Articles

Critic Spotlight: July 2021

David John Chávez San Jose area criticPrimary outlets: BayAreaPlays.com; Mercury News, American Theatre Magazine David John Chávez How’d you get started in this wacky business?  Years ago, I had a job on a daily newspaper (the Fresno Bee, a McClatchy newspaper that covered the central San Joaquin Valley) on...

Critic Spotlight: June 2021

Karen Topham Chicago areaPrimary outlet: ChicagoOnStage Karen Topham How many years were you a high school drama teacher? Overall 37 years. I taught drama in one way or another for most of those years. I always taught units on performance because it made for an interesting switch from just...

Critic Spotlight: May 2021

Diep Tran New York criticOutlets: American Theatre; Broadway.com Diep Tran What made you decide you wanted to become a critic in the first place? I've kind of fallen into this career. When I was young, I wanted to be a dentist. I have no idea why; I really liked...

Critic Spotlight: April 2021

Kelundra Smith Atlanta criticOutlets: American Theatre, Atlanta magazine, ArtsATL Kelundra Smith You've been incredibly active in your career, and hustle like nobody's business. Where do you get your drive and motivation?  I think there's a competitive part of me that wants meritocracy to be real. I like proving that...

Critic Spotlight: March 2021

Kitty Drexel New England area criticOutlets: New England Theatre Geek, HowlRound Kitty Drexel How long have you been a critic, and how did you get started? In 2011, Becca Kidwell, who used to live in the Boston area and is now in New York City, ran a blog called...

Critic Spotlight: February 2021

Jerald Raymond Pierce Chicagoland criticPrimary outlet: American Theatre Jerald Raymond Pierce When you took the position as associate editor of American Theatre magazine, what stories did you want to prioritize? I spent about my first five years in Chicago dabbling in stage management, sound design and lighting design. I...

Critic Spotlight: January 2021

Jessica Goldman Houston-area criticPrimary outlet: Houston Press Jessica Goldman Let’s start with the basics. You have worked for the Houston Press for six years, but before that you were up in Calgary doing radio? Yes. We’re originally from Toronto; we moved to Calgary 12 years ago. I was the...

Critic Spotlight: December 2020

Nicole Gluckstern Bay Area Primary Outlet: KQED Nicole Gluckstern Why is it important to cover people who spend their life telling stories? It’s been useful to me to frame it in my mind as us both being storytellers. It just so happens that the focus of my stories tend to be...

Critic Spotlight: November 2020

Ramona Harper DC-area critic Outlets: DC Metro Theater Arts; Dance Metro DC Ramona Harper Your background in diplomacy is fascinating. What led you to choose that life and what did you learn from it? Actually, the first thing I wanted to do in life was to start a magazine for Black women....

Critic Spotlight: October 2020

Soraya Nadia Mcdonald Brooklyn, New York Culture critic, The Undefeated Soraya Nadia McDonald This has been an incredible year for you professionally, capped off with a Pulitzer finalist citation in May. As we approach the end of 2020, have you been able to sit down and reflect on what...