Erim (she/her) is a North Carolina writer and entertainer. She won her first writing contest at age 16, then won a poetry competition at age 19 and has continued publishing essays and articles ever since. She enjoys performance arts of all kinds, focusing on arts events and local festivals for Chatham Life & Style. She volunteers at local festivals and artist-supporting organizations like Triangle Artworks. Erim began writing for Chatham Life & Style in 2019.
Dustin (he/they) holds a Master of Arts in Education from East Carolina University and has worked as a theatre maker in the triangle for more than twenty-five years as an award-winning director, actor, stage manager, playwright, intimacy choreographer, producer, designer, and teacher. He specializes in student, community, and professional theatre, dance, cinema, music, and comedy as well as arts accessibility and queer politics. Dustin is a script reader for the National Playwrights Conference and adjudicates festivals and student productions regularly. He is a jury member at the Nevermore Film Festival and a member of the board of directors of the OutSouth Queer Film Festival. His writing has appeared in Indy Week, Carolina Parent, Pedal Fuzz, Triangle Arts & Entertainment, and Chatham Life & Style, where he has written since its founding in 2018.
Philip (he/they) is a long-time resident of North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied Dramatic Art and Music with a concentration in vocal performance. He also attended the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, where he specialized in Baroque opera and dance. He continues to perform in the area with notable previous performances with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and UNC Baroque Ensemble. He primarily writes about opera and classical music performance, but he also contributes to writing about a wide variety of theatre styles. Philip began writing for Chatham Life & Style in 2019.
Rachel (she/her) is a producer, writer, and community organizer serving as Graduate Program Coordinator for the PhD in Geospatial Analytics at NC State University. She co-founded Cutler Bay Community Theatre in Miami, FL and served on the board of the National Women’s Theatre Festival. Rachel has previously published pieces for national publications on topics including infertility, feminism, and dismantling white supremacy. She writes as one half of Chatham Life & Style’s Mom & Son team, which reports on educational experiences and family arts events. Rachel began writing about family and children's events for Chatham Life & Style in 2019.
Lauren (she/her) has lived in the triangle for close to a decade and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned Bachelor's degrees in Music and Communications. She is a classically trained lyric soprano, but sings and has performed both opera and musical theatre. Lauren is the associate music director of a church, and was previously a voice teacher for four years. She covers a variety of performing arts for Chatham Life & Style, where she has been writing since 2019.
Naveed (he/him) is a British-born Pakistani and makes his home in North Carolina as an IT Business Development professional. An actor, producer, and photographer, Naveed volunteers with the American Friends Service Committee on issues of social justice and peacebuilding and serves on the Board of Directors for Raleigh-based Bare Theatre. Naveed reports on theatre and musical performance and is a photographer at www.fractalsedge.net. Naveed began writing for Chatham Life & Style in 2019.
Alex (she/they) is a professional singer-songwriter and music critic based in Durham, NC. They write, perform, and record under the name Riggings and own/operate Horse Complex Records. As Riggings, al Riggs, VAXXERS, and Criswell Brushes, they have performed at large-scale festivals, recorded with popular musicians nation-wide, toured nationally, and appeared on numerous podcasts. They have recently served as musical director for multiple local theatre productions and composed a full-length original score. Alex’s album reviews, concert reviews, and festival diaries have also appeared in Shfl, Pedal Fuzz and Rezonatr. Alex began writing for Chatham Life & Style in 2019.
Destiny (she/her) is a Black and Indigenous 20-year-old Femme who is a direct lineal descendant of North Carolina’s free people of color--families who originally lived in a tribal community along with enslaved African ancestors. On stage she performs as an actress and singer. Behind the scenes she works in stage management and theatre tech. In addition to being active as a performer and crew member, she is a writer and advocate for inclusivity and accessibility in the arts. Destiny began writing for Chatham Life & Style in 2020.
Benaiah wrote about the performing arts for Chatham Life & Style from 2020 to 2021.
Cecilia wrote about local food and farming for Chatham Life & Style from 2019 to 2021.
Michele wrote about the performing arts and cultural events for Chatham Life & Style from 2019 to 2020.
Germôna wrote about music and theatre for Chatham Life & Style from 2019 to 2023.
Serayah wrote about the fine and performing arts for Chatham Life & Style from 2022 to 2023.
Ivana wrote about the performing arts for Chatham Life & Style from 2019 to 2020.
Byron wrote about the performing arts for Chatham Life & Style from 2021 to 2023.