About

the IT in pITtsburgh.

bon vi·vant  noun  :  a person who enjoys engaging in social occasions, having cultivated and refined tastes especially with respect to food, drink, arts and entertainment.

‘Burgh Vivant is an online magazine and interview program that promotes and encourages the unique culture of the city of Pittsburgh through journalistic reporting, qualified reviews, and candid interviews with Pittsburgh’s artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, and newsmakers.   In doing so, ‘Burgh Vivant provides widespread exposure to the city’s many valued attractions and cultural organizations, large and small, and an opportunity for entrepreneurs and artists to show a side of themselves perhaps seldom seen by their patrons.  The interviews are fun, tongue-in-cheek, sometimes way off topic, and usually conducted over cocktails.  So pour yourself another and tune in to what’s happening in the Steel City!

The ‘Burgh Vivant Mission:  To promote the arts and advance cultural awareness in the greater Pittsburgh region through engaging multimedia content and strategic community partnerships.

 

Culture?  Covered.

Writers WantedIn addition to its special guest interviews, ‘Burgh Vivant’s growing network of contributors are sitting down for a cocktail and sharing their reviews, features, and commentary on local events, performances, restaurants, and much more.  Got what it takes to be a ‘Burgh Vivant contributor?  Contact us today!

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‘Burgh Vivant’s media outlets provide local businesses a direct opportunity to reach customers who have their finger on the pulse of Pittsburgh’s arts and culture through its web, video and podcast advertising, sponsorships, social media, strategic partnerships, and its ever growing database.  Is your bar or restaurant looking to net the post-theater crowds?  Is your hotel hoping to boost its bookings of Cultural District visitors?  Can your product or service benefit from a direct connection to Pittsburgh’s culturally-minded?  Let’s talk!

 

The ‘Burgh Vivants

Brian Edward
Executive Producer, Host

Brian Edward is a cultural administrator, arts educator, performing and literary artist, director and playwright, an avid scholar of art and film, and a proud Pittsburgh native.  He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque, and has been a featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwrights Festival.  Locally he has performed with The REP, 12 Peers Theater, Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, and The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, where he was named Outstanding Leading Actor in 2011 and 2012.  Brian was named among the top supporting actors in Pittsburgh by the Post Gazette in 2001, and among the top leading actors in 2002.

As an Art Curator he has directed several national and international art exhibitions, working with such popular artists as Howard Behrens, James Coignard, Glenna Goodacre, and Burton Morris. Brian has conceived and hosted several major cultural events including the 2006 “Savoir Affair, ” alongside Sara Moulton, Executive Chef of Gourmet Magazine and host of Food Network’s show Sara’s Secrets, as well as Antiques Roadshow appraiser and former President of Christie’s East, Kathleen Guzman.  He has been a featured presenter at Nemacolin Woodlands’ “Royal Reception, ” hosted annually by Robin Leach.  Among his published works is Wright Perspectives, a detailed look at the influence of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, including interviews with architect and Wright student David Merritt, Bernadine Hagan, and The Lord Palumbo of Walbrook.

He has emceed numerous charitable events and film festivals, is frequently quoted in print and radio, and has been a recurrent guest on the CBS-KDKA morning show, Pittsburgh LIVE Today.

 

 

Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli
Contributor

Mike Buzzelli

Mike Buzzelli is a stand up comedian and published author. As a comedian, he has performed all around the country, most notably, the Ice House, the Comedy Store and the Improv in Los Angeles. He has performed in Pittsburgh as well, most notably for several local charity events such as Cabaret for a Cause, The GLSEN Awards, and Brewing Up a Cure. As a writer, Mike has been published in a variety of websites, magazines and newspapers. He is an active board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, the Carnegie Arts Initiative and the Carnegie Screenwriters. His book, Below Average Genius, is a collection of humor pieces culled from his weekly column in the Observer-Reporter, is on sale now at Amazon.com.

 

 

 

Lonnie Jantsch
Contributor

LonnieJantsch

Lonnie “the Theatre Lady,” retired after 32 years of teaching in the Chartiers Valley School District to pursue varied interests coast-to-coast and around the world, though most notably the appreciation of Pittsburgh’s many theatrical venues. She has provided her down-to-earth and always entertaining assessments of the theatre in New York, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Sacramento, and other cities far and near – but as a subscriber to Pittsburgh’s most prominent theatre companies for over 25 years, the Steel City remains her favorite place for the performing arts.  For ‘Burgh Vivant, she offers reviews and features of the city’s many live performances and events from a true Pittsburgher’s point of view.

 

 

 

Tiffany Raymond
Contributor

Tiffany Raymond has her PhD in 20th century American drama from the University of Southern California where her award-winning dissertation focused on labor and social protest theatre. She also has two master’s degrees, one from the University of Southern California and one from the University of Tennessee. Tiffany is a Pittsburgh transplant who loves bragging about her adopted home city and writing about Pittsburgh’s lively arts scene.

 

 

 

Claire DeMarco
Contributor

Claire retired from BNYMellon after 28 years where she worked in the Information Technology field, specializing in systems development auditing and IT risk assessments. Now she has more “play time” available to see even more plays in the Pittsburgh area and participate in other cultural events.  Claire is an active board member of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and is a member of the da Vinci Council of the National Italian American Foundation.

 

 

 

Sue Kerr
Contributor

Sue Kerr is a social worker, activist, and blogger. She founded the Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents blog in 2005. She was voted Best Local Blogger by the Readers of the City Paper in 2016 and her site won the OUTstanding Blog category in the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards. Sue completed a two year artistic residency with Most Wanted Fine Art gallery where she developed her Q&A speciality focusing on creators, politicians, business leaders and other interesting neighbors. Sue is a columnist with the local alt-paper, The Pittsburgh Current, and has contributed to PublicSource, Huffington Post, Shakesville, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can find Sue on Twitter @PghLesbian24 or Instagram @PghLesbian.

 

 

 

Delana Flowers
Contributor, Communications Manager

Delana Flowers is a creative writer and journalist who has also made a name for herself as a singer, actress, model, and spoken word artist.  After receiving her Bachelors of Arts in English and Journalism from Millersville University, she began reporting for several print and online publications throughout Pennsylvania, and served as Copywriter for the American Economic Review, and national retailers Bon-Ton, and Dick’s Sporting Goods

Since moving to Pittsburgh, Ms. Flowers has written reviews for online magazines, songs for special causes, and poetry for spoken word events.  As a singer and actress, she has been seen locally in such acclaimed stage productions as Dreamgirls (Pittsburgh Musical Theater), John Henry: Mechanics of a Legend (Hiawatha Project), and Dinah (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company).   Her instincts as a writer, coupled with her affinity for arts and culture, make her a strong and welcome addition to the ‘Burgh Vivant team.

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Heidi Baldt-Matthews

Michael Buzzelli

Claire DeMarco

Brian Edward

Lonnie Jantsch

Marcia Metelsky

Christopher Sepesy