Writers

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John Szablewski (Manager/Editor/Reviewer) is currently earning his  Masters Degree in Art Education at SUNY Buffalo State. In 2013 he graduated from SUNY Buffalo State, with an BA in Television and Film Arts. In High School, John was forced to read ‘The Great Gatsby’. . .and he knew he could write better. Since then, he has gone on to write many works. . .mostly screenplays. In 2015 his short screenplay ‘The Quota’, placed as a finalist in the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Competition. Right now, John is working on developing a television pilot called ‘The Deathsons’ and a play entitled ‘The People v. Hero & Sidekick.’ An actor in the Buffalo theatre community, John has recently been seen in the Arcade and Attica Railroad production of ‘Ace’s Last Scam.’ John has appeared at the Lancaster Opera House as PFC Louden Downey in the Rocking Horse Productions production of ‘A Few Good Men.’ He has also been seen in the Aurora Players productions of ‘Rough Crossing,’ and in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ where he earned a Theatre Association of New York State award for most excellent ensemble member in a musical. This is John’s fifth season reviewing touring Broadway shows and local community theatre around Buffalo.

Cherie Messore (Columnist /Reviewer) Cherie Messore is a freelance writer and public relations professional. She’s also a long-time member of the DIVA by DIVA: A Celebration of Women cast at O’Connell  & Company, and a docent at the Darwin Martin House. Great theatre, beautiful music, and a good cup of coffee make her happy.

Gail Golden (Reviewer) is a published playwright whose plays have been performed across the USA and in England, Australia, Italy, Norway, and Canada. She is an award winning screenwriter whose screenplay, Give &Take, won Best Comedy at the New Hope Film Festival and the Audience Choice award at the Southern California Film Festival. For six years, Gail reviewed plays and films for WBEN Radio 930.Ms. Golden is also a professional actress who has studied at The Groundlings in LA, Chicago City Limits, and Second City Toronto. She is an improviser and played Comedysportz for six years. Her film credits include performing scenes opposite Jimmy Fallon in The Year of Getting to Know Us. She’s appeared in over 1,000 TV and radio commercials and won the ANDY Award for Grandma Brown’s Baked Beans and was a Clio nominee for Hathaway Shirts. On stage, Ms. Golden has performed in New York City, Hollywood, Burbank, Atlanta, Cleveland, Syracuse, Orlando and Buffalo and she was Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother in the Castle Show at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Three of her favorite credits are: a print ad on the back cover of Mad Magazine, being the original voice of Strawberry Shortcake, and playing Mrs. Claus in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC.

Gail Golden has a BFA in Theatre from Ithaca College and an MA in Humanities from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a New York State certified teacher and also has permanent teaching certification in New Jersey and Georgia. A former teacher for Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Ms. Golden is currently on the faculty of Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New York. She is the Director of a business theatre company, Dramatic Solutions, and a children’s theatre company, The Wondermakers with Young Audiences of Western New York.

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Mary Best (Reviewer) first fell in love with theater when she saw a touring production of ‘Cats’ at Shea’s Performing Arts Center at age seven. Since then, she has performed onstage, worked backstage, directed and choreographed for numerous theater companies in Western New York including ACTS, Rocking Horse Productions, Lancaster Opera House and Aurora Players. She’s been a published theater reviewer for nearly a decade and is thrilled to be a part of Buffalo Theater Guide. Offstage, she works in public relations and enjoys exploring Buffalo with her fiance, whom she met during a community theater production of ‘Grease.’

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Colin Fleming-Stumpf (Reviewer) is a lover of all things theatre and performing arts. Colin has acted on stages across Western New York with companies such as the Batavia Players, Rocking Horse Productions, and Theatre in the Mist. Colin also serves on the Board of Directors for the Batavia Players, plays the electric bass, is an avid cinephile, drinks far too much coffee, and is happily married to a lovely gal named Lindsay. By day Colin works as the Grants & Development Associate for the Olmsted Center for Sight and as a freelance grant writer for a few small non-profits in the Buffalo area.

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Nathan Miller – Nate is happy to be writing again for Buffalo Theatre Guide. A proud graduate of Niagara University with a BFA in Theater Performance and a BA in English, Nate has been extremely active in the Buffalo theater scene as both an actor and a director, especially at the Lancaster Opera House.  As a performer, Nate has also worked with the Irish Classical Theater, Alleyway Theater, Kaleidoscope Theater, NRTG, and the Lockport Palace Theatre. He has also performed and directed for his own company, Pared Down Productions, which he founded in 2015.