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New York Drama Critics' Circle
2016-2017

President: Adam Feldman
Vice President: Elisabeth Vincentelli
Treasurer: Joe Dziemianowicz

Hilton Als
Melissa Rose Bernardo
David Cote
Michael Feingold

Robert Feldberg
Elysa Gardner
Jeremy Gerard
Jesse Green
Christopher Kelly


 

David Rooney
Frank Scheck
David Sheward
John Simon
Mailyn Stasio
Zachary Stewart
Terry Teachout
Matt Windman
Linda Winer

Richard Zoglin

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; his most recent book, White Girls, discusses various narratives of race and gender, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. 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 the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2017, 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 a theater critic, arts reporter, playwright, librettist and lyricist. His writing has appeared in The Village Voice, American Theatre, The New York Times, The Guardian and Opera News. He is a contributing critic on NY1’s On Stage. David has written companion books to three Broadway musicals: Wicked: The Grimmerie, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening: In the Flesh. He was the longest serving theater editor and chief drama critic of Time Out New York, from 2003 to 2017. Plays include Otherland (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist) and Fear of Art. Opera libretti: Three Way with Robert Paterson (Nashville Opera and BAM); The Scarlet Ibis (NYC’s PROTOTYPE festival) and Fade with Stefan Weisman; and We’ve Got Our Eye on You with Nkeiru Okoye. As an actor, he worked with Richard Foreman, Richard Maxwell and Assurbanipal Babilla. David cofounded and edited the ’zine OFF: the journal of alternative theater. B.A. Bard College. Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony. Member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Katherine Kellgren.

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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. He joined the paper in 2000.

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Michael Feingold

Michael Feingold writes about theater for The Village Voice, where he has served as chief theater critic for most of the past three decades, and is Chairman of the Village Voice Obie Awards. His essay-column, "Thinking About Theater," appears irregularly on TheaterMania.com. 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 reviewed Broadway and Off Broadway theater for The Record from 1982 through 2017, where he also wrote 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 is the theater editor and critic at Time Out New York, where he has been a staff writer and critic since 2003. He has written for Canada's Globe and Mail and National Post as well as for Out, Time Out London, Broadway.com and Show Business Weekly, among other publications, and was the contributing Broadway editor for Theatre World. In addition to reviewing, he has worked as an actor, adapter and script reader. He lives in Greenwich Village, and has served as president of the New York Drama Critics' Circle since 2005.

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Elysa Gardner

David Finkle is the chief drama critic at the Clyde Fitch Report, and contributes to the Huffington Post. He 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 New York Times, Vogue, American Theater, and London's Theatregoer. He is the author of People Tell Me Things, a story collection, and The Man with the Overcoat, a novel.

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Elysa Gardner

Elysa Gardner is the former theater and music critic at USA Today and has since written about theater for Entertainment Weekly, Out and The New York Times. She has also contributed to The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Town & Country and VH1. She served on the Pulitzer Prize drama jury in 2014 and chaired it in 2017.

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Elysa Gardner
Jeremy Gerard is the chief theater critic 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 co-chief theater critic at The New York Times. Prior to that, he was the theater critic at New York magazine, where he had been a contributing editor since 2008. He has also written about theater and other cultural topics for the Arts & Leisure section of Times and covered broader subjects for the Times Magazine. Green is 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 about Mary Rodgers Guettel.

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Mark Kennedy

Christopher Kelly is theater critic for NJ.com and the Star-Ledger, where he also oversees the features deparment. Previously he was film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and film and television critic for Texas Monthly. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Film Comment and numerous other publications. He is also the author of two novels, A Push and a Shove (Alyson Books, 2007), which won the Lambda Literary Prize for Best Debut Novel, and The Pink Bus (Lethe Press, 2016).

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Mark Kennedy

Brian Scott Lipton is a regular critic for Cititour.com, Theater Pizzazz and New York Theatre News Online. He is the former editor-in-chief of TheaterMania.com.

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Michael Kuchwar

Jesse Oxfeld contributes reviews to the Forward, Town & Country and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications, and was previously the theater critic for The New York Observer for five years. He has worked as an editor and writer for New York magazine, Gawker, Tabletmag.com 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 chief theater critic for The Hollywood Reporter, where he also writes about film. 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 New York Times, 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 New York correspondent for the Hollywood Reporter. He was previously the editor of Stages Magazine,  the chief theater critic for the Christian Science Monitor and the Off Broadway critic for The New York Post. 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

David Sheward covers NY theater for ArtsinNY.com, Theaterlife.com and CulturalWeekly.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 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 has covered the New York and regional theater scenes for more than 35 years. A former President of the Circle, he was the longtime chief reviewer for The Star-Ledger and the Newhouse News Service. He was an editor and writer for the Best Plays series, Theatre Crafts and Back Stage. He has written for The Sunday New York Times, The Village Voice, Variety and other publications. He serves as a judge for the Henry Hewes Design Awards and as a consultant with the Howard Gilman Foundation.

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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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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

Steven Suskin is a drama critic for the Huffington Post.  He also writes a monthly column for Playbill.  He has written extensively for Variety, as well as writing liner notes for dozens of LPs.  He spent twenty-five years as a theatrical manager and producer, and has written fifteen books including Show TunesSecond Act TroubleThe Sound of Broadway Music, Opening Night on Broadway and More Opening Nights on Broadway.  His most recent books are The Book of Mormon: The Testament of a Broadway Musical (with Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone) and The Great Comet: The Journey of a New Musical to Broadway (with Dave Malloy). 

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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 Thursday 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 ten times to date, most recently at Palm Beach Dramaworks in a production that he also directed. 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 contributes to The New Yorker, Newsday, The Village Voice and The New York Times. From 2009 through 2016, she was the chief drama critic at the New York Post. Elisabeth joined Time Out New York in 2000 as music editor; she later served as senior editor, then arts & entertainment editor. Over the years, she has contributed criticism, profiles and essays to publications such 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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