About our authors

Our reviewers are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the arts, specialists in their fields of theatre or art and passionate about their subject with a facility for getting this across to a wider audience. Here are a few words about each of them.
Abi Symons
Abi has a passion for all things theatre. She directed a number of productions at university, from the Christmas pantomime to Ionesco’s The Lesson. She has a Bachelors in English and Drama and a Masters degree in playwriting. Abi completed an internship at the Donmar Warehouse working on their 2011 production of The 25th Putnam Annual Spelling Bee. She has performed in an improvised comedy troupe at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the past five years, and still performs as a stand up comic. She can often be found poring over a laptop in cafés across London. Her twitter is @klutzface1.
Adam Tait
Adam Tait is an Entertainment and Culture journalist, Deputy Editor of Shout4Music and a writer for The 405 and Gigwise.
Alex Ramon
Alex Ramon teaches English Literature and Film at the University of Reading and at Kingston University, London. He’s the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields, and his research interests include contemporary Canadian fiction and novel-to-film adaptations. He writes about music for Wears the Trousers, music and film for PopMatters and theatre for The Public Reviews and British Theatre Guide. He also blogs on all of the above at Boycotting Trends.
Alice Hughes
Alice read French and Music at Cardiff University and is currently working in Brussels since graduating last year. She is a pianist, violinist and composer, and has a particular interest in Paris as a hub of musical activity from the late 19th century onwards.
Alice Tarbuck
Alice Tarbuck studied English Literature and Medieval Literature at Cambridge University. Her thesis was on Inter-digital Touch and Moral Anxiety in Medieval Culture. She currently writes poetry and drama, works for a major publisher, and sees as many plays as she possibly can. You can read her occasional musings here.
Alison Karlin
Site founder and director Alison is a Londoner from birth and has an eclectic set of hobbies. She is a lifelong lover of music, reading and the arts and a passionate crafter, and can be found on a tennis court, listening to opera and concerts and just occasionally up mountains or underwater.
Amy Morcom
Amy is an Australian theatre practitioner recently arrived in London to absorb all she can from this expansive theatrical hotpot. She has a BA (Communication – Theatre/Media) (Hons I), which offered many opportunities to write, devise, produce and perform in various forms of theatre. Amy has yeas of experience in the Australian theatre industry in producing and stage management, primarily for mainstage theatre company Belvoir and various fringe productions. She has also been involved in theatre for community cultural development and theatre for young people. Career highlights include touring to Oslo, Vienna and Amsterdam with a production of The Wild Duck and a recent stage appearance as a bear.
Ana Baeza Ruiz
Ana is a freelance writer and art critic, and currently works as a press officer and fundraiser for contemporary art gallery 5th Base in East London. Also a committed singer, in her spare time she dedicates herself unflinchingly to the study of opera. She is drawn to art that transgresses social and cultural norms, particularly visual expressions throughout the 20th century up to today. Discovering unexpected nooks in the city, going for walks and trying out new cuisines are some among her greatest joys in life.
Andy Moseley
Andy is a graduate of UEAs Creative Writing Masters course. He started out as a non-fiction writer with a book "Around the States in 90 Days", written after he went around the states in 90 days. Unable to afford any more long holidays, he moved into writing plays and reviewing other people’s plays. His own plays include "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" "A Bridge Game Too Far" and "Casual Encounters", which will be performed at Buxton and Camden Fringe in 2013. His website is andy.moseley.weebly.com and you can follow him on twitter @nologoplays.
Annegret Maerten
Annegret Märten is originally from Germany where she has worked as a journalist, college tutor and assistant director at a rep in Krefeld. She has worked on short films and as a performer for the Danish performance collective SIGNA. At the international Globe Neuss Shakespeare Festival she was the production assistant. In London Annegret has stage managed at the Finborough Theatre and worked as an associate producer on a West End musical. Annegret has an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Düsseldorf University and because she likes to juggle big words she also pursues a PhD on language philosophy and monsters.
Ashitha Nagesh
Ashitha is a journalist for art magazines, including Artforum, Modern Matter, Kilimanjaro and One Stop Arts. She mostly writes about Modern and Contemporary art, but occasionally covers other periods. She is also completing her MA in History of Art at Courtauld Institute of Art, specialising in Medieval Art. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from King’s College, London. She now lives and works in London, but has also worked for short periods in New York and Bangalore, India.
Becky Brewis
Becky Brewis is the Theatre Editor of One Stop Arts, and also manages the social media for the site. She has written on theatre and culture for the Huffington Post, IdeasTap, A Younger Theatre and Broadway World, and she also works as a facilitator on the Guardian's arts and media Masterclasses programme. For more, and for drawings of aquatic mammals, visit her blog.
Bethan Troakes
Bethan Troakes is a freelance curator and cultural projects manager based in Brighton. She holds a BA and MA in Art History from Warwick and Sussex Universities, specialising in modern and contemporary art and theory.
Billie Hylton
Billie is a gap year student in London who sings with the Rodolfus Choir and is a former intern at Bachtrack. She has been singing for fourteen years and as well as serious roles, her most memorable ones are Doctor Who and a fish finger! She loves attending a variety of concerts and operas but has a particular interest in Benjamin Britten. Alongside music, Billie loves her four cats and whippet Tipex, and is learning Welsh.
Caiti Grove
Once a keen student journalist and theatre undergraduate in Leeds, Caiti is now a freelance journalist and remains eagle-eyed for fresh, original features in the realms of creative endeavour. She loves everything from Alan Bennett at The National to experimental and immersive journeys with semi-amateur theatre groups. She is also keen to write about art, fashion, travel and dance.
Caitlin McDonald
Caitlin holds a PhD in Arab and Islamic Studies from the University of Exeter. She is the author of a book on her findings about the international belly dance community (Global Moves: Belly Dance as an Extra/Ordinary Space to Explore Social Paradigms in Egypt and Around the World) and has edited a collected volume of essays from scholars around the world on the same subject (Belly Dance Around the World: New Communities, Performance and Identity). You can follow her blog where she covers topics ranging from dance to data science.
Caroline Mathias
Caroline trained in ballet for several years before studying dance theatre at Trinity Laban in South East London. Originally from Herefordshire, she works as a dancer, teacher and stage manager. She loves theatre and performance, new writing, Shakespeare, site-specific and surprises. Great things happen in theatres. This year she is going to read more books.
Cecilia Wooding
Achieving a First Class degree in Politics, Cecilia chose a varied career in Adult Education, including research, lecturing in Politics, education management in a prison and an adult education college. More recently she has combined her educational research consultancy with studying for a degree in Art History at Birkbeck, London University. She graduated in 2009 with a First. Cecilia is further pursuing this interest and has recently returned from a month’s study tour of the major art galleries in Washington, New York, Boston and Chicago. She is also taking piano lessons again and enjoying playing chamber music. She has a particular interest in links between art, music and dance.
Charlotte Valori
Charlotte Valori read Classics at Christ Church, Oxford. As a classicist, her main interest is Greek tragedy (particularly Aeschylus' Oresteia) and its reception by later cultures, which gave her the excellent excuse to immerse herself in the best of theatre and opera at Oxford. And twelve years later, she’s still using it to justify what has become a lifelong passion, although she no longer has an exclusively classical focus. Charlotte also maintains strong interests in the wider worlds of literature, poetry, art and film.
Chloe Hodge
Chloe Hodge is a film and installation artist currently based in Surrey but working and living her life in London. She has been running a blog for the past three years which features exhibitions from the UK and across the world - a keen traveller, Chloe spent most of her student loan travelling around Europe looking for art wherever it could be found. Chloe recently graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art from Margaret Street School of Fine Art, Birmingham and is passionate about making, seeing and writing about art: a bookworm aspiring to become an art critic.
Chris Garlick
Chris Garlick is the co-founder of Signal Gallery in Hoxton. He became involved professionally in the visual art scene six years ago. His first degree was in music, training as a classical composer. Instead of pursuing a career in this, he opted to become a social worker. A career of over twenty years in local government and the NHS ended up with him being in a senior management post. Chris has always been a passionate art lover, so it was a dream come true when he took the plunge and started his own gallery. Chris has written about art frequently in Art of England magazine, Artist and Illustrator and for online blogs.
Chris Hislop
Chris was the theatre editor of One Stop Arts from 2012-2013, and has moonlighted as a theatre director, producer, reviewer, sound designer, playwright, facilitator and actor. His reviewing work in Edinburgh was nominated for the Allen Wright Award 2009, and his directing/producing work has been critically acclaimed in London, Brighton and Edinburgh.
Chris O'Shaughnessy
Christopher enjoyed a long and happy career as a teacher in London schools. Now retired, he is pursuing his interest in writing for the theatre. He completed an M.A. in Theatre (Playwriting) at Royal Holloway and is now an MPhil/PhD practice-as-research student at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is a dramaturg, researcher and performer for Encompass Productions. His one-act verse drama The Strokes was published in Platform magazine.
Christine Holley
Christine Holley is a practising visual artist from a communications and dance background. Her specialist subject is Ballets Russes and its impact on the visual arts, on which she both writes and presents illustrated lectures. You’ll find her written work on the subject in the National Library of Art at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Ballet archives and at other major arts establishments here and overseas. A graduate from University of the Creative Arts, she has developed her own style of abstract/figurative visual art which is influenced by dance/choreographic sensibilities. Her art is exhibited and sold in London and across the UK.
Cristina de Lucas
Cristina de Lucas has an interdisciplinary background in Law, English Philology and Ballet Studies. She is currently a PhD student at University of Roehampton, where she is passionately carrying out a research on four early narrative ballets by the British choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. She loves writing about dance and cinema, and contributes regularly to several publications in Spain and UK.
David Balcombe
David is a graduate of Manchester University's Drama Department and has enjoyed a career in theatre administration and production, television and the voluntary sector. As General Secretary of the National Youth Theatre he worked alongside its inspirational Founder and Director Michael Croft, until Michael's sudden death in 1986. David moved into television and spent seven years in production at ITN. After redundancy and various positions in the voluntary sector, David returned to the theatre and spent the best part of 10 years as Chief Executive of Chickenshed Theatre Company. As well as his passion for the performing arts, David greatly enjoys most sports and, having taken the plunge, is currently trying to forge his own career as a writer.
David Karlin
David Karlin is a co-founder of One Stop Arts and Bachtrack, and the editor of the One Stop Arts opera page. He is a musical omnivore interested in almost all types of music, but with a particular love of Italian opera.
David Richards
David has been writing reviews and articles for theatrical publications since January 2012, as well as collaborating on scripting a new musical. He has also worked, under a stage name, as an actor and choreographer, so endeavours to appreciate theatre from both a critic’s and actor’s perspective when reviewing, in order to give a rounded, fair and informed opinion. He is extremely passionate about theatre in all aspects. If not on stage, choreographing or teaching, he’s writing about it!
Deborah Brooks
Deborah is a writer who blogs about living in London with children at www.northlondonmums.com and about writing and parenthood at www.writingparents.com. She also writes book and arts reviews for a number of publications. Having been brought up in the sticks, she loves London and is passionate about ensuring that her children realise how lucky they are to grow up in one the cultural capitals of the world.
Edward Bowes
Currently asking himself; "What DO you do with a B.A in English", Edward is a recent graduate from the University of Reading. Whilst working towards a career in Publishing, Edward takes an interest in theatre, literature and music. He shoves his ramblings on the internet here.
Ellen Carr
Ellen is Artistic Director of Brighton based company Witness Theatre that she established in September 2011. A lot of her time is spent developing work for Witness but she also directs elsewhere and writes features for A Younger Theatre. Ellen writes for theatre and film and enjoys collecting stories from the world around her. She has a love of theatre that plays with multimedia and the magic of theatre. When she isn’t watching or making theatre she can be found making cake. Her musings theatrical and otherwise can be found at witnesstoexperience.wordpress.com and you can find her on twitter @racernell.
Ellen Elizabeth Stone
Ellen Elizabeth Stone is a freelance arts writer, cataloguer and researcher currently working at a gallery in Soho whilst completing her degree in Film and Visual Culture. Her key passions are contemporary art, especially video art. However, she isn't blinkered to one area of visual arts, as her interests range from medieval wood-cuts to contemporary performance art. You can read her blog ellenelizabethstone.wordpress.com or find her on twitter @eestone1.
Emily Goldthorpe
Born and bred in London, with a slight cockney accent, Emily has recently graduated from doing a Masters in Playwriting. She once dreamt of a career in acting but now writes plays, poetry and random scribbles on post-it notes. She loves watching theatre, writing for and about theatre and... well, anything else theatre related. She can also play the piano, hum a tune and eat lots of peanut M&M’s.
Emily Owen
Having recently graduated from Durham University, Emily Owen now works for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and has just started an Extended Artist Masters course in Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In addition to performing as a soprano, Emily also enjoys playing piano, clarinet and saxophone.
Emma Burch
Emma is a recent Nottingham University graduate with a degree in Classical Civilisation and a particular passion for Greek theatre. Currently living on a charming little island on the coast of Essex she loves to visit the theatre as often as possible and regularly volunteers at the Southwark Playhouse. She aspires to work in magazine publishing and in her spare time enjoys reading, writing, baking, and channelling the 90s in her fashion sense and music taste. She hopes to one day run her own tea shop, have a few published books under her belt and master the croquembouche.
Emma Cole
Emma Cole is a dramaturg, theatre reviewer and budding academic. She is currently completing a PhD at University College London on Greek tragedy in postdramatic and immersive theatre, and previously completed an MA in Reception Studies, focusing on the work of Katie Mitchell, and a B Arts in Performance Studies and Ancient History. She has worked on a number of fringe productions, as well as for Sydney Theatre Company and Playwriting Australia, and has a particular penchant for new writing.
Emma N Double
Emma N Double is an art historian, writer, arts film presenter, illustrator and Londoner. After studies at Camberwell College of Art and BA History of Art at UCL, she completed an MA History of Art at the University of York, working alongside York Art Gallery as the first Friends of York Art Gallery Research Scholar. Upon finishing her studies, she undertook an international volunteer heritage project in the South of France. She currently works as a communications officer for a contemporary art gallery in Nîmes, writes for numerous publications, and is a frequent blogger. You can find her on Twitter @EmmaNDouble.
Erato studied English at Cambridge and History of Art at the University of London. She has worked as a teacher, life model and film extra, and as a freelance writer and editor in international museum publishing. Her interests include writing fiction and poetry, and designing jewellery. She currently lives in central London.
Fiona Bradley
Fiona works for a big business media company, but her true passion lies in writing and theatre. Aged 5, she played the Lion in The Wizard of Oz at her local village hall wearing an old brownie uniform, which cemented her love of theatre. Since then she has helped set up the theatre company Idle Motion as well as fitting in interning positions at Paines Plough, Curious Directive, Merge Festival, Secret Cinema and the Southwark Playhouse. Fiona also writes her own blog where she advises others on fun, free/cheap things to do in London.
Frances Reed
Frances has a diverse background in the arts, from working with regional museums such as Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, to larger institutions like that of the Royal Academy. With an education in Fine Art and Art History, and a postgraduate degree in Museum Studies, Frances has academic and practical training in all things museums and heritage. She is a strong believer in the ways art can impact and enhance people's lives, demonstrated through her work with access events and programmes. This includes working within a variety of exhibitions, including Writers of Influence: Shakespeare to JK Rowling and David Hockney: A Bigger Picture. In between visits to museums and galleries, Frances enjoys making her own work through drawing and collage and is a dedicated runner and a keen cook.
Frances Wilson
Frances read Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English at the University of Exeter, and worked for ten years in specialist fine art publishing and antiquarian bookselling before she had her son. A classically-trained pianist, she holds a Diploma (Distinction) in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and runs a popular private piano teaching studio. In between reviewing concerts and exhibitions, and studying with international concert pianist, Penelope Roskell, she blogs on music, pianism and culture as The Cross-Eyed Pianist. Frances lives in south-west London with her husband, son, and Burmese cat, Freddy.
Francesca Vella
Francesca is a PhD student at KCL, where she is researching Verdi reception in late nineteenth-century Milan. Besides being interested in cultural history and the history of Italian opera, she loves the classical and romantic piano and chamber music repertoire.
Francis Beckett
Francis Beckett is an author, journalist, broadcaster, playwright and contemporary historian. The latest of his 17 books is What Did the Baby Boomers Ever Do For Us?, (Biteback, 2010). Laurie Penny wrote in the New Statesman that it "returns Sixties mythology to history. The mirror Beckett holds up to the recent past is smeared with the suffering of young people today." His most recent play is The London Spring, and Michael Billington wrote in the Guardian: "As a dystopian satire in the tradition of 1984 or A Clockwork Orange, his play has a graphic vividness... The virtue of Beckett's nightmare vision lies in its Orwellian detail and suggestion that the future contains echoes of the present." He is the editor of Third Age Matters, a national magazine published by the University of the Third Age.
Gemma Miller
Gemma is currently studying for a Masters Degree in ‘Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance’ at Birkbeck College, University of London. She hopes to continue in academia thereafter, pursuing a PhD and subsequently becoming a university lecturer. Her specific area of interest is Shakespeare and the modern stage. However, she also attends as many different plays as possible in order to better understand the Shakespearean productions within their contemporary theatrical and social environment. She draws on a variety of influences when compiling her reviews, including performance history, textual analysis, audience reception and socio-political context, in order to make them as informative and entertaining as possible.
George Slater-Walker
George recently graduated with a BA in Music at Magdalen College Oxford and is now pursuing the life of a horn player in London and elsewhere. His particular interest lies in fin-de-siècle Austro-German music and art.
Hanna Weibye
Hanna is a keen viewer and practitioner of all forms of dance, although ballet in both its classical and contemporary forms is her first love. A full-time PhD student studying German history at Cambridge, she occasionally escapes the library and the Fens to attend performances in London, and enjoys the opportunity to analyse and describe dance rather than German history. She has produced, choreographed for, and danced in ballet and contemporary productions at Cambridge, and continues to teach beginners ballet for the University Ballet Club.
Harriet Dopson
Harriet Dopson is a London graduate of Fine Art and Critical Theory. She enjoys being part of community projects and art events and has recently volunteered for the Islington based charity Rowan Arts. Harriet is particularly interested in site specific work as well as learning about 20th century art. She currently volunteers as a gallery assistant at the Estorick Collection in Highbury and Islington and at the Borough Road Gallery. Outside of the gallery Harriet enjoys reading poetry and exploring London.
Hatty Nestor
Hatty Nestor is an artist and writer living in London studying at Goldsmiths University. She is particularly interested in the conventions and ideas around art history and theory in modern culture, critiquing and questioning contemporary art culture today. Often reflecting on her own practice in relation to that of other artists, Hatty tries to add an element of personalisation to her writing, whilst leaving the reader with a question or new perspective on an exhibition, artist or movement. She also contributes to the Eastern European publication, Art Pit, and enjoys hearing and collaborating with new artists with a point of reference for her writing and practise.
Heather Deacon
Heather is a blogger and budding playwright living in London, who splits her time between fringe theatre, art exhibitions, charity shops and youtube. She has a degree in Theatre and enjoys conversations about lighting, backstage gossip and reviews. You can find her blog here.
Holly Black
Holly is Editorial Assistant at Art Quarterly and Co-Director of Bruno Glint Gallery in Clapton, East London. She holds a Masters in Curating from Chelsea College of Art and has a background in graphic design and visual communication. She also writes a blog based around feminist art practices and exhibitions: curatingwomen.tumblr.com.
Jaime Robles
Jaime Robles, a poet and book artist as well as reviewer, published her most recent book of poetry, Hoard, with Shearsman Books in January 2013. She has produced many of her texts as artist books, and her bookworks are in collections at the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley; The Beinecke Library, Yale University; and the Oulipo Archive in Paris, among others. Her poetry and reviews have been published in numerous magazines, among them Agenda, Conjunctions, New American Writing, Shadowtrain and Stride. She has written texts for several art song cycles and librettos for two one-act operas: Inferno (music by Peter Josheff), staged in 2009 by San Francisco Cabaret Opera, and Vladimir in Butterfly Country (music by Anne Callaway), which was staged in 2012. She recently submitted her doctoral thesis, Dark Lyric: Studying the Subterranean Impulses of Contemporary Poetry, at the University of Exeter, UK.
Jessica Bailey
Jessica Bailey is an aspiring playwright, writer and graduate of the University of Westminster with a joint degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. An avid reader, writer and visitor to the theatre with a great love of all arts, she plays the piano, and visits art exhibitions whenever possible. During her studies, she took part in varied projects and activities that ranged from working in museums to actually participating in excavations, learning a lot of skills along the way. She has also worked within a few theatre companies and contributes to the online Lomography camera magazine. Her blog can be found here.
Jessica Owens
Jessica is a graduate student currently studying at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck College in the MA in Text and Performance program. She completed her BA in Theatre and English & History Interdisciplinary Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. A songwriter, academic, and future theatre maker, Jessica moved to London to study and engage in the active theatre environment of London.
Jimmy Kelly
Jimmy Kelly is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing Masters Programme. He is writing some wordy stuff that in its current state of Platonic conception is basically like totally rad. He is single, non-threatening & enjoys sitting on the couch with a bottle of spirits weeping softly. He can be considered a reasonable practice date before you meet someone taller, hairier & less likely correct your pronunciation - although he has lied about his age & height & frequently gets his various online prosopopoeiae badly muddled. Consequently one of us is probably on the wrong website. If you want help with your English IB his rates are competitive.
Jo Sutherland
By day, Jo works as a campaign manager in broadcast PR... and by any other time, she can be found in a theatre or typing away somewhere in a corner. Jo is a first class Arts Management graduate, with a strong background in theatre, acting and creative writing. As an aspiring playwright, Jo's primary interest lies in new writing theatre. She's currently a freelance arts & culture writer for Spoonfed, and theatre assessor / social media geek for OffWestEnd.com. Jo recently joined the ScriptSpace reading team at the Space Performing Arts Centre, and is often cast in public readings of new plays. In her spare time, Jo is attempting to write her first novel...
Joe Crystal
Joe Crystal is a wannabe polymath who, much to the chagrin of several teachers, spent most of his youth making his classmates laugh, correcting their spelling and grammar and forging parents' signatures all of which served to protect him from being bullied. Despite this, following a lengthy prosperous career in the financial services sector, he turned to acting, singing and producing as a refuge from the perils of an ever-growing bank balance and is now comfortably among the poor huddled masses of the entertainment industry. He aims to provide crystal clear reviews of multiple theatrical genres without using, utilising, referring, turning or resorting to a thesaurus...
John Davis
John is a recent graduate from the University of Kent in Canterbury, having achieved a first class degree with honours in History and Philosophy of Art. While at university John began writing for the university newspaper and took a great interest in acting, appearing in numerous productions for the university drama society T:24. After taking a module in arts writing as a specific discipline, he realised the love he had for writing about art in all forms. Currently John splits his time between London, Norwich and Canterbury and has a great interest in art, literature, music and theatre.
John Patrick Egan
John Patrick Egan was born in Dublin, Ireland, and studied at Central Saint Martins (M.A. Fine Art). He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe, and his pieces are held in private collections in Dublin, London, Paris, Amman and Los Angeles. In addition to his own practice (which is primarily drawing and sculpture based), he works as an independent curator, reviewer, and portfolio advisor. A classically-trained violinist, he harbours penchants for old photos, so-bad-they're-good horror movies, and rioja.
Johnny Fox
After graduation, Johnny worked in the professional theatre for almost three weeks before discovering there was no money in it, and pursued instead a successful career designing interiors for investment banks, working in New York, Singapore and Moscow. Now back in the theatrical saddle and happily home in London, he’s reviewed for Whatsonstage.com and writes regularly for Londonist. He acts ‘sporadically’ most recently in a Radio 4 play and a dramatized documentary for National Geographic TV, but as a singer he’s notched up performances in Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and Sydney Opera House. His wider interests include architecture, food+wine, travel, photography, transport and politics.
Jonathan Russell
Jonathan Russell is a London-based composer, clarinetist, conductor, and educator, active in music ranging from classical to contemporary to klezmer. He is a member of the Edmund Welles bass clarinet quartet and the Sqwonk bass clarinet duo, and co-founded San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival. He holds degrees from Harvard University and San Francisco Conservatory, and is a PhD Candidate at Princeton University.
Josey De Rossi
Drama teacher & artistic director; awarded PhD in Theatre History from the University of Sydney. Writer and researcher of drama courses & textbooks. Between 2002 – 2007 worked as artistic director, developing performance projects for young artists using emerging technologies. Arrived in London from Australia in 2008 and to work in the UK as a education resource developer in her own company Fantastic Learning Systems, an educational services that puts drama at the heart of e-learning.
Julia Savage
Julia works behind the scenes at Westminster Abbey as an Editorial and Administrative Assistant. Outside of her job, she sings with a variety of ensembles in London and further afield, and undertakes freelance editorial and writing projects – from concert programmes to tasting notes. She is a keen concert- and opera-goer, but maintains a broad interest in the arts in general, and enjoys visiting museums and art galleries equally as much. On a rare weekend off, she may be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or exploring the National Parks on horseback.
Justine Malone
Justine is studying for an MA in Shakespeare & Contemporary Performance at Birkbeck College, and also works as a PA and freelance editor. Her illustrious acting career ended when her life as an academic began, and included starring roles as Puck, Jay Gatsby, and the old man who adopted Oliver in Oliver. Justine’s fan base never recovered from her premature retirement. She moved to London and got a contemporary haircut, and nothing was ever the same. Her favourite things in the world are; French bulldogs, holographic postcards of religious icons, convenient coat hooks in pubs and Ben Whishaw. Tweet @jubsmalo.
Karen Lipsedge
Karen has been a University Lecturer for eleven years and currently is a Principal Lecturer in English Literature at Kingston University. Karen’s research interests bring together Eighteenth-Century Literature, Art and Architecture and she has recently published a book on the representation of the domestic interior in Eighteenth-Century British novels. In her spare time, Karen is also an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and tries to see as many plays and exhibitions as she can.
Kate Mason
Kate is the Visual Arts and Museums editor for One Stop Arts, and the press coordinator for Bachtrack. Her interests lie mainly in modern and contemporary art, particularly early modernist movements. She has an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of York as well as a BA in English Literature/Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal. Kate is also a banjo player, and sings in both the London Trad Academy's Sea Shanty Choir and the North Camden Chorus.
Katja Vaghi
With a background in Literature and Linguistics (MA English Studies, Zurich University) and a formation as a modern dancer (Ballet Arts, NYC), Katja is a freelance dancer and choreographer and is currently a PhD student at University of Roehampton, Dance Department.
Katy Darby
Katy Darby’s work has been read on BBC Radio, and published in various magazines and anthologies including Stand, Mslexia, Slice and the Arvon and Fish anthologies. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Creative Writing from UEA, where she received the David Higham Award. She teaches Short Story and Novel Writing at City University and runs Liars' League, a short story reading night (www.liarsleague.com). Her first novel, The Whores' Asylum, ("a truly Gothic little gem" - Independent) was published by Penguin in February 2012, and will appear in paperback in September, under the title The Unpierced Heart. Her personal website is here.
Katy S Austin
By day, Katy works in the bizarre world of TV News. At other times, she sings soprano, plays violin, cycles about and listens to music. She's a graduate of both Bristol and City Universities and has been known to write libretti.
Ken Ward
Ken Ward spent most of his working life driving buses for Eastern National and London Buses. Having had an enthusiasm for the works of Bruckner since 1962, he became editor of The Bruckner Journal in 2005, but retains passionate interest in much other music. He was awarded The Bruckner Society of America 'Kilenyi' Medal of Honor in 2011.
Kitty Walsh
Kitty Walsh is an independent art researcher, working for top London art and antique dealers. She studied history of art as an undergraduate at Cambridge, before obtaining an MA, with distinction, in the Dutch Golden Age at UCL. Her main areas of specialism are old master sculpture and the decorative arts, which she discusses on her blog, Objects of Art.
Laura Dodge
Laura has a Master’s degree in Ballet Studies from Roehampton University and extensive experience as a dance teacher and in dance marketing. Her writing can be found in a number of magazines and websites including Dancing Times, Londondance.com and Londonist. Her blog is here and her Twitter profile is @dodgedance.
Laura Thornley
Laura made the trip down South eight years ago – but still manages to retain her Northern sense of humour at all times. Her background is firmly in Visual Art, having studied both its practice and history – but truth be told, she can't get enough of culture in all its forms. When she isn't chained to her desk she can be found indulging her love of horror films and seeking out the best vegetarian food, wherever in the world that may be.
Laura Walton
Laura studied Theatre at The BRIT School for four years before starting her BA studying Drama and Creative Writing at Kingston University. She has a strong interest in play writing and passion for writing screenplays. Born in London, the fringe theatre scene has been a pivotal influence and inspiration to her work, but you can often find her with her nose in a Shakespeare play. She is currently planning her third year dissertation writing a creative piece based on Shakespeare and his many unforgettable characters.
Lauren Humphreys
A graduate of Strathclyde University and a life-long theatre goer, it was a desire to promote theatre in her local area that led to the creation of www.glasgowtheatreblog.com. Since its launch Lauren has gone on to write features and reviews and conduct interviews for both print and online publications on the Scottish theatre scene.
Lauren Walters
My name is Lauren, I am a writer with a passion for all types of music, theatre and literature. My dearest love is my cat, yes, I am a mad cat lady, but I do have the sense to get out of the house once in a while to enjoy this beautiful world in every way I can! I love the arts culture in London and have a particular soft spot for Camden, which encapsulates many of my greatest obsessions including great food, quirky music, strange fashion styles and old books. ‘If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad’ - Lord Byron
Lyndsey Richards
Lyndsey has been a passionate writer for many years, challenging herself by writing in a variety of styles and genres. She has always had an interest in the arts, especially theatre and film, of which writing reviews is something she enjoys. Her other creative outlets include playing the guitar and writing poetry and lyrics to the music and performing them to friends. Currently, she is studying for a BA degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, endeavouring to find a career in writing or editorial work. Not overlooking her cat of course, who is always a wonderful inspiration for her!
Madelaine Jones
Madelaine is a pianist and writer studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. As a winner of the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Competition as part of a dance-piano duo, she has an active interest in cross-arts collaboration. Visit here to find out more.
Margaret Willis
Margaret studied ballet in Moscow for five years and later was a member of London City Ballet. A reviewer since 1978 for many newspapers and magazines including Dancing Times and Dance Magazine, Margaret is a specialist on Russian Ballet, and has written books on Russian Ballet and Carlos Acosta.
Marianka Swain
Marianka Swain is a London-based scriptwriter and journalist. Her stage plays have been performed at the Soho Theatre, Gate Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, Wilmslow Festival of One Act Plays, Battersea Arts Centre, Burton-Taylor Theatre, Oxford University and University of East Anglia, where she completed a Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) MA. She is currently working on scripts for stage, screen and radio. Marianka was a staff sub-editor and features writer for Country Life magazine and is now a regular contributor to Dance Today magazine and Bargain Theatreland. She is also available for corporate work. http://mkmswain.wordpress.com/ @mkmswain
Mary-Claire Wilson
Mary-Claire Wilson studied English Literature at Oxford University. Since then she’s written for Spike Magazine, Momaya Press, WorldReader, Cooldog e-zine and Readwave.com, as well as running her own art blog, which you can read here. Her reviews are on the Flowers Gallery website, and she wrote a recent catalogue essay on contemporary painting for the Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff. She also contributes regularly to the YouTube channel Erased Culture. Currently, she is gaining her second BA/MA, this time in Integrative Psychotherapy, and working on her first novel. She enjoys travel, theatre, cooking and polishing the floor. Tweet her @bitesizedmary.
Melissa Hok Cee Wong
Originally from Toronto, Melissa Wong completed a BA in Music (Honors) at Columbia University and an MA in Music Theory at McGill University. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in music at the University of Cambridge, where she writes about cover versions in popular music. She is also active as an organiser of community events exploring the relationship among music, technology, and urban space.
Mims Reilly
Mims recently graduated with a First in Creative Writing. Currently navigating the transition after university, she is indulging her passion for the arts while interning. As a former addict to extra-curricular activities, Mims was hooked into the arts at an early age, playing in a youth orchestra for several years. She also danced with the Cooper School of Dance for over 16 years, developing a love of ballet. Since leaving school Mims completed an internship in a casting department, further cementing her love of theatre. Her blog can be found at: mimsmusings.wordpress.com and you can follow her on Twitter @mimsoclock.
Miranda Blazeby
Miranda is a 22 year old graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London. As well as reviewing for One Stop Arts, she is currently editor and reviewer for What's Peen Seen and writes for both Gloobbi.com and Run With The Pack.
Nahoko Gotoh
Nahoko is a UK-based Japanese music journalist with a background in musicology. She writes regularly for various Japanese media including Ongaku no tomo and Mostly Classic magazines.
Natalie Ferris
Natalie Ferris: London and Brighton-based writer. Following three years of intellectual torment at Cambridge, she is enjoying the freedoms of London. As a writer, and intermittent artist, she is now studying for a Masters in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art.
Neon Kelly
Neon Kelly is a freelance journalist. Aside from One Stop Arts, he has also written for BBC Focus, Little White Lies and Time Out Guides. For the past four years he has been a video game critic, but please don't hold that against him. He currently lives in Brockley, along with a growing pile of half-finished scripts.
Niamh Bhalla
Niamh Bhalla is a doctoral researcher at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London where her research centres mainly on the social uses of byzantine art. She has extensive experience in writing, teaching and presenting on the visual arts in general. Having completed her BA in Art History at Trinity College, Dublin and her MA in Classical and Byzantine Art at the Courtauld, Niamh is now completing her PhD dissertation while regularly presenting her current research at academic conferences, speaking in the Courtauld Gallery and writing exhibition reviews. Niamh also writes for her own art historical blog at arthistoryinlondon.com.
Nicholas Marlowe
Nick studied Art History at the Courtauld and History at Cambridge. After working for thirty years in the book trade he is now a freelance writer and artist. His interests include breadmaking, touring historic battlefields, and trying to get above D4 on the flute (maybe it's time for the piccolo). He lives in Teddington.
Nik Way
Nik is a small town boy, counting his lucky stars to be living in the glare of London’s bright lights. He studies Creative Writing and Drama at Kingston University. He has two pieces published in ‘RiPPLE 2013’ and has performed his poetry live with Rhythm&Muse and the university at the Ram Jam Club and the Rose Theatre. He has strong opinions and is (almost) always right. He can occasionally be found making a fool of himself on stage around Kingston. He maintains a (mainly poetry) blog at www.nikofway.wordpress.com.
Nina Nethercott
Nina studied History of Art at the University of York, focusing predominantly on 18th and 19th-century British painting, with a thesis on Victorian imperial landscape photography. She also completed a Masters in Museum Cultures at University of London. Her thesis was an analysis of how texts within and outside of the exhibition space contributed to the development of an early exhibition culture of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1769. She is currently working in the museum sector and is passionate about the responsible upkeep of museum collections, increasing their accessibility, and the delivery of exciting exhibitions.
Ninaz Khodaiji
Ninaz Khodaiji first went on stage at age 16 and spent several years as a professional actor, before realising she wanted to direct. She has worked for over two decades in professional theatre as a director, writer, performer, programmer and producer. Ninaz has an MA in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University and trained as an actor at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Lee Strasberg Institute, New York. She was part of two international residencies with the Royal Court Theatre, through which she developed her play Insomnia. She was Writer in Residence at Oval House Theatre, where she developed and directed Strangers, as well as the London run of Insomnia. In 2007, she was a writer-director on the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music and has been involved with Visiting Arts’ Iran activity. Ninaz was Head of Asian Arts Development at Watermans, 2007-2012.
Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade
Ninfea is a Ph.D. student in Music Composition at Princeton University, where she holds the William Alexander Fleet Fellowship. Prior to this she studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music. As a cellist she is enthusiastic about performing new works. She is currently devising musical responses to a series of paintings by Egon Schiele. Her website is here.
Paul Comrie
Paul Comrie was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1980. He read English and Russian at Dalhousie University and King's College, Nova Scotia, and took an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He has worked as a journalist in Russia, the Caucasus and India. In 2009 he incorporated a business communications consultancy in Luxembourg, where he worked as a ghostwriter for the public and private sectors. His fiction has been published in Canada and in several European and UK magazines. In spring 2013 he realised a long-term goal and finally moved to London where he now works as a writer full time.
Paul Kilbey
Paul is Reviews Editor at Bachtrack and One Stop Arts. He has written on music and culture for publications including Culture Wars, the Huffington Post, the Independent and the Guardian. He holds BA and MPhil degrees in music from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and is particularly passionate about contemporary music of all types. His website is here.
Rebecca Steel
Rebecca is a human geography graduate of Durham University. Whilst studying, she chaired the arts committee at her college, arranging exhibitions for students and local artists. Since graduation she has pursued an interest in heritage and wildlife conservation, working for the National Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This interest, combined with an appreciation of fine art, stems from an artistic family upbringing in Suffolk. She also has an eclectic musical taste, enjoying a variety of gigs and occasionally wiping the dust off her clarinet to play a tune or two.
Reine Okuliar
Reine is the co-founder and director of Galerie E.G.P, a contemporary and emerging art gallery based in Paris and London. She travels between her native city and London that she made her home 5 years ago. Her interest is mainly in modern and contemporary art. Among her activities Reine curates exhibitions. To do so, she collaborates with art institutions worldwide. As an art advisor, she shares her expertise with people eager to form an art collection.
Renée Reitsma
Renée lives in Colchester and is a PhD student in philosophy. She loves all sorts of classical and non-classical music but has a particular love for Dmitri Shostakovich and Esa-Pekka Salonen. You can read her blog here.
Riccardo Pezzuolo
Riccardo is a young author, currently studying Creative Writing and Film Studies at Kingston University. He grew up in the countryside of northern Italy, and studied Cinema and Psychology at Albe Steiner College in Milan. In his childhood he fell in love with poetry and never stopped loving it since. He is genuinely passionate for novels and theatre, and has a great interest in fashion, psychology and garden design. At present he is completing his third year of university while working as screenwriter and content maker for Togather Studio, a newly born production company.
Rita Fennell
Rita Fennell is studying for an MA in Musuem Cultures at Birkbeck University London. She had always been fascinated with art and finally decided to take her interest further by taking a degree in Art History as a mature student. She hasn’t looked back from this life changing experience. Rita really enjoys engaging with visual art through exhibitions and her MA studies. She has created arts projects at Keats House and Benjamin Franklin House as a volunteer and intends to make a career change into the arts sector soon.
Roger Smith
Roger Smith was born in London and studied for an MFA in playwriting at The Lir, part of Trinity College Dublin. His plays have been performed all over the country to great acclaim, and have enjoyed success in competitions both here and abroad. They have also been translated into German, Italian, Spanish and Polish, and one of them, GUILTY SECRET, has been published by Oberon Modern Plays. He lives in London with his wife. rmstheatre.com
Sally Barnden
Sally is a PhD student working in performance history at King's College, having graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of York. She also moonlights as a tour guide and dabbles in theatre and film production. Since moving to London in 2010 she has tried to see as much theatre as possible. She worked as an usher in the West End and volunteered at the Roundhouse during the RSC residencies of 2010 and 2012, and blogs about performance at Euston Street Diaries.
Sam Wigglesworth
Sam studied music at King’s College London, briefly taking clarinet lessons with Mark van de Wiel. He grew up in Wakefield, Yorkshire, where a series of revelatory experiences at the nearby Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival cemented his passion for new music.
Sara Fielding
Sara Fielding lives in London and is an enthusiastic follower of live theatre. Her interest started when she met David Essex on stage during a performance of Godspell in the 1970’s – well, you have to start somewhere! During a stint of working abroad in South East Asia, where live English theatre productions were rare, she helped promote Theatreworks, a non-profit-making theatre company in Singapore. She subsequently became a member of the Bangkok Community Theatre and was involved in many aspects of amateur dramatics, playing Mrs. Burlap in RR Oliver’s farcical Imaginary Lines, the General in Guys and Dolls and, most importantly, the gorilla in the Christmas pantomime, as well as many chorus roles. Returning to the UK in 2003, Sara relinquished her thespian ambitions and became an avid theatregoer once again. She is a regular assessor with OffWestend.com and has covered and assessed Fringe shows across London for the Offies Awards over the last three years.
Sarah Jeffcoate
Having recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class degree in Ancient History, Sarah is currently living in Reading, but, being a huge theatre fan, she spends a great deal of her time in London. She has a passion for writing and hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry; working alongside talented authors would be her dream. At the moment, however, she can be found indulging her cultural side, frequenting the London theatre scene, or curled up with a cup of tea and a good book.
Sarah Reid
Sarah studied Music at Cambridge University, graduating in 2010. Since then she has been working in arts management with the Academy of Ancient Music and Steinway Pianos. She now works for Rhinegold Publishing coordinating their music directories and listings supplements. Sarah is a regular concert- and theatre-goer and appreciates most music – with the exception of heavy metal and Wagner.
Sarah Watkins
Sarah is currently researching a PhD on women and their relationships with food in early modern England, at Birkbeck, University of London. Her BA History and MA Early Modern History are both also from Birkbeck. She spends as much time as possible visiting museums, galleries and historic buildings. Going to the theatre is also high up on her list of favourite things to do. In any spare moments you are guaranteed to find her nose in a book. She blogs about books at AndThenIReadABook and tweets @janesharp1671.
Shiraz Engineer
Shiraz was born in South London and is a graduate of the Queen’s University of Belfast with a BA in English. At university she was involved in the Drama Society, appearing in The Screwtape Letters and Evita, as well as directing a performance of Waiting for Godot. Shiraz has reviewed a number of plays for The Gown, the student newspaper at Queen’s. She worked for the Shakespeare Schools Festival in 2012, a national charity aimed at helping schools perform Shakespeare plays in professional theatres. Shiraz currently works as an assistant director of a children's tuition centre in North London.
Simon Longman
Simon Longman is a writer from the West Midlands now based in London. He holds an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Manchester and rides a bike.
Sophie Keyse
After completing her Masters in History of Art, Sophie has translated her academic experience into professional circumstances as a curator, projects coordinator, writer and invigilator for a range of institutions, including the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the Biennale di Venezia. She moved to London from New Zealand because of the city's incredibly varied art scene, as well as its proximity to continental Europe. She hopes to one day complete a PhD in the modern period investigating the lesser-known abstract expressionists, but for now takes great pleasure attending exhibitions and practicing artistic analysis.
Stefan Nicolaou
Stefan is a freelance writer ingesting and reviewing all things arts and culture in the wond. He has written features for Catch 22, The Playground and Flux & Drapers magazine. He is currently deputy editor of .Cent magazine and a Tumblr rambler on youngpeopleclimbstairs.tumblr.com.
Steve Barfield
Steve Barfield has taught English Literature in Universities for some twenty-five years ( BA, MA and PhD) and his research interests include contemporary drama and performance. He has taught courses on play reviewing to undergraduates at the University of Westminster and for visiting academics and has reviewed theatre for a number of publications. He is widely published and his books include: Teaching Contemporary British Fiction, Beckett and Death, and Critical Perspectives on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: Essays on the Novels, the Film and the Stage Productions . He was managing series co-editor of the series Continuum Guides to Modern Theatre (9 vols.) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Asiatic Society.
Symone Keisha
Symone Keisha is an undergraduate at Kingston University studying Dance with English Literature. With an immense zeal in both subjects, she aspires to travel the world as a professional dancer, choreographer and critic. London born, she immersed herself in the arts developing her skills particularly in dance. She continues to build her credentials academically and practically. If she was not dancing and writing, you would find her at the athletics track. Follow her blog here: www.symonek.wordpress.com.
Tabish Khan
Tabish is a born and bred Londoner and freelance art writer and critic. He has been writing for Londonist since January 2012, with nearly 300 articles covering reviews, previews, opinion pieces and guides (http://londonist.com/profile/tabish). He also writes about his art musings on his blog http://londonartscene.blogspot.co.uk/.
Tom Oakley
I grew up in a rural community in the West Midlands where the local theatre brought a lot of people together and gave me the chance to experience a lot of different plays. I enjoyed watching the characters as much as I did performing them, which might explain why I went on to do a degree in Psychology then a masters in Acting. Since moving to London, I feel a bit poacher-turned-gamekeeper being a reviewer but I hope to offer no more than the perspective of someone who really enjoys a good show. I look for productions that engage you throughout and achieve what they set out to do. I like the opportunity to learn from actors and directors both when things work well and when they don't. Theatre, like life, is about taking risks and the bigger the risk, the more exciting a production can be.
Veronica Aloess
Veronica Aloess is an aspiring arts journalist and playwright, who trained at Arts Educational School London and is currently studying towards a BA in English with Creative Writing at Brunel University. She is co-founder of Don't Make Me Angry Productions which is dedicated to original writing and innovative performance.
Will Howard
Will Howard is a London based Creative Writing student. He started out writing for Fringeguru.com for the 2012 Edinburgh after two and a half years of writing music journalism, and he still hasn’t quite got his head around the idea of other people valuing his opinions but he won’t start complaining now. He’s been into theatre for nearly ten years now and is relishing the prospect of writing about it for the very first time.
Will Jennings
Will is a visual artist and photographer largely interested in the manmade environment, landscape, memory and psychological order, often aligning in areas of concern with his previous occupation in conservation architecture. His reviewing and writing interests lay in conceptual and contemporary arts predominantly, though has a strong interest in the built environment, music and the crossover of culture and history. His website is willjennings.info.
William Andrews
Originally from the UK and educated at King's College London, William Andrews moved to Japan in 2004. After a stint in Osaka, he now works in Tokyo as a translator, editor and writer. He has translated Japanese plays and contributed to a variety of online and print media. He blogs on Japanese theatre at www.tokyostages.wordpress.com/.
Zak Hulstrom
Zak moved to London from Chicago in order to pursue his passion for music and the arts. He blogs about these passions and the oddities of daily life here, but particularly enjoys promoting artists through his writing. Zak’s linguistics and music background have helped him explore the creative link between language and sound, which may explain his soft spot for pop music too. He plays the euphonium in two symphonic bands.