James Hebert Pam Kragen
the president of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, is a feature
writer and backup theater critic for the
U-T San Diego newspaper.
From 1999-September 2012, she served as arts
and features editor and theater critic of the
County Times newspaper. She
is a fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts' Institutes for Arts Journalism at USC
(2005) and Columbia University (2010). She has worked full-time at
daily newspapers in the San Diego area since 1981, when she joined
the staff of the Daily Aztec at her alma mater, San Diego State
University. She is
an adjunct journalism professor at Cal State San Marcos and
mom to Matt, 23, and Aubrey, 19.
Anne Marie Welsh,
the treasurer for the Critics Circle and former theater critic for the
San Diego Union-Tribune, is a freelance writer
and regular contributing theater critic for CultureBuzzSD, the U-T San Diego and The Los Angeles Times. Welsh earned her
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English and drama from the
Rochester. In 1976, she joined the staff of the Washington Star
where she was dance critic and backup theater critic until the
paper's demise. Welsh came to the San Diego Union in 1983
serving as the paper's dance critic, second theater critic and
arts reporter before a ten-year stint as the paper's theater critic. She co-edited The Longman
Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Drama: A Global Perspective and
co-authored Shakespeare: Script, Stage and Screen. She has served on
the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in drama and is a member of the
editorial board as well as a regular essayist for Best Plays, the
national yearbook of American theater. She is also the proud mother
of three sons — Adam, Martin and Casimir Morawski.
has been the theater critic for the
San Diego Reader since 1980, and also writes a local
history column. He has a Ph.D. in literature
and critical theory from the University of California, Irvine. He
wrote his doctoral dissertation on Shakespeare. He has dramaturged
dozens of shows. Favorites include Sam Shepard's The Tooth of Crime,
Peter Barnes's Red Noses (both at SD Rep), Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
(North Coast Rep), Shakespeare's Hamlet (New Village Arts)
and Romulus Linney's Holy Ghosts (Sullivan Players).
Hebert is the vice president of the Critics Circle and the theater critic for The San Diego
Union-Tribune, and has served as an arts writer for the
newspaper since 1997. He spent his early childhood in Japan
before the family moved to California in 1967. After graduating from
SDSU, he earned a master's degree at Columbia University in New
York, then moved to Boston with his now-wife, Sophy Chaffee (a
Columbia classmate), where he became assistant editor of Offshore
magazine. He shortly got out of the yachting racket and returned to
San Diego, joining the U-T as a copy editor. Hebert has written
about pop music, film and media, and has reviewed theater here since
1995. He's a proud dad of two highly entertaining kids, Audrey and
Zander. Likes: Surfing, running, Greek food. Dislikes: Weak coffee,
Coddon is a longtime voice
on the San Diego arts, entertainment and
cultural scene. The former editor of the San Diego
Union-Tribune’s “Currents Weekend” and “Night&Day” sections, he
wrote a popular column on the arts, “For What It’s Worth,” and
chronicled in particular the glitter and impetuosity of the film
industry. He is now a freelance writer, an adjunct faculty member at
Mesa College and theater critic for
San Diego CityBeat
magazine. He possesses an MFA in English from San Diego State
University and a BA in journalism from the University of Southern
and sdjewishworld.com. She was entertainment columnist for the San
Diego Jewish Times for more than 20 years, five of which she
shared a byline with her late husband, Gerry. She has been a member
of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle since 1986. Carol is a past
member of the American Theatre Critics Association. Carol can be
reached at email@example.com.
Bill Eadie reviews theatre for
SanDiegoStory.com and TalkinBroadway.com. He is
also a professor of journalism and media studies at San Diego State University,
where he coordinates the undergraduate media studies major.
Bill earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication
at UCLA, where he studied reviewing with Robert Kirsch, then
book critic for the Los Angeles Times. He went on to
earn a Ph.D. in communication at Purdue University. He’s had an
academic career that’s included serving as editor of the
Journal of Applied
Communication Research and the Western
Journal of Communication. He is the current editor of the
latter journal, and he is responsible for peer reviews of
scholarship appearing in volumes published between 2012 and
2014. Bill has a long connection to the San Diego theatre
scene, having seen his first professional production at the Old
Globe (King Richard III, directed by Allen Fletcher) in
the early 1960s, and he had a 25-year consecutive run of seeing
at least one Old Globe play per season, despite living outside
San Diego. Bill has directed and performed in local amateur
theatre productions, and he sings with two community choruses.
Native San Diegan
Jean Lowerison has been watching theater for (mumble, mumble) years – since
Starlight and the Old Globe were all San Diego had in
theater companies – and writing about film and theater for
the past decade. A Berkeley graduate and college librarian for (mumble, mumble) years.
She is an enthusiastic chorister, currently singing with the La Jolla Symphony Chorus.
favorite appearance was a chorus role in the opera
“Dido and Aeneas.” She reviews theater (and sometimes film) for the online
Diego Gay and Lesbian News (sdgln.com).
secretary for the Critics Circle, attended her first theater production in utero. Fortunately,
growing up in New York, she was readily able to feed her
theatergoing habit. When she moved to San Diego in 1979, she
started Sign of the Times, the San Diego Theatre of the Deaf.
Pat earned her Ph.D. in Communication Arts and Sciences from the
City University of New York, and taught at San Diego
University for 24 years,
where she was
named Most Influential Faculty seven times. She won an Emmy
Award for “Center Stage,” the theater
she created, wrote and hosted on KPBS-TV. She
garnered two Emmy nominations
for the Patté Awards for Theater
Excellence, which she created, produced and hosted for 13 years.
Her theater documentaries
have won local and national awards. In 2005, the Women’s
International Center named her a Living Legacy.
For more than 25 years, she’s been San Diego’s only regularly
broadcast theater critic. Her
reviews air on KSDS-FM;
also writes regularly for patch.com and San Diego Metro
magazine. Her reviews (dating back to 1990) can be found at
Charlene Baldridge writes about theater and the arts for numerous
local and regional publications including Performances Magazine, Gay
San Diego, San Diego Uptown News and Downtown News.
She also writes theater, opera and classical music reviews as well
as poetry for her blog at charlenebaldridge.com. She is the author of the book San Diego: Jewel of the California Coast,
and served as editor for "The Warrior's Stance," a
collection of poetry by the late Laura Jeanne Morefield.
Jennifer Chung Klam
is Special Sections Editor for the San Diego business paper The
Daily Transcript, where she previously served as arts editor,
copy editor and staff reporter. The nearly native San Diegan writes
about theater, arts and culture for a variety of online and print
publications including The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego CityBeat and sandiego.com.
Before jumping into journalism, the UCSD grad dipped a toe or two in
technical publications, marketing communications, higher education
and vocational rehabilitation.
Frankie Moran, a former freelance theater
critic for sandiego.com, is a graduate of the 2008 NEA Arts
Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theater at USC's
Annenberg School of Communication. Before that, he was a Phi
Theta Kappa valedictorian at San Diego's own Mesa College and went
on to graduate from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Frankie got his start in criticism writing reviews of Broadway shows
during a short stint studying law at Columbia University. Since
then, he has written in scenic New Mexico for the Las Cruces
Bulletin, and for Back Stage Magazine, the North County Times and
sandiego.com. In November 2008, he relocated to Manhattan, where
he's now works as a Broadway talent agent.
George Weinberg-Harter was born in
San Diego in 1944 as George Harter, and graduated from San Diego High School in 1962. He
spent the rest of the '60s at San Diego State University earning degrees in literature
(and draft avoidance) and doing graduate work on Joseph Conrad and Miguel de Cervantes
Saavedra. In 1972, he married and combined surnames with Susan Weinberg. He has been an
observer of, and a participant in, San Diego theater all his life, and for more than two
decades has written freelance theater articles for the San
Diego Union-Tribune, Drama-Logue, Back Stage West and
sandiego.com. He has also worked occasionally as a graphic artist, has taught
calligraphy, is a co-founder of the San Diego Fellow Calligraphers and has designed many