Personal Info

Gilly on a motorcycle
Photo by Michael Burg

***NEWS UPDATES***

8/25/05: Oops. Forgot to update about the last show, but I'll be playing Mistress Page in Theatre@First's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Performances are November 11-19.

1/19/05: I'll be playing Pigpen in Theatre@First's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Performances are April 8-9, 15-16 @ 8:00 pm and April 9 & 16 @ 2:00 pm.

1/3/05: Pictures from my Scotland and London trip are online.

December 23, 2002: I'm a double aunt. Alana Esther Reid joins the family.

July 5, 2000: I'm an aunt! Welcome, Miriam Hadassa Reid. Here are some pictures of my first visit to my niece when she was three weeks old.

April 2000: I'm an author! Check out Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith, edited by Deb Kolodny.


I was born Gilana Mia Rosenthol on October 3, 1969 (which makes me a Libra) in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, but I've been called Gilly all my life (that's pronounced with a hard g sound, not a j.). I was brought up Orthodox Jewish, and while I'm now a somewhat unorthodox person, I am still a pretty observant Jew. Click here if you're really interested in some of what I went through during that change.

I love to travel. I went to Israel with my family during the summer of 1993 - click here to read my trip journal. In the fall of 1999 my grandmother took me on a Hawaiian cruise -- you can see my trip journal and loads of photos here. In the summer of 2001 I went to London, Paris, and Israel. And New Year's 2003 was spent in New York. Most recently I spent two and a half weeks in Scotland and London -- haven't written up a journal yet, but I have tons of pictures.

I moved to Boston in 1987 to attend Boston University. I graduated in 1991 with a degree in psychology and spent the next three years working as office manager for Congregation Eitz Chayim, a small synagogue and Hebrew school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I worked as database manager (using 4th Dimension) at Mass General Hospital in the Neurology Department from May of 1994 through January of 1995. After that I was worked with John Romkey and Lang Zerner as president of the Nonprofit Outreach Network, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to putting other nonprofits on the Web. In '97 I was doing some graphic layout and other stuff for Virtual Music Entertainment, a really cool multimedia game company. I spent a few years at MIT at the Lean Aerospace Initiative as their graphic specialist. I'm currently doing freelance graphic design through Aquent. Since 2000 I've been working for Gillette in their Creative Services department doing graphics for Duracell and other fine products. Here's my resume, if you want the formal version of all that.

I spend my free time reading, playing with computers (especially my beloved Tungsten T3), going to synagogue at Tremont Street, singing with the Somerville Chorus, taking tap lessons at the Dance Complex, and most recently acting with Theatre@First. (OK, currently T@F has taken over all my free time so I'm not doing chorus or tap. But I still hope to again someday.)

One of my favorite local bands was The Story, until Jennifer Kimball and Jonatha Brooke split up. They're both pretty good solo, but nothing like as amazing as The Story was. Peter Mulvey is another amazing local-gone-big - I strongly encourage you to check him out, if you don't already know his stuff. And Kris Delmhorst is fabulous -- words can't begin to express. Just go see her.

I like reading, especially science fiction and fantasy (like Spider Robinson), historical fiction (try Diana Gabaldon), and the occasional romance or mystery (I recommend Dana Stabenow.). I'm a big fan of Winnie the Pooh. I don't watch much TV, but my favorite TV show ever was probably The Muppet Show. All my favorite shows seems to get cancelled; I was addicted to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and once you get past the title, Sports Night was the best thing on TV. I was one of the founding patrons of alt.callahans; I'm even listed in their FAQ. I used to be involved with the Society for Creative Anachronism, but I haven't been active for a while. For a while I did a lot with SpeakOut (formerly the Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Speakers Bureau) - in addition to having served a stint on the board on the board and as newsletter editor, I went out and spoke to schools, synagogues, and whoever else would have us about what it's like to be bisexual. I played Janet in a Boston cast of Rocky Horror for a short while in 1988, which, come to think of it, may have been a precursor to coming out as bi.

That's all I can think of to say about myself that I can link to other cool things, and after all, what's the point of putting something on a web page if it doesn't go anywhere? ;)