The Theatrical Board
The Theatrical Board
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Photo credit Shelly Norman.

Molly Norman - Editor in Chief

Since childhood, young Molly felt like she didn’t fit in with the other kids. A realization of her homosexuality and demigirl identity at a later age, and more recently a diagnosis of anxiety and bipolar II explained those feelings!

With a flair for the dramatic, this self-labeled demidyke loves theatre to its core, understands it's power of storytelling, and the importance of honest and fair representation in those pieces.

You can find her on twitter at mollyoftdollys, instagram at mollysdollys, and Etsy at MollysDollysLLC.

 

Hayley St. James - Playwright in Residence

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Photo credit: Hayley St. James

Hayley St. James (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is a playwriting major at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Originally from the Boston area, Hayley has seen too many shows in their life to count. You may have seen them on the 2017 Tony Awards with the cast of Great Comet, in the “Hard to Be the Bard” music video with Christian Borle, or in the stagedoor crowd somewhere in Times Square.

Hayley is the playwright of “What A Piece of Work Is Ham,” a stoner college riff on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and “For Leonora,” an in-progress play about living on the autism and LGBTQ spectrum. 

Hayley wants to write books from Broadway musicals someday and looks at bookwriters and playwrights through both a critical and a personal lens.

You can find them on twitter at hayleystjames, tumblr at stuff-and-shenanigans.

 

Jazzy Celindro - Editor and Guest Columnist

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Photo credit: Jazzy Celindro

Jazzy Celindro is a freelancer who graduated with a BA in sociology from Roosevelt University. At her alma mater, Jazzy received two writing accolades for her pieces on gender and resistance. She also has an upcoming publication, "The Limiting Nature of Born This Way and Bromances: Heteronormativity in the Interest of Capitalism”, in The Harper Anthology of Academic Writing.

Besides writing and watching The Sound of Music for the thousandth time, Jazzy enjoys instagramming her foodie adventures at @jazzy_see and demonstrating her love for design/art arrangement (featuring Harry Styles) at @harrywearingprettythings.

 

Carissa Higdon - Grammar Queen

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Photo Credit: Carissa Higdon

Once, years ago, a woman took her grandchildren to see The Lion King on tour as a birthday present. The granddaughter found herself enraptured by the thrill of seeing a live musical; little did she know that this experience would shape a lifetime of passion.

A true Texan at heart, Cari is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where she achieved a major in English and a minor in German. Her joy for writing has defined her thoughts ever since she was a kid, and her passion for musical theatre has been a great source of fun for several years. While she has no plans of appearing onstage herself, Cari enjoys observing theatre from the outside, and she always takes pleasure in discussing her thoughts and feelings with others on what she sees.

 

Rebecca Hodge - Dramaturg In Residence, Acting Editor in Chief

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Photo credit: Lindsay Aikman

Rebecca is currently studying Dramaturgy at Carnegie Mellon University, aspiring toward her BFA and the vague goal of telling stories about women.
With a love of writing, singing, and feminism, Rebecca plans to bring her worlds together and spark discussions with the world. She enjoys analyzing media of all kinds, but theatre is where her heart lies.
In addition to writing for the Theatrical Board, Rebecca is the creator of Theatre MBTI, which can be found at http://theatrembti.tumblr.com

 

Gigi Gervais - Theatre Correspondent

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Photo credit: Hildegarde Vaval

Gabrielle “Gigi” Gervais was given her nickname after the titular character of the 1958 Lerner and Loewe movie-musical. It is no wonder she grew up to love all things theatre. After her grandmother took her to see Beauty and the Beast on Broadway at age 13, Gigi knew where her heart truly belonged. She soon realized performing would not be how she’d fit into the theatre community (two left feet will do that to you) however, she did have an enthusiasm for writing. Once she discovered that she could combine her two passions of writing and theatre, there was no stopping her. She has since contributed her voice to publications such as BroadwayWiz and BroadwayWorld, as well as other various theatrical media outlets. She hopes to continue to bring a fresh perspective to the theatre community.

 

Stephanie Lottes - Musical Enthusiast

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Photp credit: Stephanie Lottes

Stephanie has been a fan of theatre for many years, and in her lifetime she has seen many productions on Broadway, Tour, and Regionally.  Not only is she a fan of theatre, but she is also a performer who has been in and offered technical help for many productions. 

Stephanie is a freelance journalist graduating with a degree in Liberal Studies from Wilmington University this year. With both a passion for theatre and writing Stephanie would like to be a journalist who reviews theatre.  She was raised in and currently still resides in New Jersey, so she sees shows on Broadway when she can. Her love of theater started before she even saw her first Broadway show with Movie Musicals, and it just grew as she got older. 

Stephanie is on twitter at https://twitter.com/classicssonnets

 

Addison Antonoff - Jazz Handed Historian

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Photo credit: Kaye Moreno

Addison Antonoff is a student at Brandeis University. Native to Houston, Texas, she has had access to the theatrical community in one way or another for much of her life. As a playwright and a historian, much of her work on The Theatrical Board focuses on how the past is presented on the stage. To see more of Addison, follow her on Twitter at @paperjamsession.