Monday, 25 October 2021
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The New New York Theater Criticism
As we gather in theaters again, two new criticism projects will meet the resurgent New York theater on its own turf. How do they plan to change the field? Join us for a panel about new theatre criticism with editors of the newly formed collectives "3Views" and the first announced members of the "DidTheyLikeIt" cohort, moderated by New York Magazine and Vulture theatre critic Helen Shaw. With Sarah Rose Leonard & Jose Solís from www.3viewstheater.com and Bedatri D. Choudhury, Christian Lewis, Juan Michael Porter II, and Ran Xia from www.didtheylikeit.com.
Helen Shaw is the theatre critic for New York Magazine and Vulture. Shaw was most recently theater critic at Time Out New York and 4Columns.org. Shaw has written for ArtForum, American Theatre, The Guardian, Art in America, the New York Times, and TheatreForum, among other outlets. She is an instructor at New York University’s Tisch School of Drama and a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle. She received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Bedatri D. Choudhury
Bedatri D. Choudhury wanted to be a dancer growing up but ended up writing her first “culture criticism” at age 6 (on The Jetsons) and fell in love with the sweet feeling of seeing her name in print. Whatever it is she writes on, she writes from the intersections of post-colonialism, race, and gender. She has managed several documentary projects and is presently the Managing Editor at Documentary magazine.
Ran Xia is a Shanghai-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and audio designer. Resident director at the Tank, Beatrice Terry Resident 2021-2022 at the Drama League, she will be directing Orlando by Sarah Ruhl at Barnard and is a commissioned playwright at Vanderbilt University this fall. http://www.ranxia.info
Christian Lewis (they/them) is a queer nonbinary freelance theatre critic with published pieces in American Theatre, BroadwayWorld, the Brooklyn Rail, Out, andHuffPost. They are a member of the critic cohort at Did They Like It?, a co-host of What’s Up Broadway? on the Broadway Podcast Network, and a member of the Outer Critics Circle. Christian is also a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center. They can be found on Twitter @clewisreviews.
Juan Michael Porter
Juan Michael Porter II is a Black queer man living with HIV who probably knows more about Sailor Moon than is strictly healthy. He is the staff writer of TheBody.com and a contributor to Did They Like It?, TDF Stages, American Theatre, Christian Science Monitor, SF Chronicle, Into More, and them. He is a proud Poynter Power of Diverse Voices and National Critics Institute Fellow.
Sarah Rose Leonard
Sarah Rose Leonard is a dramaturg and creative producer. She is currently a Live Events Producer at KQED, Northern California’s NPR and PBS member station. Previously, she was the Literary Manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Literary Associate at Signature Theatre. Her curating/producing work includes three Prelude Festivals and a myriad of downtown NYC theatre projects.
Jose Solís (he/him) began his career as a critic at age 16 when he launched a film review website while living in Honduras, where he was born, and upon moving to NYC in 2012 focused entirely on writing about the stage. His work appears in The New York Times, American Theatre, TDF Stages, Backstage, 3 Views, and America magazine.
The New New York Theater Criticism
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