Meet the Staff

Jessie Dez- Editor

Jessie Dez is a graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree, with concentrations in Musical Theater and Broadcast Journalism. As an actress, she has performed all over South Florida with well-known companies, such as Delray Beach Playhouse, Arts Center Management, MNM Theatre Company, Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, Lake Worth Playhouse, etc. Not only have you seen her on stage, but on television as well. As a television host for Living Local FL TV, Jessie has been on FOX 29 highlighting all the best places to eat, shop and play in South Florida.  Jessie is excited to bring her two passions together as Editor of South Florida Theater Magazine.

Bridget Callinan- Editor

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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.

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. 

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. 

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!

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. 

Dale King - Writer/Reviewer

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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. 

Luis Herrera- Writer/ Reviewer

Luis Roberto Herrera is a Colombian-American artist who uses his work to ask the questions of what it means to be alone, who are we within our relationships, and how does our culture effect who we become. Luis Roberto Herrera was a resident playwright in the 2017 GREENHOUSE Residency  at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a Fellow at Athena Theatre in 2019, and most recently part of the cohort in the Latinx Playwrights Circle 2022 Mentorship Intensive. Along with being a playwright he is also a screenwriter and director having written 6 short films, one television pilot and directing two of them. Some of his works include several full length plays; Poolside Glow(Inkwell Theatre Playlab 2022), SAA[not that one](A-Tipico Play Festival 2021), At The End Of The Hall: A ghost story(Latinx Playwrights Circle 2022 Mentor Intensive), BLOOD ON THESE HANDS, Born Still, and Grandma’s Armchair. His film writing credits include; No Te Puedes Mover(short), Slow Dance(short), Wren & Lin(short), Sunny(short), Through The Crowd(short), and Thank you, places!(feature).

Marvin Glassman- Featured Writer

Marvin Glassman is a regular contributor to South Florida Magazine. Marvin has written extensively on the cultural arts, especially comedy, music and theater for both Florida Jewish Journal and the online publication miamiartszine.com for over 25 years.

Mary Rasura- Contributing Writer

Mary Rasura is a junior multimedia journalism student from Florida Atlantic University minoring in computer science. She is excited to review theater shows and write feature stories for South Florida Theater magazine, as she believes art is what makes life worth living.

Paula Chavarro- Contributing Writer

Paula Chavarro is a Colombian-American actress and writer. One of her most recent works involves an anti-bullying project called Speak Life The Musical, which provides schools with a curriculum, along with a show, to raise awareness on bullying. She is currently majoring in Multimedia Journalism at Florida Atlantic University, and when not in school, she uses her free time for song-writing. She is excited to be able to combine her passion for the arts with her career in Journalism. She has been in love with the arts since before she can even remember. She is passionate about art that doesn’t just provide entertainment, but connects to the audience in such a deeper and more meaningful way through not just the acting itself, but through the technical aspect of it. 

Cristina Arguelles- Contributing Writer

Cristina Argüelles is a Dominican-American writer and performer based in South Florida with an interest in both the acting and production aspects of the entertainment industry. She is a student
at Florida Atlantic University, where she majors in Multimedia Studies. Throughout her time at FAU, Cristina has had the chance to work with Miami production company Bonomotion Video Agency, and in New York City as a production intern for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She has also had the opportunity to write for FAU’s satirical newspaper, The Hoot, and has written and performed with Rat Mouth Comedy, the university’s sketch comedy group. Cristina is excited to bring her love for live performance and writing together to cover all things theatre.

Christopher McDaniel- Contributing Writer

Christopher McDaniel is a MFA candidate for Creative Writing in Nonfiction at Florida Atlantic University and a contributing editor for Virginia Bride Magazine. He holds a background in all things writing, editing, teaching, and publishing. One of his main passions is grant writing for nonprofit organizations and university advancement. Hailing from southern Virginia, he enjoys the vineyards tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains and good Smithfield ham. Chris currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida.

Kevin Barrett - Publisher

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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.

Barrett is the owner and publisher of the newly launched South Florida Theater Magazine.