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The New England Theatre Geek is a pro-theatre, intellectual theatre blog that features critiques and articles to excite and educate the audiences. Critiques and reviews are curated with respect to the genre and style to the production featured. Our arts journalism is provided with the intent of developing audience interest in attending theatre events as well as inspiring better understanding of the theatre arts. In so doing, it is our goal to respect the artists as well as the art. In this economy, all audience members are looking for quality and value, and we want them to feel comfortable with expensive ticket purchases. In addition, we do not want one production to prevent a theatre from developing repeat business.
KITTY DREXEL, Queen Geek
BM, Vocal Performance, Boston Conservatory (née The Boston Conservatory); MM, Vocal Studies, The University of York
Kitty is a performing artist living with brachial plexus palsy. If she isn’t auditioning, rehearsing, acting out or taking classes, Kitty’s bespectacled nose is in a book or a score. Mrs. Drexel’s free time is spent stalking errant kittens. She lives in Camber-ville with her brilliant 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.
Noe know has one bachelor’s from MIT, and two master’s degrees: one from Tufts, the other from Harvard Extension School. We are very proud.
BISHOP C. KNIGHT, Geek Staff Writer
BFA in Creative Writing, Goddard College 2011
Bishop C. Knight is a creative writer and independent filmmaker who enjoys warm beverages. Her postprandial preoccupations include leisurely perusing cookbooks and rewatching films by Nora Ephron. Bishop C. Knight also enjoys reading paperbacks by eloquently feisty women writers – namely Doris Lessing, Bell Hooks, Alison Bechdel, Virginia Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Bishop has been the personal assistant to some extremely spiffy playwrights, both in Massachusetts and California, and she currently interns as an Associate Producer at a museum media production company based in Boston. Previously, Bishop had assisted the Executive Director of a theater in Cambridge, and she stage managed in Somerville. Addicted to daydreaming, Bishop rêve de parler français one day.
Diana Lu, Geek Staff Writer
Diana Lu, who is not a bridge troll, is a writer and comedian currently based in the Greater Boston area. Though not a bridge troll, she is a lifelong literature, theatre, and music enthusiast. Diana would like you to know that under no circumstances should anyone think that she is, has ever been, or ever will be an actual bridge troll. When not writing or performing, she spends her free time staring at her collection of whispering rocks and shiny shiny coins along the Charles River, on the underside of the Anderson Footbridge.
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