Meet Our Staff! Comprised of members from around the country, our staff works hard to bring you the content that you read each and every day. 


Addie Whelan: Managing Editor

Addie Whelan is a recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, with a major in Advertising/Public Relations and minors in Photography and Marketing. Hailing from the great state of Minnesota, Addie moved to Chicago to study at Loyola, but also to be a part of the music scene.  You can always find Addie at a concert, trying new foods or in line for an iced coffee.

Gabi Talisman: Director of Content

Madeline Shiffer, Deputy Editor & Online Content Manager

Aside from being an avid coffee junkie and serial Netflix binger, Madeline has been part of the BTS family since March of 2016. As a film and writing major by day and a music lover by always, there’s really been no home like BTS for Madeline. Her quick rise from staff writer to Deputy Editor has been one of the most cherished accomplishments, and she is continually grateful to be part of such an incredible team. Ask her about any shot in any 1975 music video and you set off a wild domino effect of passionate fireworks. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Alicia Rangel, Art Director

Alicia Rangel commonly referred to by her nickname Alice is a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Marketer in South Texas. She is a recent graduate of The University of Rio Grande Valley with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and minors in English and Marketing. While studying at the university she began to experiment mixing her love for photography, design and music; it is in this time that she found her love for working with the music industry.

Stone Fenk: Photo Editor

Stone Fenk is a Graphic Design student at Pittsburgh Technical College. When he’s not at school, he’s probably out shooting a show for BTS. He started with BTS as a photographer after doing photos at Thrival Festival 2015. Since then, he has progressed to the title of Photo Editor, while taking pictures of his favorite musicians such as Brand New, Wolf Alice, and many more. When he’s not at shows, you can find him using the dog snapchat filter constantly or being the most avid double texter of the BTS staff.

Charlotte Freitag, Deputy Editor

Charlotte Freitag is a music journalist, photographer, and R&B producer living in New York City.

Charlotte is currently working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in recorded music at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She recently began working for Complex Media as a writer for Pigeons & Planes. She serves as a deputy editor at Beyond The Stage Magazine, an online music publication featuring artists of all major genres. This summer, she completed an internship at Sony Music Entertainment, RCA Records, where she worked in the publicity department. She also works as a freelance portrait and live music photographer.

After she graduates from New York University in 2020, Charlotte plans to pursue a career in A&R, music programming, music supervision, licensing, or music journalism.

Lauren Klonowski, Contributing Writer

Lauren Klonowski is an avid music fan and writer. You most likely will find her at a pop rock show in Cleveland (or occasionally Pittsburgh). Since graduating from the University of Mount Union in 2016, she is now currently working in the communications field as an editor. She hopes to one day work directly with artists, and help them get their music out into the world through marketing and PR.

Delaney DeAngelis, Contributing Writer

Delaney DeAngelis is a public relations and new media student at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She has always been interested in music and writing, and started by writing album reviews for her high school newspaper. Delaney joined Beyond the Stage in 2014 and has enjoyed it ever since. When she’s not doing homework or writing for Beyond the Stage, she enjoys exploring Detroit, looking at dog photos, and eating potatoes. She also strongly believes that the album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic! at the Disco deserved a Grammy.

Kara Johnson, Contributing Writer

Kara Johnson has been writing for as long as she can remember. She started writing about music when she was a sophomore in college when she discovered the online publication Portrait Magazine. During the time, she’s had the opportunity to interview celebrities such as, Laura Marano, Avan Jogia and Amanda Seyfried. Since then, she has come a long way. She’s landed interviews with Keith Urban, RaeLynn, Adam Wakefield, Brooke Eden and much more. She has also been in attendance for the CMA Awards and hopes to continue a full-time career in writing and journalism. While she isn’t writing, she enjoys Netflix, coffee shops, traveling and playing with her dog.

Maya Alfia, Contributing Writer

Maya Alfia likes to think of herself as a music critic, except not the good kind. She often writes articles, blog posts, and album reviews for Beyond the Stage as well as angry political rants for Twitter and is proud to be part of the BTS staff. She enjoys spending time with her dog and procrastinating, usually done together. She hopes you will donate to her Kickstarter to bring back Vine so people can finally understand the obscure references she makes.

Elizabeth Zeledon, Contributing Writer

Elizabeth is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Irvine and has been active in the music industry for several years, first as an attendee of concerts and then as a writer of music news. She is also a regular consumer of coffee, music, and books–not necessarily in that order—and would probably sell her soul to The Front Bottoms if they asked.

Courtney Cook, Contributing Photographer

Courtney is a photographer originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. After high school, she moved to Texas to attend Baylor University. While at Baylor, Courtney started experimenting with concert photography and fell in love. Since then, she has photographed various concerts and music festivals. After graduating Baylor in 2016, Courtney moved to Orlando, Florida, to pursue her dreams.

Kristen Humphries, Contributing Writer

Kristen is a self-professed Spongebob expert, residing in Philadelphia, PA. She’s a senior Communication Studies major, finishing her last semester at West Chester University. Having cultivated her career around music, Kristen was Production Manager of her campus radio station, interned for a recording studio in Los Angeles, and taught herself guitar and songwriting. She knew she was in this for life when her mom wouldn’t let her listen to Blink-182’s “What’s My Age Again?” when she was a kid – so she did it anyway (what a little emo punk, right?). Over the years, Kristen has fallen in love with everyone from The Maine to Jack Johnson to Third Eye Blind to The 1975. Talk to Kristen about dogs, hot sauce, and the beach and she’ll be your best friend, probably.

Penelope Martinez, Graphic Designer

Penelope is a photographer based out of Chicago, IL. She is a dog and Doctor Who enthusiast, and can often be found at your local Nandos. She picked up photography in high school and picked up graphic design and videography along the way.

Alyssa Buzzello, Contributing Photographer

Marissa Sandoval, Contributing Photographer

Marissa currently attends the University of Southern California majoring in Political Economy and minoring in Entertainment Industry and Cinema Studies. Her parents took her to her first concert when she was six months old and her love of music has only grown since then. Besides music, Marissa’s interests include binge watching The West Wing for the fifteenth time, trying to find a place to hide a bed in Disneyland, and attempting to keep her status as Moana’s #1 fan including her petition to have the envelope for “Best Original Song” rechecked because “How Far I’ll Go” definitely won the Oscar.

Anna Xu, Contributing Photographer

Chelsea Gresh, Contributing Photographer

Evan Olea, Contributing Photographer

Samantha Aneed, Contributing Writer

Sydney Russo, Contributing Writer

Taylor Cleek, Contributing Photographer

Valerie McIntyre, Contributing Writer