We, the Geeks at the New England Theatre Geek, pledge to be an organization that celebrates diversity and inclusion. We are dedicated to supporting our Arts Community regardless of the dark times to come. NETG pledges to use its space to promote loving tolerance, and to shun hate in all its forms. Theatre shouldn’t be “safe,” but The New England Theatre Geek will keep safe the ideals of compassionate criticism, upright moral standards, and resistance to oppressive thought control. You are welcome here.
BM, Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory (née The Boston Conservatory); MM, Vocal Studies, The University of York
Kitty is an artist living with brachial plexus palsy. If she isn’t auditioning, rehearsing, acting out or taking classes, Kitty Drexel has her bespectacled nose in a book or a score. Mrs. Drexel’s free time is spent stalking errant kittens and writing reviews for the fabulous LGBT website, EDGEBoston.com. She lives in Camber-ville with her lovely wife and their cat. Kitty is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the New England Theatre Conference. She is a co-founder of Boston Opera Collaborative.
GILLIAN DANIELS, Geek Staff Writer
B.A. English, College of Wooster
Gillian Daniels is a graduate of the College of Wooster and a longtime theater-goer. Besides musicals, her nerdy obsessions include comics, animation, and sci-fi/fantasy literature. She also likes coffee, tea, soy milk, and internet-ing.
BA, Spanish; BA, History, Earlham College
Craig Idlebrook has been a theater groupie all his life. Before his daughter’s birth, he was a community theater regular who sometimes starred in avant-garde student films that made no sense at the Maine Media Workshops. He also cleaned toilets for the Dorset Players in Vermont. A reporter and editor, Craig has written for more than 30 publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Funny Times.
MFA, Creative Writing, Lesley University
Kate Lonberg-Lew is a Lesley MFA graduate and special education teacher by day, and an obsessed theater addict by night. Musicals, comedies, dramas, anything will do for a fix. If she could act or sing she’d be up on the stage, but since she has a sneaking suspicion that the audience would pay her to go home, she restricts herself to the audience.
NOE KAMELAMELA, Geek Staff Writer
Noe is an avid reader who appreciates theatre. Noe can often be found chasing her cat, her wife, or her sanity around the Boston area while writing reviews in her head.
BA, Shakespeare Studies, New York University; MA, English, Rutgers University; PhD, Theatre History, Tufts University
Danielle is a lifelong theatre person of diverse and sundry talents. Mild-mannered university educator by day, Shakespearean wild-woman by night, Danielle moonlights as an actor, dramaturge, fight director, and blogger. You can follow her academic adventures at http://www.daniprose.com
TRAVIS MANNI, Geek Staff Writer
AA, English Writing/Rhetoric, Cape Cod Community College
BA, Writing, Literature & Publishing, Emerson College
Travis recently graduated from Emerson College and has absolutely no clue what he would like to do with his life, so please refrain from inquiring about his plans for the future. He hails from Cape Cod and can often be found obsessing over English songstress Jessie J, watching clips of Wicked on YouTube, eating pizza, or silently sitting in a corner judging you.
POLLY GOSS, Geek Staff Writer
MA, Educational Leadership from University College London
BA, English Literature and Drama from University of Manchester.
Acting Foundation Course, Oxford School of Drama.
Polly moved to Boston in 2016 and this is her first time living outside the U.K. Polly was a high school English teacher in London for three years and now works for an education technology company in Boston. Polly loves theatre in all shapes and sizes and is excited to get her teeth into the Boston Arts scene. When she is not at the theatre, she likes to spend time in coffee shops enjoying something sweet and reading a good book. Polly is a keen traveller and is excited to explore all the many, many places she hasn’t seen in the U.S yet!
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