Staff

Editors

  • Patrick Christiano... Publisher

    Mr. Christiano is a theater critic and journalist, as well as the Artistic Director of SilvaRoad Productions. He has been a voting member of the Drama Desk for over a decade and served on their prestigious Nominating Committee for two seasons. His interviews over the years have included Vanessa Redgrave, Charles Busch, Kathleen Battle, Jacqueline Bissett, Diane Paulus, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley and others. Mr. Christiano curated the Blue Heron Arts Center Galler at 123 East 24th Street in New York City from 1998 until 2005, and he launched TheaterLife.com in May 2006.
    Theaterlife.com@gmail.com

  • Barry Gordin... Editor In Chief

    Barry is an internationally renowned photographer, whose celebrity photos have appeared in publications world wide including People and InTouch. His weekly photo column in Dans Papers has been a staple of the social scene for the past decade and his photos appear regularly in virtually every publication in the Hamptons. His work has appeared in numerous group shows at galleries in SoHo and on the Eastend. Barry is also a Theatre Critic and a voting member of the Drama Desk.
    Theaterlife.com@gmail.com

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

  • Sam Affoumado

    Sam

    Sam is a playwright/actor/educator and a native New Yorker. He was a Special Educator for the NYC Department of Education for over twenty- five years and the Inclusion Program Director for the NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies during the latter part of his teaching career.
    As an actor, Sam has appeared Off-Off Broadway and in regional theatre. To date, he has written several short (ten-minute) plays, three full-length plays and a series of health education videos. Sam is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA.

  • Linda Amiel Burns

    Founder and Director of The Singing Experience (www.SingingExperience.com), renowned cabaret and musical theater performance workshops since 1977 that has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Today Show, The NY Times and many others. For the past 15 years, the TSE Cable TV show has been shown weekly on MNN and her Youtube channel (www.Youtube.com/SingingExperience) features hundreds of her talented graduates. Linda is also a sought after vocal coach and has written, booked and directed hundreds of cabaret acts and revues. She is the winner of two MAC Awards, The 2016 TRU Entrepreneur Award, and honored at The Metropolitan Room in a special Tribute Evening for her four decade contribution to cabaret and the music world. Linda has been the President of the American Popular Song Society (www.APSSinc.org) for the past 20 years producing award winning, star-studded monthly entertainment programs. She is proud to be a noted Critic, Reviewer, Writer for TheaterLife.com and several publications.

  • Sandi Durell

    Sandi is Publisher/Editor of TheaterPizzazz.com and a critic. She has been writing, reviewing, producing, having a voice in the theater, cabaret and entertainment communities for over 25+ years. She is a Voting Member of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Her columns also appear on www.TheThreeTomatoes.com.

    Sandi has produced numerous revues as well as songwriter events for the American Popular Song Society (APSS), is a producer on the benefit CD "Our Heart Sings," and on the Award winning film "Broadway the Golden Age" (with Rick McKay).

    She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, Board Member of American Popular Song Society (APSS), Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU - Advisory Board),100+ year old Dutch Treat Club, The Lambs; an occasional theater "angel " and has had a career as a vocalist-performer.

  • Isa Goldberg

    As a theater critic Isa Goldberg has served as the president and as a board member of The Drama Desk. Her theater reviews appear in diverse media from The Broadway Channel to The Advocate. She has interviewed theater and television celebrities, playwrights and novelists for PBS’ “In The Life,” Reuters Television, The Financial Times, The Times of India, and New York Daily News, among many others. Isa is proud to have been on of the very first contributors to theaterlife.com.

  • Magda Katz

    Magda has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years.
    For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein's at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

  • Janet Lehr TheaterArts ArtMkt Art Journalist

    Janet is a reknown art reviewer under such headings as 'Janet Lehr's Magnificent Obsecession' for Dan's Papers of the Hamptons, 'What's New in Photography' for Antiquarian Bookman and presently ARTMKT RECAP for Theaterlife.com.  Her weekly columns for Dan's Papers beginning 1995 brought a fresh perspective to the local Hampton's scene.  Lehr's passion for art of all periods is boundless, her interest and writings on art of the 20th and 21st centuries is a exercise in invention.  She has written 32 scholarly catalogues, is a member of Antiquarian Bookman's Society and a former founding member of Association of International Photographic Art Dealers.  A lifetime of seeing and research enables Lehr to relate works and movements over unexpected spans of time and media.    In 2008 Janet Lehr began her most recent column, JANET LEHR'S ARTMKT RECAP which appears now in Theaterlife.com

  • Ellis Nassour

    Ellis is a veteran of The New York Times and New York Daily News. As VP, artist relations, MCA Music/Universal Pictures, he participated in the development of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar and careers of The Who, Neil Diamond, Brenda Lee, and Elton John, supervising his American debut and first U.S. tour. He worked with Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, and Gloria Gaynor. Ellis authored Rock Opera: The Creation of Jesus Christ Superstar and Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline, four pages of which are source material for hit revue, Always, Patsy Cline.

  • David Sheward

    David is a respected writer, editor, and critic. He is the former executive editor and theater critic for Back Stage, the actors’ resource. He has published three books on show business: Rage and Glory: The Volatile Life and Career of George C. Scott, It’s a Hit! The Back Stage Book of Broadway’s Longest-Running Shows and The Big Book of Show Business Awards. He served as president of the Drama Desk, the organization of New York-based theater critics, editors and reporters for seven years. He's also a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, the Outer Critics Circle and the American Theater Critics Association where he currently is a member of the organization's New Play Committee. For over ten years, he was a contributing correspondent on NY-1 News’ weekly theater show On Stage. In addition to his blog (The David Desk 2), David also provides Broadway walking tours: http://criticschoicetours.com/

  • Paulanne Simmons

    Paulanne is a multi-faceted writer whose work has been seen in magazines and newspapers, and on stage and television. Her writing abilities were recognized early on, when she was chosen to read her essay, “What My American Citizenship Means to Me,” at her 6th grade graduation.
    Paulanne began her professional writing as a copywriter for various New York City advertising agencies. After a decade of writing ads for the likes of Oscar de la Renta and Alitalia Airlines (to say nothing of American Standard plumbing products), she moved on to journalism, writing for such publications as Newsday, The Big Apple Parent’s Paper and The Brooklyn Papers.
    But ever since Paulanne’s first experience at a Broadway show - Dory Schary’s Sunrise at Campobello - her biggest love has been theater. After several years of reviewing theater, she succumbed to the challenge, “If you think you know so much, why don’t you write a play yourself?” and penned her first drama, Basketball Lessons, which was produced at Theater for the New City in 2001.
    Since that inaugural production, Paulanne’s work has been produced at Theater for the New City, The Ensemble Studio Theater’s Octoberfest, Makor/92 St. Y, the New York Fringe Festival and The Richmond Shepard Theatre. Her theater reviews can be seen on CurtainUp.com, nytheatre-wire.com, theaterpizzazz.com and theaterlife.com.
    Paulanne is a proud member of several professional organizations, including The Dramatists Guild, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and League of Professional Theatre Women.

  • Lauren Yarger

    Lauren is an award-winning editor who reviews theater in New York and Connecticut. She is Second Vice President of The Drama Desk, a Voting Member of The Outer Critics Circle and The American Theater Critics Association, a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women (co-founder of its Connecticut Chapter), a member of the Connecticut Critics Circle and The Episcopal Actors' Guild and a Contributing Editor for BroadwayWorld.com. She reviews books for Publishers Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She also is a playwright. Visit her new website at CriticalArtsConnection.com.

  • Iris Wiener

    Iris is a professional entertainment writer with a long career of commentary, reviews and interviews. Her portfolio contains a diverse collection of work centered on all genres of entertainment, including theater, music, books, film, and television. Her work has been featured in 25A, Long Island Woman, Long Island Pulse, TheaterMania, Patch, The Improper, The Long Island Herald, Entertainment This Week, The Long Islander Newspapers, and Figure. Iris has also contributed red carpet interviews to WOR710 News Talk Radio and has been interviewed for Bio Channel's Biography. Additionally, she has five years of experience as a teacher of English, and two years of experience as Lead Researcher for CastingAbout, a division of Breakdown Services. She is a proud voting member of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle. www.IrisWiener.com

Contributing Photographers

  • Michael Knigin (in Memoriam)
    Barry Gordin
    Joan Kraisky
    Maryann Lopinto
    Rob Rich
    Web Design:Carns Associates
    Technical Support: Eric March