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Critic Spotlight: January 2022

Martha Wade Steketee New York, New YorkPrimary Outlet: urbanexcavations Martha Wade Steketee, early in the pandemic. Basics first: where do you work (do reviews) and how long have you been there? I have been a freelance critic since 2006, writing for online and print publications based in Chicago, Philadelphia,...

Critic Spotlight: December 2021

Samantha Baird Idaho Falls, IdahoPrimary Outlet: Samantha Baird Performing Arts Services Samantha Baird Where do you write and how long have you been writing about theater? I don’t review as much as I’d like to be today because of the pandemic, but I was writing for Front Row Reviewers...

Critic Spotlight: November 2021

Amanda Finn ChicagoPrimary Outlet: Newcity Amanda Finn Basics first: where do you work (do reviews) and how long have you been there? I have been writing reviews for Newcity in Chicago for three years now.  What is your background in theater and/or criticism? I’ve been writing theater criticism/journalism since 2014 when...

Critic Spotlight: October 2021

Thomas Gentile New YorkPrimary Outlet: El Conocedor Thomas Gentile Thomás Gentile is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk. Winner of an ECAS Award for educating Hispanics in the arts. El Conocedor provides reviews in Spanish of Broadway, Off Broadway, and...

Critic Spotlight: September 2021

Lauren Van Hemert For this edition of Critic Spotlight, Lauren Van Hemert speaks uninterrupted by interviewer questions. Van Hemert, based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, has written for Broadway World and now her own website Beltline to Broadway (formerly RDU Onstage). Here is Lauren, in her own...

Critic Spotlight: August 2021

Richard Oliver Dallas, TexasPrimary outlets: Theater Jones, Texas Classical Review, The Whole Review Richard Oliver How did you get started as an arts critic? When I went to college I knew I wanted to pursue music. But I loved writing, so I made a deal with myself: I would...

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...