Regular readers know that our longtime theater critic, James Reel, recently "retired" from the Tucson Weekly (although he's still stepping in to help out when I am on vacation, and for that, I thank him).
The theater-reviewing duties have been taken up by two people: Sherilyn Forrester and Nathan Christensen. I asked each of them to write up a bio, and here they are (edited for space).
Sherilyn Forrester: Scene: A darkened stage. A spotlight cuts the dark revealing Sherilyn Forrester lounging on a chaise, center stage. She is flipping through the newly published History of Theater in Tucson Since the Late 1970s. She searches for her name. Ah, here we go. Actor, singer/songwriter, playwright, educator, writer, theater reviewer (?!), B.A., summa cum laude, Lipscomb College, majors in literature and communications. M.A., Department of Dramatic Arts, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She sighs. Then feeling she might not be alone, she looks around as the lights come up slowly, revealing dozens of people she recognizes as those with whom she has worked over the years. She rises from the chaise and joins her colleagues. A moment in the spotlight is OK, but the real deal is being a part of The Company.
Nathan Christensen grew up in Bartlesville, Okla. Nathan grew up playing classical violin, soloed with the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra and composed a women's quartet at age 19 that is being performed internationally. At Brigham Young University, Nathan discovered drama classes were much more fun than music courses, and ended up graduating with a degree in playwriting. He attended New York University's graduate musical theater writing program, and began working with composer Scott Murphy. They wrote Broadcast, a musical about the history of radio, which earned them awards and a spot on the Dramatists Guild's "50 To Watch" list. They are working on a musical adaptation of Lois Lowry's novel The Giver. Nathan moved to Tucson to attend an entrepreneurship program at the UA. So far, Nathan loves living in Tucson, and he thinks it would make a great setting for a new musical some day.