nainoa-shizuru-80385-unsplashEveryone’s a critic. But not everyone cares enough to critique the arts with equal parts context and fandom. I’ve been lucky to be surrounded by the arts my entire life: mom paints, dad plays music and my sister dances, as does my wife. Those influences led me to more recitals, gallery openings, concerts, book readings, premieres and performances than I could ever count, and then to formal arts criticism classes in college, two different stints as an arts editor and, eventually, a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship for theatre criticism at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.

Check out a few of my pieces:

Dancer Profile, “Soft Collisions,” Anya Cloud, August 15, 2018

Book Review, “Sugar crash,” Sugar by Charley Rosen, July 26, 2018

Book Review, “Perfect mess,” Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson, June 19, 2014

Dance Review, “Shackled,” Bare Bait Dance, April 24, 2014

Art Show, “Blue-collar bold,” Francis Schweitzer, September 22, 2011

Dance Review, “Attitude is everything,” The Main Attraction, March 24, 2011

Feature Interview, “Demystifying David Lynch,” April 12, 2007

Music Review, “Happy return,” Colin Meloy and The Decemberists, November 9, 2006