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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...

Critic Spotlight: September 2020

Cristina Pla-Guzman Miami-area critic, drama teacher, actress, director Outlets: American Theatre, Broadway World (BWW Review) Cristina Pla-Guzman What drew you to criticism? I have been acting for 20-something years and I’ve been teaching high school-aged students for almost as long. I have an absolute passion for everything theater. I had never thought...

Critic Spotlight: August 2020

Janice L. Franklin Professor of Humanities and Music at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas Outlets: Theater Jones Janice L. Franklin You have unique training for a critic. What drew you to theater criticism? I fell in love with theater and have almost 40 years of experience. Most of...

Critic Spotlight: July 2020

Sheri Flanders Chicago critic, improv performer and teacher at Second CityOutlets: Freelance; her work has appeared in Chicagoland Musical Theatre, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Rescripted, New City and Windy City Times. Sheri Flanders What drew you to criticism?When the Hedy Weiss story happened with Pass Over, the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition called...