Joyce Kulhawik is President of The Boston Theater Critics Association. Best known as the Emmy Award-winning Arts and Entertainment Critic for CBS-Boston (WBZ-TV 1981-2008), Kulhawik is currently lending her expertise as an arts advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader (three-time survivor!) all over New England. She is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood, reporting live from the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. Nationally, Kulhawik has co-hosted syndicated movie-review programs with Roger Ebert and Leonard Maltin. In 2010, she received the N.E. Emmy’s Governor’s Award for her distinguished career, and in 2007 was an inaugural inductee into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. The recipient of countless awards for her career and advocacy, Kulhawik also holds an honorary doctorate in communications from her alma mater Simmons College, and has an endowed scholarship in her name at the Berklee College of Music. Kulhawik also moonwalks and yodels. Look for her reviews online at JoycesChoices.com.
Carolyn Clay is Secretary of The Boston Theater Critics Association. She was for many years theater editor and chief drama critic for the Boston Phoenix. An actress gone over to the dark side, she graduated from Denison University and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, where her mentor was Elliot Norton. While still in graduate school, she began writing theater and book reviews for Boston After Dark. In 1973 she joined the staff of the Boston Globe as a cultural reporter. She became theater editor of the Phoenix in 1975 and wrote for the paper until its demise in 2013. Her writing about the arts has also appeared in England’s Tatler magazine, New York’s 7 Days, the New York Times, and Esquire, New York, and Boston magazines. A past recipient of the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for dramatic criticism, she is currently a theater critic for WBUR's The ARTery.
Christopher Ehlers is the Treasurer of the Boston Theater Critics Association and the Associate Arts Editor for DigBoston where he has covered art, theater, and other cultural happenings since 2015. He also serves as theater critic for TheaterMania. Ehlers studied theater at Marymount Manhattan College where he reviewed Broadway shows for The Monitor, Marymount’s student newspaper. He has worked professionally as a pianist and musical director and for several years taught musical theater to young children. Ehlers has also held positions at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Don Aucoin is the chief theater critic of The Boston Globe and a coauthor of the top-10 New York Times best-seller “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy” (Simon & Schuster, 2009). His story on race relations in Boston is included in “Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007.” In 2000, Aucoin was one of a dozen U.S. journalists selected to be a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. As a member of the Globe's City Hall and State House bureaus, he covered mayoral, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns as well as the 1994 and 1996 contests for US Senate. As a TV critic and reporter, he covered the news and entertainment sides of the television industry from 1997-2000. His story for the Boston Globe Magazine about the struggle of an intellectually disabled man to live independently in the community earned a national award from the Sunday Magazine Editors Association, and he has won two United Press International awards, for breaking-news coverage and column-writing. Aucoin was among the Globe reporters who earned the 2003 Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers for coverage of the sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic church. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Boston College, where he teaches feature writing. Follow his reviews online at www.bostonglobe.com.
Jared Bowen is a Executive Arts Editor and an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH-TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney, and appears regularly on 89.7 WGBH, where he covers the latest happenings in Boston film, theater, art, music, and dance for Boston Public Radio and on WGBH’s Morning Edition every Thursday. In February 2013, Jared debuted in his own weekly arts series, Open Studio with Jared Bowen, featuring a blend of local and national stories and profiles. He is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association and he serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He has won two New England Emmy Awards for his arts reporting and is a recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award, recognizing achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences. Jared also is a guest contributor to Boston Common magazine.
Terry Byrne has been covering the Boston arts scene for two decades, first at the Boston Herald, then for WGBH TV's Greater Boston and currently at the Boston Globe and ArtsFuse. Her work as a critic has been featured in a segment on ABC-TV's 20/20. She earned her MFA in Playwriting from Boston University in 2010, where she received a Robert Pinsky Global Travel Fellowship. She is also a resident scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center.
Iris Fanger is a free-lance dance and theater critic, historian and lecturer. She writes regularly for Theater Mania, The Patriot Ledger, Metrowest Daily News, Dance Magazine, The Arts Fuse and Dancing Times (London). She was a dance and theater critic for the Boston Herald from 1987-1999 and also has published in the Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Elle,The Nation, and the New York Times. As an academic she taught at Harvard University, Lesley College, M.I.T. and Tufts University and served as director of the Magic Circle Theater for Children at Tufts University and dean and then director of the Harvard Summer Dance Center, 1974-1995. She holds degrees in theater from Columbia University and Northwestern University and a Ph.D in theater history from Tufts. A former Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe, she received the Dance Champion Award 2005 from Boston Dance Alliance and the 2007 Outstanding Career Achievement Award from Tufts Graduate School. In 2013 she was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Nancy Grossman From producing and starring in family holiday pageants as a child, to avid member of Broadway Across America and Show of the Month Club, Nancy has cultivated her love of the art and respect for the craft of theatre. She fulfilled a dream when she became an adult-onset tap dancer in the early 90's ("Gotta dance!"); she fulfills another by providing reviews for BroadwayWorld.com and TalkinBroadway.com. She formerly served on the Executive Board of the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE). In a previous life, she covered the Women’s Softball League beat for the Wayland-Weston Town Crier. Nancy is an alumna of Syracuse University, has a graduate degree from Boston University, and is a retired Probation Officer-in-Charge in the Massachusetts Trial Court system.
Kilian Melloy reviews theater and film for EDGE Media Network (EDGE Boston, EDGE New England) and is a member of several critics’ groups, including the Boston Online Film Critics Association. He has also reviewed film, books, and other media for a number of publications and websites.
Robert Nesti has been writing about the theater and arts in Boston since 1989 for such publications as Bay Windows, In Newsweekly, the Boston Herald, the Bay State Banner, Community Newspapers (the TAB network), and the Improper Bostonian. He is presently the National Arts and Entertainment Editor for EDGE Publications, a network of web portals in East Coast cities aimed at the gay and lesbian audience. In his other life he is a graphic designer.
Ed Siegel was for a dozen years the theater critic of the Boston Globe, where he worked since 1971. He had been the assistant editor of the Living/Arts pages before his stint as television critic from 1983 to 1995, when he became theater and at-large critic. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University, where he edited the school newspaper, The News. Before coming to the Globe, he initiated television coverage for the Phoenix (then called Boston After Dark), and was also one of the founders of The Real Paper. He was a member of the 2002 jury for the Pulitzer Prize in drama. He is currently the editor and critic at large for The ARTery, WBUR's online arts website, the recipient of a 2015 Commonwealth Award from the Mass. Cultural Council, for arts coverage.
Jacquinn Sinclair is a Boston-based freelance journalist and critic. Currently, she’s a contributing performing arts writer for WBUR The ARTery. Her writing typically highlights creatives and organizations whose work centers on the intersection of art and activism. As a critic, she’s reviewed theater and restaurants. Jacquinn’s work has appeared in various publications, including DigBoston, The Philadelphia Tribune, and Boston.com.