Member Reviewers





Bob Abelman -  In 2017, Bob was named "Best Columnist in Ohio" by the Associated Press and "Best Critic in Ohio" among weekly papers by the Ohio Press Club.  His reviews are carried by the Cleveland Jewish News, the News-Herald and The Morning Journal in Northeast Ohio.  He recently served as an Arts Journalism Fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts and has been on the faculty at Cleveland State University for over 30 years.  Bob is a member of the American Theater Critics Association, a professional actor with New York credits, and a produced playwright.   He is co-author of REFEREEING THE MUSES: A THEATRE CRITICISM/ARTS JOURNALISM PRIMER (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013).  For full reviews go to:  http://www.clevelandjewishnews.com/columnists/.



Roy Berko- is an award winning writer and educator, a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the Dance Critics Association. He is a college professor, life coach and entertainment reviewer. His love of theatre started when he appeared on stage at age 4 and has proceeded as he performed as an actor, director and producer at professional, community and college theatres, including Berkshire Center for the Arts (Berkshire, MA), Cherry County Playhouse, (Traverse City, MI), Theatre International (Leysin, Switzerland), Kent State University, and The University of Michigan.  Locally, he has been affiliated with Dobama, Elyria Summer Theatre, Jewish Community Center, The Ohio New Play Festival, Beck Center, and Cassidy Theatre.  He started the drama programs at Lorain County Community College and Beachwood High School.   His reviews appear in ArtsAmerica.com, BroadwayWorld.com, Neohiopal.com, and coolcleveland.com, as well as www.royberko.info.  He is the author of 27 books.  For more information go to www.royberko.info



Kerry Clawson--Kerry Clawson has worked as an editor or reporter at the Akron Beacon Journal for two decades, serving as an arts writer since 2000. She is an award-winning arts journalist whose coverage of the Joffrey Ballet, opera star Renee Fleming and violin superstar Joshua Bell has won top prizes from the Cleveland Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. Kerry was an inaugural fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at the University of Southern California and is an alumna of the NEA Dance Critics Fellowship at Duke University. She resides in West Akron with her husband and three children. For more info, go to http://enjoy.ohio.com/things-to-do

Howard Gollop - Winner of the Cleveland Press Club prize for entertainment writing, Howard Gollop has been covering theater in Northeast Ohio for more than three decades -- first as arts/entertainment editor of The Morning Journal in Lorain and recently as Accent Editor of The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria and The Gazette in Medina. He has served as a contributor for Mademoiselle magazine and a guest dramaturg for Cleveland Play House.







Mark Horning is a professional photographer and writer who resides with his family in Berea, Ohio.  He currently writes for AXS Sports and Entertainment as well as Examiner.com and On Topics (a CBS Web Affiliate).  He covers a wide range of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio topics that include The Fine Arts, Rock and Roll, Outdoor Recreation, The Cleveland Browns and The Canton Charge Development League Basketball Team.  Mark has been doing critical reviews of local theater since November of 2011.  A majority of Mark’s reviews and articles can be found at: http://www.axs.com/tag/cleveland.








Christine Howey - Christine Howey is an award-winning theater critic, having been named Best Critic in Ohio (over 100,000 circulation) by both the Press Club of Cleveland and the Society of Professional Journalists. She is currently the theater critic for Cleveland Scene. She has also reviewed plays for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Free Times and City Pages in Minneapolis, MN. Christine acted and directed locally, primarily at Dobama Theatre, from 1969-1984.  For Christine Howey's blog go to  Rave and Pan.






Laura Kennelly is a freelance journalist and arts reviewer in the Cleveland area. She has served as Arts Editor for the Morning Journal in Lorain and written about the arts in print for Northern Ohio Live, Scene Magazine, and other publications. She also did music reviews for WCLV's "Considered Opinions." In 2005 she was awarded a fellowship for the NEA Institute for Classical Music and Opera held in NYC at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. A member of the North​ American Music Critics Association, she also serves as ​associate editor of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute (at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music). Before moving to Ohio some twenty years ago, she taught literature and  creative writing at the University of North Texas (where she received a PhD in English literature). To see her full reviews, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.



David Ritchey writes for  The West Side Leader, Akron, Ohio, reviewing Akron productions.  In addition, he writes for the web site, Talkin’ Broadway, Regional Section, Cleveland, where he reviews Cleveland productions. Ritchey earned the Ph.D. at LSU, with an emphasis in theater history.  His minor was English, with a dual emphasis in literary criticism and dramatic literature.  The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists awarded him “First Place’ award for “Excellence in Journalism – Arts and Entertainment Criticism” for his reviews in a publication with less than a 100,000 circulation. Ritchey has published one book and numerous articles dealing with theater history. Ritchey was a Fulbright Scholar in Bucharest, Romania, in 2003.  He has worked in Hong Kong;   Bejing, China; St. Petersburg, Russia; and in London, England (6 times).  In addition, he has visited Cuba. He spent a month in Scotland at a writers’ conference.  To connect to David's reviews, go to https://www.talkinbroadway.com/regional/cleveland/


Andrea Simakis is the theater critic for The Plain Dealer where she has worked since 1999. Simakis was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 2008/2009 and is a Presidential Fellow at Case Western Reserve University where she teaches writing.