Ever since Josh Austin sprayed the audience as Odie the skunk in “Winnie The Pooh”
at age seven, he has been hooked on theatre. Being fortunate enough to act and
direct local theatre in his hometown, Josh now has an inextinguishable passion for
theatre and arts. As college neared, Josh had no clue what he wanted to do with
his future. It was not until a high school teacher pointed out that he should write.
Earning a bachelor’s degree in professional writing with a minor in theatre from
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Josh’s passion shifted from the stage to the
pen. Now, studying for his master’s in arts journalism from Syracuse University, Josh
looks forward to sharing his passion constantly.
Megan Paolone is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is originally from Long Island, N.Y. and received a duel BA in history and Spanish from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2012. During her time at Geneseo, Megan developed a near-addiction to writing, editing and all things AP Style after working on Geneseo’s student-run newspaper The Lamron. As a journalist, she looks forward to learning for the rest of her life as she reports, writes and edits. Megan is currently the blog editor at The NewsHouse and a music blogger at 20 Watts. Connect with her on Twitter (@meganpaolone) or on LinkedIn.
Paige Cooperstein met this year’s Green Room Reviews editor during a high school production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” She curled her hair like a proper lady to play the love interest Elaine, and leant an attaché case to Josh Austin for his portrayal of the psychiatric hospital administrator Mr. Witherspoon. Five years later, through karmic synergy, they ended up in the same graduate program for Arts Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Paige comes to Green Room after studying English at The Pennsylvania State University, where she created the “Art Actually” blog. Armed with interests in culture reporting, double-feature watching, and ASL and Spanish communication, Paige can’t wait to chronicle what the Syracuse theatre scene has to offer.
If Greg Cwik, essayist and aspiring film and pop-culture scholar, could have a dinner party with anyone, regardless of their current state of mortality, he would invite David Foster Wallace, Miles Davis, Orson Welles (when he was fat and had a beard), Albert Camus, Jonathan Lethem, David Byrne, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Pauline Kael, and David Lynch. Greg likes coffee, sweaters, beards, references to Philip Marlowe, and back day at the gym. He went on a date once and it was scary.
Nick DeSantis’s “experience” with theater primarily involves performing in a few improv shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City and sitting in the audience for a few on and off-Broadway shows. For a guy raised on comic books, music videos and underground animation, theater always seemed a bit impenetrable to him. However, after completely losing himself in hysterics during a preview of The Book Of Mormon, that opinion is quickly beginning to change. Nick graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Computer Graphics, which he hopes to parlay with his current pursuits in Arts Journalism into a pretty nifty visual storytelling portfolio. An avid music fan, he obsessively tries to see as many live shows as his schedule allows.
Melanie Deziel is an aspiring editor, a devoted tweeter and a coffee connoisseur. In an attempt to prepare herself for the life of an editor, she’s tried her hand at reporting, reviewing, column writing, copyediting, page designing, social media, blogging and more. As she studies for her master’s in arts journalism at Syracuse University, she is working on adding photography and web skills to the list. Though Melanie is definitely more into street art than theater, her eye for the aesthetic can come in handy when reporting on the performing arts. She’s excited to see where the future takes her, but is not-so-secretly hoping it takes her to New York City.
Eesha Patkar’s only stint in drama was enacting scenes from the “Harry Potter” series in the confines of her parents’ living room. After enduring this painful debacle, her supportive, but exhausted parents finally convinced her that it was writing and not acting where her fame lay. The next ten years were consumed in reading as many books as she could get hold of, and eventually earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English from the University of Mumbai. Eesha now spends her time learning how to report and critique the arts and culture in the Goldring Arts Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She only secretly imagines that wonderful alternate life of signing autographs as a rich and famous actor.
Christina Riley’s career in theater started at a young age. At 9, she founded “Young Theater,” an independent theater company, with her little sister and brother. From there, at 13 years old, she wrote and co-directed her first major play, “Brown vs. Board of Education: The Case that Changed America” with a local youth group in her hometown of Cordele, Georgia. Since then, her passion for theater has grown with her. Christina continued to write plays and has worked on the communications/marketing side of the theater industry too. Currently pursuing her Masters in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University, Christina is continuing to make her dreams a reality and positive contributions to the theater world.