The Team

Dawn Thornton, MFA

Founder and Contributor

Dawn Thornton, MFA, is a freelance writer, playwright, and theater critic based in Charlotte and has been writing since high school when she enrolled in her first creative writing course. After she received an undergraduate degree in Psychology, she worked in corporate America until she couldn't ignore her passion any longer. She decided to attend Queens University where she received a Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in Writing for Stage and Screen. While there she became a member of Theatre Charlotte's former award winning resident playwriting group, Playwrights in Progress. She has also written for Essence magazine, Charlotte's former Uptown magazine, and the retired Arts a'la Mode website.

She also writes for local sites such as CharlotteFive and has recently created her own blog about motherhood. She is currently working on a novel as well as ideas for a series of children's books.

Check her out at if you have some free time!

Lydia Arnold

Lydia attended Davidson College and has a Bachelor of Creative Arts from UNC Charlotte. She has worked in the arts, both creatively and administratively for more than 30 years. Lydia has had articles and interviews published in the Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing, and ArtSavant. More recently her reviews have appeared in Arts a'la Mode and now here.

She is pleased to support the arts with her continuing involvement with Artsy Charlotte and other publications.

    Guest Contributors

    Occasionally, Artsy Charlotte extends invitations to wonderful writers that love Charlotte's performing arts scene just as much as it's founder. Guest contributors will always offer integrity and enthusiasm to their reviews as they take pride in promoting the arts in and around the Queen City.

    Are you interested in becoming a guest contributor? Simply send your resume, along with your BlogSpot link (if applicable) and three writing samples to

    Please note that any unsolicited reviews or opinion pieces will not be considered.