Suki Lopez - Contributing Writer
Suki Lopez is a Cuban-American actress hailing from the shiny shores of Miami. Lopez, is best known for her role Nina (“la latina”) on HBO’s Sesame Street. The actress is not afraid to let her Miami-ness come out when playing the character. She describes Nina as a “total millennial” who works tons of jobs on Sesame Street to pay her way through college. Just like Lopez, Nina is bilingual, Cuban-American and proud of her heritage. Previous credits include the National Tour of West Side Story, Disney Cruise Line and an episode of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out. When she’s not acting, Suki keeps her creative juices flowing as a freelance Graphic Designer, Choreographer and Acting Coach fueled by passion and cafe con leche.
Kila Lambertt - Writer
Kila obtained her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida where her focus was acting and writing. Her acting credits range from plays to student films. This year she spent focusing on the stage and incorporating her training into her writing. Her published writing can be found on sites such as Her Campus and her public E-portfolio. She fell in love with art at a young age, due to the creative influences through her family members. As soon as she was taught to read and write she never stopped, using it as a healing process she now introduces it into her career. At the University, she received her certification in Public in Professional Writing through Rhetoric and Literature while finishing her main degree in performance.
Bridget Callinan - Associate Editor/Writer
Bridget received her B.S. degree in Media Communication Studies, with a Hospitality minor, at Florida State University. Other than growing up as a performer, it was at Florida State where Bridget discovered her passion for arts and entertainment. Holding multiple jobs throughout her college career, Bridget gained the confidence and skills needed to succeed in the entertainment industry, especially within the theatre realm. Although graduating amid a pandemic was not an easy start for a career in Theatre, she took the world by storm and did not give up until she landed a job that aligned with her passions and goals. Growing up a South Florida native, Bridget is excited to continue to grow her career and skill set in a place that is familiar to home. Bridget now works as the Programming and Event Coordinator for Delray Beach Playhouse and the Marketing and Event Manager for Arts Center Management.
Ilana Jael - Writer/Reviewer
Ilana Jael earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Writing and Psychology from Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College. She also served as co-founder of the student theatre troupe “Theatre in the Raw.” She has been dabbling in both playwriting and acting since high school. A few favorite roles include Rebel in Columbinus (Bob Carter’s Actor’s Rep), The Fearful One in The Cave (G-Star School of The Arts), and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie (Theatre In The Raw). Her one-act plays Goodbye, Karma’s A Bitch, Certainly Not About Him, and Open Heart have also been previously performed at Actor’s Rep and/or at Florida Atlantic University. More recently, Ilana appeared in and created the original musical ZeeZou’s Stardust Extravaganza with Area Stage’s Miami Queer Theatre Collective. Her short plays have been produced virtually by New City Players, Theatre Lab, and Femuscripts. She is also a current company member of New City Players, and you can check out her theatre blog at ilanaintheatreland.com!
Dominika Ortonowski -
Dominika Ortonowski, known as “Dom” to most, is a class of 2020 graduate from Loyola University Maryland. Dom graduated with a degree in Communications, a specialization in Journalism, and a minor in Political Science. Her greatest passions include the arts, holistic healthcare, working with children, and politics. Born in Connecticut to Polish immigrants, she is a trilingual, dual-citizen, and a well-traveled and high-spirited young woman. Due to her unique upbringing, Dom embraces change and loves to meet and work with new people which has led her on a unique journey to get where she is today. She has been living in Palm Beach County and working as the Marketing Director at the Delray Beach Playhouse since November of 2020. Dom wishes to use her platform as a “lightworker” – to inspire hope, awareness, and help as many people as she can through her writing.
Nia Hunt - Contributing Writer
Nia Hunt received her Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in 2014 and her Master of Fine Arts from Full Sail University in 2019. A natural-born storyteller, she is an aspiring fantasy author who also writes passionately about the art forms that fascinate and inspire her. She excelled as the Senior Fashion Contributor for the online publication Luxe Kurves by writing insightful articles about social issues in the fashion industry. Currently, she writes short stories for young readers learning the English language, and she contributes weekly blogs to the jewelry company Sterling Silver. Nia has been immersed in the arts all her life, illustrating her own story characters since childhood and having spent her adolescence as a background vocalist in multiple musical productions. She is thrilled to acquaint herself with South Florida’s musical theatre scene and give due reverence to the myriad of artists who make such grand performances possible.
Kayla Vosburg - Writer
Kayla graduated Magna Cum Laude from Friends University in her home state of Kansas with a B.A. in English/Drama and Spanish. She then moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in the film industry both in front of and behind the camera and participated in two world stage premieres for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. As a SAG-AFTRA actor, she has worked professionally on nearly thirty different film/TV projects. She has garnered a range of experience from low-budget pilots and independent films to network television and major studio movies. Many of her projects are featured on Netflix, On Demand, Redbox, Apple Plus, Amazon Prime, Fox, and movie theatres across the country, including The Great Alaskan Race, Brutal Bridesmaids (Lifetime), and Lazarus (Tubi). Kayla began teaching in Los Angeles under the Will Wallace Acting Company and the SAG Conservatory at the American Film Institute. She worked with actors on scene study, cold-reading, and audition technique. Since moving to South Florida, she has coached performers of all ages and skill levels for both film and stage. She enjoys sharing her first-hand experiences of the business and helping other actors tap into their unique storytelling abilities.
Marina Wolfson - Editor/Writer
As a South Florida native and a true thespian at heart, Marina Wolfson is thrilled to be a part of the South Florida Theater Magazine. She received her Masters of Science in Communications from Lynn University and her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Florida Atlantic University’s Arts and Letters College. As an undergrad at Florida Atlantic University, Marina served as Vice President of Alpha Psi Omega, the resident Theatre Honor Society. Since the young age of twelve, Marina has had her hands in theater, including acting, assistant directing, costuming, makeup, stage managing, and even education! Some of her favorite roles include Mishka (The Government Inspector), Betsy (Sense and Sensibility), Robin Goodfellow (The Merry Wives of Windsor), and Matthias of Galilee (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot). She has been a team player at various theaters in South Florida including, The Delray Beach Playhouse, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Kravis Center, TheatreLab, Arts Garage, and The Florida Atlantic University Theatre Department. Marina is ecstatic to share her experiences and thoughts about theatre in South Florida!
Steven J. Smith - Writer
Steven J. Smith began his journalism career in 2006 writing Sarasota County government stories for Sun Coast Media Group, which publishes The North Port Sun, The Venice Gondolier, The Charlotte Sun, The DeSoto Sun and The Englewood Sun. When his editors learned he spent 25 years as a professional actor in New York, they invited him to write local theater reviews and profiles on the area arts scene as well. He soon branched out, freelancing for The Herald Tribune and SCENE Magazine in Sarasota, writing theater reviews and covering cultural events. After moving to Florida’s east coast in 2013, Steve applied his writing talents to such periodicals as Florida Weekly, The Coastal Star, The Palm Beach ArtsPaper and Boca Raton Magazine, among others. When not writing stories, he still works as a professional actor under the name of Steve Carroll at such South Florida venues as The Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Wick Theatre, Thinking Cap Theatre and Island City Stage. He also tours his one man show, “Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle,” to professional theaters, historical societies, senior centers, colleges, high schools, chautauquas, museums, libraries and aviation groups all around the country. He currently lives in Boynton Beach with wife Elaine and dog Rocky.
Dale King - Writer/Reviewer
A career journalist with more than 50 years in the field, Dale King founded King Media Group a decade ago. His wife, Julia Herbert, is the firm’s vice president and a licensed professional social worker. A Massachusetts native who moved to Florida in 2000, who honors degrees in English and Journalism. In New England, he worked for the Attleboro (Mass.) Sun Chronicle and the Pawtucket (R.I.) Times, the latter for 28 years. After moving to Florida, he worked as a copy editor at the Palm Beach Daily News, and, in 2001, became a reporter and later, city editor, at the Boca Raton News where he worked for eight years. When the newspaper closed in 2009, he and his wife launched a freelance writing business, King Media Group, which currently covers events, reviews theater and supplies articles and photos to a variety for newspapers, magazines and websites. The receipt of two awards in Excellence in General News Writing from the Florida Press Club, Dale also received an award for excellence in literary criticism from the Rhode Island Press Association. The Bristol County (Mass.) Association of Teachers honored him with a “Friend of Education” award for excellence in education writing.
Kevin Barrett - Publisher
Kevin Barrett is a 30-year veteran arts administration executive who has managed multiple performing arts centers in Massachusetts and Florida during a highly successful career to date. Some of the venues he’s managed include Springfield Symphony Hall, Springfield Civic Center, Coral Springs Center for the Arts, Delray Beach Playhouse and the Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center. Barrett is also the consulting and programming point person for the City of Lauderhill on their beautiful new theater, the 1,143 seat Lauderhill Performing Arts Center (LPAC). In 2014, Barrett founded Arts Center Management (ACM), a multi-platform theater company that specializes in management, consulting and programming for venues under 1,500 seats. Barrett is also the producer of the smash hit harmony group, The Victory Dolls. A 1940s/WWII singing group that stars some of South Florida’s top actresses.