Nominating Committee & Current Members


Martha Wade Steketee (Chair; freelance,

Peter Filichia (freelance: Broadway Select, Broadway Radio. Author: Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks)

Kenji Fujishima (freelance: Theatermania)

Juan Michael Porter II (; freelance: TDF Stages, Did They Like It?, New York Theatre Guide)

Ayanna Prescod (freelance: Variety, New York Theatre Guide, Theatermania)

Zachary Stewart (TheaterMania)

Diep Tran (freelance: Backstage, American Theatre, NBC Asian American)


Elizabeth Ahlfors,;;;

Linda Armstrong, New York Amsterdam News

David Barbour

Leslie (Hoban) Blake, Two on the Aisle

Retta Blaney, National Catholic Reporter; The Living Church; Life Upon the Sacred Stage

Robert R. Blume, Executive Producer, Drama Desk Awards

Aaron Botwick

Suzanna Bowling, Times Square Chronicles;

Michael Bracken,  Theater Pizzazz!

Jeryl Brunner

Linda Buchwald

Christopher Byrne, Gay City News

Bill CanacciAsbury Park Press; Home News Tribun

Robert Cashill 

Robert Cashill,; New York Theater

Patrick Christiano,

Joseph JK Clarke 

Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town.comTheater Pizzazz; Cabaret Scenes

Ron Cohen, Musical Theatre Review;

Jamie deRoyJamie deRoy & Friends

Dan Dinero, Theater Is Easy

Carole de Tosti

Philip Dorian,; Mensa publications (U.S. & Canada)

Grazyna Drabik, Nowy Dziennik (The Polish Daily News)

Sandi DurellTheater Pizzazz!

Henry Edwards,; A Life of Style

Ruthie Fierberg

Peter Filichia 

David Finkle, The Clyde Fitch Report

Harry Forbes, Film & Footlights

Jena Tesse Fox, freelance

Glenda Frank, Plays International

Stan Friedman,; Newyorktheatregide

Kenji Fujishima

Meredith Ganzman, WPIX 11; Center On The Aisl

Elysa Gardner, freelance; Entertainment Weekly; New York Times; Town & Country

Anita Gates,

Victor A. Gluck,

Isa Goldberg, East Hampton Independent;

Barry Gordin,; Dan’s Papers,

Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate; Hearst newspapers

Charles Gross, Two on the Aisle

Jen Gushue

Peter Hempstead

Judd Hollander –The Epoch TImes;

David Hurst -Talkin’ Broadway; NY Arts Review

Madoka Imura -NHK CosmoMedia America Inc.

Celia Ipiotis
, Eye on the Arts; Eye on Dance

Leonard JacobsThe Clyde Fitch Report

Michall Jeffers,; Michall Jeffers TV

Yusei Kageyama, Shiki Theatre Company; The Yukan Daily; La Harpe;  WOWOW

Jonathan Kalb, Something the Dust Said

Edward Karam,


Jane Klain, Good Times Magazine

Lucy KomisarThe New York Theatre Wire; The Komisar Scoop

Andy Lefkowitz,

David; Performing Arts Insider/Dave’s Gone By

Samuel Leiter – Theatre’s Leiter Side; The Broadway Blog, Theater Pizzazz!,

Linda Lenzi –

Hayley Levitt

Brian Scott; IN New York; Theater Pizzazz; New York Theatre

Sandy MacDonald, Time Out NY; Theaternewsonline

Jonathan;  NewYorkTheater.m

James Marino,

Howard Miller

Marc Mille

Stuart Miller, American Theatre; Theater Pizzazz

Brooke Pierce,

Michael Portantiere,;

Juan Michael Porter 11

Ayanna Prescod

Carey Purcell, The Culture Trip; The Village Voice; DAME

Gerard Raymond, freelance

Darryl Reilly

Richard Ridge,

Mark Rifkin, This Week in New York

Frank Rizzo

David Roberts

Carol Rocamora, American Theatre; “Rocamora Reviews” on Smith & Kraus website

David A. Rosenberg,

Robert Russo

Lauren Class Schneider,;

Steve Schonberg, freelance; WNBC; HuffPost Contributor; Center On The Aisle Editor

Nicole Serratore, freelance

Helen Shaw

David Sheward,;;

Fern SiegelThe Huffington Post; Travelers USA Noteboo

Paulanne Simmons, The New York Theatre, CurtainUp

Janice Simpson

Kyle Smith, The New Criterion; New York Post, National Review

Raven Snook, TDF Stages; Time Out New York; Show-Score managing editor

Diane Snyder, The Telegraph;; Billboard

Jose Solis,

Elyse Sommer,

David Spencer,; Times Square Chronicles

Martha Steketee

Zachary Stewart

Douglas Strassler

Steven Suskin, The Huffington Post; Playbill

Jeffrey Sweet, Dramatics Magazine; American Theatre

Diep Tran

Elyse Trevers,; Island Currents

Jennifer Vanasco, WNYC Radio

Frank Verlizzo, Fravor Design

Iris Wiener, freelance;; Long Island Woman; Long Island Herald Newspapers; Luxury Living

James Wilson

Matt Windman, amNY

Charles Wright, freelance; Offoffonline; CurtainUp

Ran Xia

Robert Zlower –


Glenn Loney (deceased)


Margot Astrachan, Producer

Barry Bassis

Toshi Cappuccino

Deirdre Donovan

Randi GenerCulture of One World

Robert Gilbo

Leonard Golubchick, Labor Press

Clint Hannah

Linda Healey ,

Dick Miller, NJ Radio Magazine

Edward Rubin, Artes Magazine;, BerhshireFine Arts

Jan Silver, The Hampton Sheet; The Advisor

Michael Summers, Special assistant for talent; project manager for productions and events

Rob Urbinati

Board Members Emeritus

Arlene Epstein (deceased)

Arlene Epstein, a member of the Drama Desk since 1982, and former Secretary of the Board, has contributed her “Critic-at-Leisure” column to the South Shore Record for 40 years and for 12 years to Herald Community Newspapers. A member of the American Theatre Critics’ Association and the Outer Critics Circle, she has worked variously as a publicist, copywriter, private and corporate art consultant, a lecturer and leader of continuing education courses on the arts, an entertainment and charity promotions director, and the anti-war voice for Mothers for Peace in Washington, D.C.

William Wolf (deceased)

William Wolf is a former Drama Desk President. He currently works as an Adjunct Professor at New York University and is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Online. His theater, film and cabaret reviews can be read on the internet site