Writers

John Szablewski (Manager/Editor/Reviewer) is currently earning his Teaching Certification and 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) In Real Life, Cherie Messore is the Executive Director of the WNY STEM Hub where she embraces science, technology, engineering, math, and yes the arts to advance the economic vitality and quality of life in our region. She’s also a long-time member of the Diva by Diva: A Celebration of Women cast at O’Connell  & Company​, a docent at the Darwin Martin House, and a freelance writer for Buffalo Magazine. 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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Aidan Ryan (Reviewer) is a writer and educator based in Buffalo, NY. He has written on literature, travel, music, and theatre for publications including CNN, The White Review, Traffic East, and The Buffalo News. He is a regular contributor to Scotland’s The Skinny. Aidan serves as managing editor of Foundlings Press, an independent publisher of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction; managing editor of My Next Heart, an anthology of new Buffalo poetry (forthcoming from BlazeVOX in December 2017); and editor-in-chief of the online commentary platform Counterpoint. He is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Organizing Isolation: Half-Lives of Love at Long Distance (Linoleum Press, 2017). Twitter: @AidanRyan Instagram: @aidanlyaeus Website: www.aidanryan.com

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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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Kristin Loughran (reviewer) is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State from the media production department with a minor in English writing. Although still new to theatre, Kristin finds there’s not much difference between watching a live show on stage, knowing the hard work and dedication put into it, and viewing a feature film in a cinema. With that in mind, Kristin knows that with each show she enjoys, a deeper appreciation for the performing arts is built.

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Paige Ronan (Reviewer) – is an avid reader, actress, and soprano vocalist. She graduated with her Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Buffalo State College in 2015. In her free time, she sings in choirs, works onstage and off in theatre, and spends time with her dog.