Women Theatre Bloggers
The end of a year and a decade has given way to many lists with rankings for everything from songs, albums, and bands to films, plays, and, even, theatre blogs. See for example, the Guardian blog’s top 10 list, replete with honorable mentions. August Schulenburg of Flux Theatre Ensemble runs through several other blogs’ top 10 lists here.
Of course, the lists themselves spawn further analysis, in the way of affirmations and objections and in this day and age, demographic assessment. As George Hunka pointed out in a comment thread on his blog, Superfluities Redux, which received an honorable mention from the Guardian, the Guardian’s list lacked diversity: “Looking at the Top 5 list, I see five white males — no women or bloggers-of-color, nobody over the age of 35 or so…”
I thought I would use this post to compile a working list of women who maintain active and compelling blogs about drama and/or theatre. They may be actors, critics, directors, designers, dramaturgs, editors, stage hands, ushers, (freelance) writers, academics, playwrights, etc., just as long as they’ve established a track record of credible, original posts on some aspect of the subject. There are several women theatre bloggers who are members of the Independent Theater Bloggers Association (ITBA), and I have noted this below with an (*) before the person’s name. I debated whether or not to limit this list to US bloggers, but decided to make it inclusive; therefore, it includes Lyn Gardner of the Guardian theatre blog, several women who write posts for the London Theatre Blog, as well as Australian blogger, Alison Croggon, who received an honorable mention on the Guardian list. I also debated whether or not to include paid critics on staff at major papers throughout the country who also have blogs, such as Miami Herald critic, Christine Dolen’s Drama Queen and NY Post critic, Elisabeth Vincentelli’s The Determined Dilettante. Thoughts?
**Do read the COMMENTS because Simon of The Next Stage blog has added a fantastic list of Canadian women theatre bloggers.
Bekah Brunstetter. I Care Deeply.
*Linda Buchwald. Pataphysical Science.
*Jodi Schoenbrun Carter. Off-stage Right.
*Wendy Caster. Show Showdown. (Collaborative blog)
Alison Croggon. Theatre Notes. (recipient of Guardian hon. men.)
Diana Damian. London Theatre Blog.
Cara Joy David. The Huffington Post.
Adrienne Dawes. Oh the Joy.
Jill Dolan. The Feminist Spectator.
Esther. Gratuitous Violins.
Lyn Gardner. Guaridan theatre blog.
*Diana Glazer. Lezbehonest.
Stephe Harrop. London Theatre Blog.
*Yvonne Korshak. Let’s Talk Off-Broadway.
*Tulis McCall. Usher Nonsense.
Kristen Palmer. Plays with Others.
Carolyn Raship. Caviglia’s Cabinet of Curiosities.
*Monica Reida. Fragments.
*Sarah Roberts. Adventures in the Endless Pursuit of Entertainment.
Wendy Rosenfield. Drama Queen. (An Artsjournal weblog)
*Jan Simpson. Broadway and Me.
Chloe Veltman. Lies Like Truth.
*Kim Weild. Blog.
If you know of someone I’ve missed, please add the name(s) and link(s) in the comment section.