Danielle Levsky is an instructional designer, arts and culture reporter, theater critic, essayist, poet, and vocalist.
Danielle is passionate about people. Her experiences revolve around making others’ lives more dynamic, engaging and accessible. In instructional design, her courses focus on presenting intricate and detailed information through compelling content, training materials, visual aids and documentation in a variety of instructional formats. In arts journalism and creative writing, her work focuses on featuring people, ideas, and principles that highlight the experiences of diverse audiences.
As a trilingual and multifaceted writer, she focuses on industries that are both creative and analytical. Currently, she has two, working roles: an instructional designer and training manager for property management software company SMS Assist, and the theater editor for local Chicago arts web magazine Scapi Magazine. She is in the last stages of getting certified as a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).
She has covered community news, arts/culture reviews, lifestyle editorials and arts/culture events for several publications. A former pagination designer/copy editor for the Chicago Tribune, her work has been published Newcity Magazine, Hellogiggles, Mental Floss, Thrillist, Pittsburgh City Paper, Femsplain, among others. Danielle’s main interests lie in cultural criticism, especially related to theater, music, literature, and feminism.
In February 2018, Danielle was awarded the Tikkun Fellowship by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Russian Jewish Division. Through February 2019, she will create a collection of creative nonfiction essays that focus on the many facets of her identity, specifically honing in on her Jewish, American, Ukrainian and Soviet heritages and how they have informed her experiences as a woman, feminist and writer.
Before launching her professional career, Danielle earned a B.A. (cum laude) in English writing with a minor in French language and literature from the University of Pittsburgh in three years. There, she worked at The Original Magazine in the roles of writer, editor, assistant graphic designer, head designer and finally, Editor-in-Chief. She also completed a semester abroad at the Cours de Civilisation Française through l’Université Paris-Sorbonne in Paris, France during her sophomore year. Originally born and raised in Chicago by Ukrainian-Jewish refugees, she grew up speaking English and Russian, and later became fluent in French through her high school, undergraduate studies, the aforementioned semester abroad, and working as an English teacher in Limoges, France.
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