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.
Gross is a performer, director and freelance writer from Solon. She was the director of the Mandel JCC Playmakers Youth Theatre and Pilloff Performing Arts Camp for over 20 years and is the director of creative programs at Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike.
She came to Cleveland from New York in 1995 to appear in a four- week run of “Groucho: A Life in Revue,” and never went home. She had appeared in the off-Broadway production of “One Man Band” as well as in regional productions, including “A Chorus Line” as Sheila, “Gypsy” as Louise, “Nunsense” as Sister Robert Anne, “Godspell” as Sonia and “The Rocky Horror Show” as Janet.
Locally, Gross performed at the Halle Theatre in “Fiddler on the Roof” as Tzeitel and Fruma Sara, “Funny Girl” as Fanny Brice and “The Rothschilds” as Hanna. She also wrote and performed for The Musical Theater Project, and several solo cabaret acts.
She lives in Solon with her husband, David, and their children; Alexis 21, Aidan 20, and Ava, 13.
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 has also served 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.
Kate Klotzbach - Kate Klotzbach is a local actress, stage manager, volunteer, and theatre writer. Previous performance writing includes content for Examiner.com, The News Herald, and The Morning Journal. She majored in Communications (Public Relations / Musical Theatre) at Ohio Northern University and holds a master’s in Nonprofit Administration and Leadership from Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. She currently works with Cleveland State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance as an Administrative Coordinator, and sees herself not as much as a “reviewer” as she does a “cheerleader” for local talent. Blog: https://kateklotzbach.com/