November 29, 2020

Members

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, from left: Bill Eadie, David Coddon, Pat Launer, Pam Kragen, James Hebert, Carol Davis, Jean Lowerison, ErinMarie Reiter, and David Dixon.
David Coddon

David L. 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. Following nine years as theater critic for San Diego CityBeat, he is now the author of his own theater-review blog, “Stage West,” and the writer/editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune’s weekly Arts & Culture newsletter. He possesses a BA in journalism from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Diego State University, where he is today an instructor in journalism. His reviews are archived on his website davidcoddon.com

Carol Davis is a freelance critic who writes theater reviews for sdjewishworld.com and on her website Carol’s Reviews. She is the former critic for Examiner.com and was the lead critic 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.

David Dixon is a freelance theater reviewer and entertainment writer for a number of digital and physical publications, including San Diego Story, Talkin’ Broadway, and the various San Diego Community News Network (SDCNN) newspapers. A fan of the theater from a very young age, Dixon wrote reviews for the San Diego Union-Tribune column, Rated G, and the San Diego News Network (SDNN), and had his own column, Daves DVD Picks, in the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts’ newspaper, The Production. He was the Entertainment Editor and an award-winning writer for The Daily Aztec, the college newspaper for SDSU, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a member of several honor societies including Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, Scholars Without Borders, and Golden Key International Honour Society. David is a voting member of the Regional Theatre Tony Award for the American Theatre Critics Association.

Bill Eadie

Bill Eadie reviews theatre for SanDiegoStory.com and TalkinBroadway.com. He is also an emeritus professor of journalism and media studies at San Diego State University.  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 a 45-year academic career that’s included serving as editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research and the Western Journal of Communication.  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 1961. Bill has directed and performed in local amateur theatre productions, and he sings with two community choruses.

James Hebert

James Hebert is 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, “Starlight Express.” James stepped down from his full-time position as a theater critic in April 2020. This was his final column looking back on his 12 years in the position.

pam_kragen

Pam Kragen, the president of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, is the theater critic for the San Diego Union-Tribune. From 1999-September 2012, she served as arts and features editor and theater critic of The North 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.

Vice President Pat Launer 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 State University for 24 years, where she was named Most Influential Faculty seven times. She won an Emmy Award for “Center Stage,” the theater variety show she created, wrote, and hosted on KPBS-TV. She garnered three 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  and online at TimesofSanDiego.com.  Her theater reviews (dating back to 1990) can be found at www.patlauner.com.

jean-lowerison

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. A favorite appearance was a chorus role in the opera “Dido and Aeneas.” She reviews theater (and sometimes film) for the online San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (sdgln.com) as well as San Diego UpTown News and San Diego Downtown News.

ErinMarie Reiter is a San Diego native and has been involved in theatre in some form since she was young. She has covered theatre and pop culture through interviews and theatre reviews for the past 7 years for several websites and all of her work can be found at www.talktheatretome.com. Having studied musical and children’s theatre in college, ErinMarie is especially supportive of having arts in education and encouraging opportunities for youth to be involved in all aspects of theatre. ErinMarie also works in the entertainment travel industry and specializes in a wide array of productions from pre-Broadway projects, Broadway openings, high-end theatrical road tours, television, and movies.