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Joyce Kulhawik is the president of The Boston Theater Critics Association and is best known as the Emmy award-winning arts and entertainment critic for CBS-BOSTON (WBZ-TV 1981-2008). She is currently lending her expertise as an arts advocate, motivational speaker, and cancer crusader all over the region. Kulhawik has covered local and national events from Boston and Broadway to Hollywood. She co-hosted the nationally syndicated movie-review show HOT TICKET with Leonard Maltin, and was a continuing co-host on ROGER EBERT & THE MOVIES. The recipient of countless awards for her advocacy, Kulhawik also received an Honorary Doctorate in Communications from her alma mater Simmons College, and was honored by The Berklee College of Music with an endowed scholarship in her name.  She is also a member of the Boston Society of Film Critics.  Kulhawik continues to perform as a guest narrator and has performed with The Boston Pops, The New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, The Boston Civic Symphony, and The Concord Orchestra. Look for Joyce online at







Don Aucoin 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). He covered politics for the Globe from 1991 to 1997, and was a TV critic from 1997 to 2000. In 2000, Aucoin was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. His story on Boston’s race relations is included in the book “Best Newspaper Writing 2006-2007.” He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Boston College, where he teaches writing.







Jared Bowen is WGBH’s 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 is a freelance writer whose work appears frequently in the Boston Globe, and a critic who contributes to WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston.” For 11 years she served as chief theater critic for the Boston Herald and, for eight years before that, was the Herald’s arts editor. She has been writing about the arts for two decades and her articles have appeared in Boston magazine, Boston Globe, the Dallas Morning News, the Toronto Star and the Asbury Park Press. She is a Resident Scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center and an adjunct faculty member at Boston College.



Carolyn Clay 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 Boston correspondent for



Nick Dussault has been an entertainment writer and the chief theatre critic for the Boston Metro for the past 10 years. Prior to that, Nick was a City Editor for AOL’s Entertainment Web Sites (Digital City) in Chicago, Tampa and Boston.


Iris Fanger is a free-lance dance and theater critic, historian and lecturer. She writes regularly for The Patriot Ledger, Metrowest Daily News, Dance Magazine and Dancing Times (London). She was a dance and theater critic for the Boston Herald from 1987-1999 andalso 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 Northwester University and a Ph.D in theater history from Tufts. A former Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe, she received the 2007 Dance Champion Award from Boston Dance Alliance and the 2008 Outstanding Career Achievement Awards from Tufts Graduate School. In 2013 she was elected a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.








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 currently reviews theater and the arts for WBUR-FM, and con- tributes to the Phoenix, Berkshire Living magazine, and the Globe.

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