Arts & Culture Staff

Senior Editor

Paul Hodgins was born in Canada, where he studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music and became a professional accompanist by the age of 20. Hodgins worked widely in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. as an accompanist and music professor at Simon Fraser University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, Nonington College (Kent), Eastern Michigan University, and many festivals. He moved to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in the 1980s and has lived here ever since, completing his doctorate in musical composition at the University of Southern California. READ MORE »

Managing Editor

Heide Janssen most recently worked for almost five years at the Orange County Register where she was recruited to develop and curate their Varsity Arts section. Varsity Arts was dedicated to weekly stories and news about high school arts programs and students, giving arts students the same recognition that student athletes long enjoyed. The Varsity Arts section was the first of its kind in the nation and has since inspired similar sections in other regional newspapers. She also developed and continues to produce the Artist of the Year program which honors the top theater, dance, instrumental and vocal music, 2D and 3D visual arts, and film/animation students in Orange County. READ MORE »


Timothy Mangan served as The Orange County Register’s classical music critic from 1998-2016. He is a contributor to Opera News and the Los Angeles Times, and he has also written for The Baltimore Sun, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Musical America and Gramophone, among other publications. In 1999 he won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for his writing on classical music.


Eric Marchese has written more than 2,000 articles – reviews, features, news stories and profiles – for The Orange County Register’s Arts & Entertainment, Life and features sections and for many of the paper’s Advertising Special Sections projects. He has reviewed theater for the trade paper BackStage and has a broad-based background encompassing writing, editing, copy editing and proofreading for numerous Southern California-based trade magazines, newspapers and newsletters.


Kaitlin Wright covered the arts for The Orange County Register from 2013-2017, specializing in dance. She studied dance and literary journalism at the University of California, Irvine. Kaitlin teaches dance in Orange County and performs professionally.

Visual Arts

Richard Chang is an arts and entertainment reporter, editor and critic who has written for a number of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, ARTnews, Modern Painters, Art + Auction,, L.A. Weekly, Art Ltd., Montage Magazine, Omni Escapes, THE Journal, Laguna Beach Magazine and the OC Art Blog. He served as The Orange County Register’s arts reporter and visual arts critic for almost 15 years. He currently teaches journalism at Cal Poly Pomona and serves as the faculty advisor to The Poly Post, the student newspaper and website. In 2010, he shared the O.C. Press Club Award for Best Blog in Orange County with Paul Hodgins and Timothy Mangan.