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New York Drama Critics' Circle
2014-2015

President: Adam Feldman (Time Out New York)
Vice President: Elisabeth Vincentelli (New York Post)
Treasurer: Joe Dziemianowicz (New York Daily News)

Hilton Als (The New Yorker)
Melissa Rose Bernardo (Entertainment Weekly)
David Cote (Time Out New York)
Michael Feingold
(TheaterMania)
Robert Feldberg (Bergen Record)
Elysa Gardner (USA Today)
Jeremy Gerard (Deadline)
Jesse Green (New York)
Mark Kennedy (Associated Press)
David Rooney
(Hollywood Reporter)

 

Frank Scheck (New York Post)
Tom Sellar (Village Voice)
David Sheward (Critic's Choice)
John Simon (Westchester Guardian)
Mailyn Stasio (Variety)
Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania)

Terry Teachout (Wall Street Journal)
Matt Windman (amNewYork)
Linda Winer (Newsday)
Richard Zoglin (Time)


Emeritus:

David Finkle
Brian Scott Lipton
Jesse Oxfeld
Michael Sommers
Steven Suskin




Hilton Als
Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in November, 1996, and a theater critic in 2002. Previously, he was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe magazine; his work has also appeared in The Nation. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender and race and their roles in the forging of personal identity, was published in 1996, and he is the co-writer (with artist Darryl Turner) of Don’t Explain, a screenplay being produced by Christine Vachon at Killer Films. He was awarded a Guggenheim in 2000 for Creative Writing and, in 2003, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. He lives in New York City.

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Melissa Rose Bernardo

Melissa Rose Bernardo reviews theater for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com. She has worked for magazines including Newsweek, TheaterWeek and InTheater (as one of the founding editors). She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she studied dramatic literature.

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David Cote

David Cote is theater editor and critic of Time Out New York and has worked in the theater as an actor, director, playwright, librettist and lyricist. He has written for American Theatre, The New York Times, The Guardian and Opera News. A contributing critic on NY1’s On Stage, he also wrote companion books to three hit Broadway musicals: Wicked: The Grimmerie, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening: In the Flesh. Plays include the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist Otherland, Rude News and Aristotle’s Comedics. Opera libretti: Fade and The Scarlet Ibis, with Stefan Weisman; Three Way with Robert Paterson; and We’ve Got Our Eye on You with Nkeiru Okoye. In the ’90s, Cote worked Off Broadway with Richard Foreman, Richard Maxwell and exiled Iranian auteur Assurbanipal Babilla. He cofounded and edited the ’zine OFF: the journal of alternative theater. B.A. Bard College. Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony. His work has been developed and supported by Gingold Theatrical Group, HERE, American Opera Projects, Fort Worth Opera, Beth Morrison Projects, the MAP Fund and the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust.

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Joe Dziemianowicz

Joe Dziemianowicz is the Daily News drama critic. In addition to Broadway and Off-Broadway reviews, he writes news stories, profiles and features. A journalist for nearly two decades, he joined the paper in 2000. He has been published in a number of newspapers and national magazines including Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, InStyle and Biography.

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Michael Feingold

Michael Feingold is Chairman of the Village Voice Obie Awards and writes a monthly two-part essay for TheaterMania under the title “Thinking About Theater.” The Voice’s chief theater critic for over three decades, he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and twice a recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for Distinguished Theater Criticism. A graduate of Columbia University (B.A., 1966) and the Yale School of Drama (M.F.A., 1972), he has worked in the theater as a playwright, translator, lyricist, and dramaturg, and served as literary manager of several notable theaters, including the Yale Rep, the Guthrie, the American Repertory Theater, and Theatre for a New Audience. His translations of the Brecht-Weill works Happy End and Threepenny Opera have been seen on Broadway, while many of his other translations have been produced Off-Broadway, in resident theaters across the country, and in major opera houses worldwide.

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Michael Feingold

Robert Feldberg has been reviewing Broadway and Off-Broadway theater for The Record since 1982, while also writing a weekly column. He holds Bachelor’s (English) and Master’s (American history) degrees from New York University.

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Adam Feldman

Adam Feldman reviews theater and cabaret for Time Out New York, and has served as president of the New York Drama Critics' Circle since 2005. He is the contributing Broadway editor for Theatre World, and has written for Canada's Globe and Mail and National Post as well as for Time Out London, Broadway.com and Show Business Weekly, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received the Helen Choate Bell essay prize in American literature. In addition to reviewing, he has worked as an actor, adapter and script reader. He lives in Greenwich Village.

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Elysa Gardner

David Finkle is the former chief drama critic at TheaterMania.com and also contributes theater coverage to, or has contributed to, numerous publications, including The Village Voice, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Vogue, American Theater, and London's Theatregoer.

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Elysa Gardner

Elysa Gardner has been covering pop music and theater as a critic and reporter for USA TODAY since 2000. She has also been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, VH1, Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker.  

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Elysa Gardner
Jeremy Gerard is executive editor and chief theater columnist at Deadline.com, whose journalists cover the arts and entertainment. He has held posts as editor, critic, columnist and reporter at The New York Times, Variety, New York magazine and, prior to Deadline, for eight years as cultural news editor, chief drama critic and human rights columnist at Bloomberg News. He is the author of WYNN PLACE SHOW: A Biased History of the Rollicking Life & Extreme Times Of Wynn Handman And The American Place Theatre (Smith & Krause, 2013) and Act Two: Creating Partnerships and Setting Agendas for the Future of the American Theater (Theater Communications Group, 2003).

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Jesse Green

Jesse Green is the theater critic at New York magazine, where he has been a contributing editor since 2008. Previously he wrote about theater and other cultural topics for the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times while covering broader subjects for the Times Magazine. Green is also the author of the novel O Beautiful and The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood, a memoir. He is currently working on a book with Mary Rodgers Guettel.

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Mark Kennedy

Mark Kennedy is the drama critic and drama writer for The Associated Press. He spent 13 years on the AP's National and Supervisory desks, wrote arts features, reported from Kabul in 2003 and helped anchor coverage from Los Angeles in the aftermath of Michael Jackson's death. He left for AOL News in early 2010 but returned a few months later to cover theater following the death of his beloved mentor, Mike Kuchwara. He has a master's degree from Harvard University and received his bachelor's from Brown University.

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Mark Kennedy

Brian Scott Lipton is a regular critic for Cititour.com, Theater Pizzazz.com, and New York Theatre News, a contributing editor at IN New York and Where Magazines, and the executive producer of "Row J" on the Jewish Channel. He is the former editor-in-chief of TheaterMania.com.

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Michael Kuchwar

Jesse Oxfeld formerly the theater critic for The New York Observer, now reviews for the Forward. A copywriter at Ogilvy & Mather, he has previously worked as an editor and writer for New York magazine, Gawker, Tabletmag.com, Brill's Content, and other publications. He lives in Greenwich Village, earned a bachelor's degree in American studies from Stanford, and saw his first Broadway show, Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan, for his fourth birthday.

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David Rooney

David Rooney is a theater and film critic for The Hollywood Reporter and frequent arts contributor to The New York Times. He began covering the entertainment industry in 1991 for Variety while based in Rome, becoming the paper's chief Italian correspondent and film reviewer in 1994. He relocated to New York in 2003 and became chief theater critic and theater editor for Variety from 2004-2010. He has written about theater for The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and Best Plays Yearbook, among other publications. He served on the nominating jury of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010.

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Frank Scheck

Frank Scheck has been covering film, theater and music for more than 30 years. He is currently a theater critics and arts writer for the New York Post and a New York correspondent for the Hollywood Reporter. He was previously the editor of Stages Magazine and the chief theater critic for the Christian Science Monitor. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Daily News, Playbill, Back Stage and various national and international newspapers. He has provided on-air commentary for the BBC, MSNBC and the Fox Business channel, and has served as the Vice-President of the New York Drama Critics Circle, of which he is a longtime member.

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David Sheward

Tom Sellar is editor of Yale University’s international journal Theater and currently serves as lead theater critic of the Village Voice, where he has covered New York performing arts since 2001. His reporting and criticism have appeared in publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, and American Theatre. Under his editorship since 2003, Theater has published plays, criticism, reportage and creative dossiers by leading global artists and authors. He is Professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University, where he teaches courses in contemporary theater and performance, the practice of criticism, and performance curating.

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David Sheward

David Sheward covers NY theater for ArtsinNY.com, Theaterlife.com, and CulturalWeekly.com as well as writing features and news for NewYork.com. He is the former executive editor and theater critic for Back Stage. He has written three books: It's a Hit! The Back Stage Book of Broadway's Longest-Running Shows, The Big Book of Show Business Awards, and Rage and Glory: The Volatile Life and Career of George C. Scott. He served as president of the Drama Desk, the organization of New York-based theater critics, editors and reporters for seven years and appeared on New York-1 News' On Stage show for over ten years. He also currently conducts walking tours of the Broadway theater district from a critic's point of view.

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John Simon

John Simon John Simon covers theater for the Westchester Guardian. He was born in Yugoslavia in 1925 and received his B.A. in English, as well as his M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature, from Harvard University. He has written theater, music, film and book reviews for publications such as New York, Esquire, The Weekly Standard, The Hudson Review, National Review, Opera News, The New Leader, Commonweal, The New Criterion and The New York Times Book Review. Simon has won the George Jean Nathan Award and the George Polk Award for Film Criticism, and is the author of John Simon on Theatre: Criticism 1974-2003 (Applause Books), John Simon on Film, and John Simon on Music, among others.

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Terry Teachout


Michael Sommers
reviews the current New York theater scene for New Jersey Newsroom. As a freelance writer, he currently reviews regional theater for the Metropolitan section of the New York Times. He is a longtime essayist for the Best Plays series and serves on several awards panels. A former president of the New York Drama Critics Circle, he was for 15 years the theater critic for the Newhouse Newspapers. He has been an editor for Back Stage, Theatre Crafts and Lighting Dimensions magazines and his work has appeared in Variety, Playbill, Equity News and Elle Décor, among other journals.

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Terry Teachout

Marilyn Stasio is a drama critic for Variety, covering Broadway and Off-Broadway. Prior to that she reviewed theater for the New York Post and Cue magazine. Her published books include Showtune, a biography cowritten with Broadway lyrist-composer Jerry Herman, and for many years she was a dramaturg at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She also writes the crime column for the New York Times Book Review.

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Terry Teachout

Steven Suskin is a former theater and music critic for Variety. He also reviews CDs and DVDs for Playbill.com. He spent twenty-five years as a theatrical manager and producer, beginning as a teenager at the David Merrick office. He has written
thirteen books, including Show Tunes, Second Act Trouble, The Sound of Broadway Music and Opening Night on Broadway.

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Zachary Stewart

Zachary Stewart is the chief critic and features reporter at TheaterMania.com. He was the listings editor at TheaterMania from 2008-2012. His work as a playwright and director has been seen at The Players Theatre, The Connelly Theater, and The 45th Street Theater. Stewart holds a B.F.A. from New York University. He lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side with his husband and two cats.

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Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout Terry Teachout is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, and the author of “Sightings,” a biweekly column for the Friday Journal about the arts in America. He also writes about the arts on his blog, “About Last Night” (terryteachout.com). His first play, Satchmo at the Waldorf, has been produced five times to date, most recently at New York’s Westside Theatre. He has written the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec, The Letter (commissioned and premiered by the Santa Fe Opera), Danse Russe (commissioned and premiered by Philadelphia's Center City Opera Theater), and The King’s Man (commissioned and premiered by Louisville’s Kentucky Opera). His most recent books are Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington (Gotham), Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong (Harcourt), All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine (Harcourt) and A Terry Teachout Reader (Yale University Press).

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Terry Teachout

Elisabeth Vincentelli is chief drama critic at the New York Post. Born in France, she moved to the U.S. in 1987, New York in 1990. She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (B.A., history and political science) and Rutgers University (M.A., contemporary history). Elisabeth joined Time Out New York in 2000 as music editor; she later served senior editor, then arts & entertainment editor. Over the years, she has contributed criticism, profiles and essays to publications such The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, Salon, The Believer and Entertainment Weekly; she is also the author of Abba Gold (Continuum) and Abba Treasures (Omnibus). She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn

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Matt Windman

Matt Windman began as a summer intern at amNewYork in 2004 and became its theater critic a year later. He has also written for Theatermania.com, Theater News Online and Show Business Weekly. Growing up, he performed in musicals and plays at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. He graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where he studied dramatic literature, in 2006 and graduated summa cum laude from New York Law School in 2009. He is also an attorney licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey. He lives in Manhattan.

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Linda Winer

Linda Winer is chief theater critic of Newsday, which she joined in 1987. She has taught critical writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts since 1992 and hosted the “Women in Theatre” series on CUNY-TV from 2002 through 2007. She was chief theater and dance critic of the Chicago Tribune from 1969-1980, a critic for the New York Daily News from 1980-1982 and USA Today from 1982-1987. Her criticism has won two first prizes from the American Society of Features Editors, two New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Awards, the New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award. She teaches frequently at the Eugene O’Neill Center, has judged the Pulitzer Prize for drama seven times, five times as panel chair. She received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Northeastern Illinois University in 2013.

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Richard Zoglin

Richard Zoglin has been theater critic for Time magazine since 1996. He joined the magazine in 1983 as a staff writer; for more than a decade he was Time's television critic, and is currently a senior editor for the magazine. Zoglin was born in Kansas City and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B. A. in English and a master's degree in journalism.  After working as an editor and writer in San Francisco and New York, he joined the Atlanta Constitution as its television critic in 1978. He left Atlanta in 1982 to help launch Time Inc.'s new television magazine, TV-Cable Week, He lives in New York City with his wife, Charla Krupp, a magazine editor, author and television style correspondent.  

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