stage and screen, he is your go-to guy for any Broadway/Hollywood overlap - whether it be another Patti LuPone cameo in a Ryan Murphy series or the annual Wicked movie announcement that inevitably falls through. He's written reviews, press releases, and op-eds for Theatrely (formerly known as Theatre Talk Boston) since 2019.

Jacob Rivera-Sanchez

Contributing Writer
@jacobrivsan

Based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Jacob has had experience across multiple facets of theatre production onstage, backstage, and as a board member-at-large for local regional/community theatres. He currently works full-time as the admin/designer/marketer for a private university theatre department, is an Actors' Equity membership candidate, and a freelance graphic designer. His passions include all things Broadway, TV/film, and Disney (its own separate category).

Noah Pattillo

Contributing Writer
@noahpattillo

Originally from Southern California, Noah packed it up and relocated to the East Coast in 2014 to pursue a degree in theatre at Emerson College. He moved to New York in 2018 and has zero intention of leaving. Noah has a strong interest in Shakespeare and in opera and aspires to direct queer interpretations. His goal is to get booed off the stage at the Metropolitan Opera. In his spare time he can be found baking out of the Claire Saffitz cook book, reading, or sleeping.

Nathan Pugh

Contributing Writer
@nathanpugh_3

Nathan Pugh is a writer, culture critic, and essayist based in the Washington, D.C. area. Nathan graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Theater and English (concentration in race/ethnicity), where he also served as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Wesleyan Argus. Pugh’s work strives to explore how intersectional identities are staged, with his current long-form writing focusing on Black gay playwrights from Virginia.

Juan Michael Porter II

Contributing Writer
@juanmichaelii

Juan Michael Porter II is a Black gay man living with HIV in the middle of Brooklyn. He is the staff writer of TheBody.com. His bylines include SF Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, Did They Like It?, NY Observer, Time Out NY, American Theatre Magazine, TDF Stages, and SYFY Wire. He is a National Critics Institute and Poynter Power of Diverse Voices fellow, and the first Black man to sit on the Drama Desk Awards' nominating committee.

Paul Art Smith

Contributing Writer
@PaulArtSmith

Growing up 15 minutes away from Disneyland, Paul Art Smith now resides 15 minutes away from Broadway, where he can often be found with a playbill in hand at one of its many theaters. When not at a show, like this past year and a half, he can be found watching movies (most likely The Social Network), watching TV shows (most likely Schitt’s Creek) and drinking a Diet Coke. He recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan earning his bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts with a minor in Digital Journalism. If you’re ever looking to have an endless conversation with Paul, feel free to bring up any major entertainment awards ceremony and you’re set.

Alexi Chacon

Contributing Writer
@Alexic213

Alexi is a theatre and culture critic based in Philadelphia. He’s the Managing Editor at Token Theatre Friends where you’ll see him talk on and on about the importance of theatre as a means of leveraging social change.

Joey Sims

Contributing Writer
@joeycsims

Joey Sims has written at The Brooklyn Rail, TheaterMania, American Theatre Magazine, Culturebot, Exeunt NYC, New York Theatre Guide, No Proscenium, Broadway’s Best Shows, and Extended Play. He was previously Social Media Editor at Exeunt, and a freelance web producer at TodayTix Group. Joey is an alumnus of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute, and a script reader for The O’Neill and New Dramatists. He runs a theater substack called Transitions.

Jake Sokoloff

Contributing Fashion Writer

Jake Sokoloff is a freelance fashion stylist based in New York City. In 2015 he founded STYLE BY SOKOLOFF, and has been dressing Broadway talent for editorials, concerts and red carpet appearances ever since. He lives on the Upper East Side with his fiancé and their cat, Freddie Purrcury.

Kyle Turner

Contributing Writer
@TyleKurner

Kyle Turner is a queer freelance writer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a contributor to Paste Magazine, and his writing on film and culture has been featured in The Village Voice, GQ, Slate, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. He is relieved to know that he is not a golem.

Emily McClanathan

Contributing Writer
@Emily_221B

Emily McClanathan is a theater critic based in Chicago and a 2020 National Critics Institute fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. She also works as a communications manager for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and holds a Master of Arts in modern history (King’s College London) and a Bachelor of Arts in music and history (Wheaton College). When she's not at the theater, her hobbies include reading, binge-watching British TV shows, and tracking down the perfect cup of tea.

Christian Lewis

Contributing Writer
@clewisreviews

Christian Lewis (they/them/theirs) is a queer nonbinary freelance theater critic with bylines in Did They Like It?, American Theatre, BroadwayWorld, Theatermania, the Brooklyn Rail, Out, and others. They are also a cohost of The Critics’ Table podcast. Separate from all the theater stuff, they have a PhD in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. Follow them on Twitter @clewisreviews.

Caroline Cao

Contributing Writer
@maximinalist

A Houstonian at heart, Caroline Cao graduated at The New School with an MFA in Nonfiction. Her wit has appeared on SlashFilm, Polygon, TDF Stages and more. She also has also penned performed arias and duets for the Really Spicy Opera - Aria Institute. She does not shut up about animation. When she's not writing about theatre, movies, and TV, she's writing librettos and fanfiction and cooking ramen.

Jerry Portwood

Contributing Writer
@jerryportwood

Jerry Portwood is a writer, editor and critic who's been covering theater and culture for over two decades. He was formerly the Digital Editorial Director at Rolling Stone, Executive Editor of Out magazine, Editor in Chief of New York Press, and founding editor of CityArts and teaches at the New School.

Michael Kushner

Contributing Writer

Michael Kushner is NYC’s leading multi-hyphenate and the Executive Producer of the EMMY Nominated series Indoor Boys. In true multi-hyphenate form, Michael's book How to be a Multi-Hyphenate in the Theatre Business, published by Routledge Publishing is arriving fall of 2022. He served as the Director of Programming for The Green Room 42, providing the space with sold out programming post pandemic. He is the owner of Michael Kushner Photography and has been published in NYTimes, Vogue, Playbill, etc.

Rachel Hsu

Contributing Writer

Rachel Hsu hails from Los Angeles and is currently a student at the UCLA School of Law. Her love of musical theatre started with Tim Burton’s adaptation of Sweeney Todd and things got so out of hand that she and her spouse both included Sondheim quotes in their vows. She worked in editorial design at Hearst’s Cosmopolitan Magazine and was on the staff of the Culinarian Magazine at Columbia University.

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