Nominating Committee & Current Members


Martha Wade Steketee (Chair, freelance; The Clyde Fitch Report, TDF Stages, HowlRound)

Linda Buchwald, (freelance: Theatre is Easy, Playbill, American Theatre, TDF Stages)

Peter Filichia, (Broadway Select; Broadway Radio: author, most recently Strippers, Showgirls and Sharks – St. Martin’s Press)

Helen Shaw, (Time Out NY; Village Voice)

Jose Solis

Zachary Stewart, (

Doug Strassler, (Garden State Journal; Center on the Aisle; Back on the Block; TDF Stages)

Charles Wright, (Drama Desk President), ex officio


Elizabeth Ahlfors,;;;

Linda Armstrong, New York Amsterdam News

Barry Bassis, New York Resident;;;

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

Christopher Byrne, Gay City News

Bill CanacciAsbury Park Press; Home News Tribun

Toshi CappuccinoShukan New York Seikatsu; Shukan New York S

Robert Cashill,; New York Theater

Patrick Christiano,

Joseph JK Clarke 

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

Ron Cohen, Musical Theatre Review;

David Cote, freelance; The Village Voice

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

David Finkle, The Clyde Fitch Report

Harry Forbes, Film & Footlights

Jena E. Fox, freelance

Glenda Frank, Plays International

Stan Friedman,; Newyorktheatregide

Ruthie Fierberg

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

Lawrence; Applause Theatre & Cinema Books;

Susan Haskins, Theater Talk

Harry Haun,

Pete 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

Hayley Levitt 

Andy Lefkowitz,

David; Performing Arts Insider/Dave’s Gone By

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

Linda Lenzi,

Jeanne Lieberman,;

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

Sandy MacDonald, Time Out NY; Theaternewsonline

Jonathan;  NewYorkTheater.m

James Marino,

Jane Metzler 

Marc Miller,;;

Stuart Miller, American Theatre; Theater Pizzazz

Eugene Paul, Rockland Review;;

Brooke Pierce,

Michael Portantiere,;

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

Gwendolyn Quinn,; Huffington Post; Black Enterprise;

Gerard Raymond, freelance

Bethany Rickwald,

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,

Curtis Russell,

Robert Russo

Lauren Class Schneider,;

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

Nicole Serratore, freelance

David Sheward,;;;

Gretchen Shugart, Executive Producer, Drama Desk Awards

Fern SiegelThe Huffington Post; Travelers USA Noteboo

Paulanne Simmons, The New York Theatre Wire;, CurtainUp

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

Steven Suskin, The Huffington Post; Playbill

Jeffrey Sweet, Dramatics Magazine; American Theatre

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

Lauren Yarger, Reflections In the Light;

Roberta Zlokower,


Glenn Loney,;


Margot Astrachan, producer

Michael Block, Theater in the Now

Aaron Botwick,

Jason Clark, TV Guide

Carole DiTosti, blogcritics

Sherry Eaker,

Sue Feinberg, The Soul of the American Actor, The Drama League, New Dramatists, Around the Town productions

Randy Gener, Culture of One World

Thomas Gentile,

Robert Gilbo

Leonard Golubchick, Labor Press

Linda Healey,

Pete Hempstead, TheaterMania

Donna Herman, The Front Row Center

Stephen Holt, The Stephen Holt Show

John Istel, freelance

Michael Kerker, ASCAP

Kathryn Kitt, BrowadwayWorld; Theater Pizzazz

Hayley Levitt, TheaterMania

Tulis McCall, The Front Row Center

Edward Medina, TheatreReview.NYC

Jane Metzler, Fox On Stage

Dick Miller, NJ Radio Magazine

Iskritsa Ognianova, Arts & Culture Consultant; Certified Multilingual Interpreter

Jil Picariello, ZealNYC; Huffington Post, Show-Score, Apple News

Rozanna Radakovich,

Ronald Rand, Soul of the American Actor

David Roberts, Theatre Reviews Limited; OnStage Blog

Ed Rubin, Artes Magazine;, BerhshireFine Arts

Jan Silver, The Hampton Sheet; The Advisor

Jack Smart,  Backstage

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

Junko Suzuki, Jappy Editorial Productions

Board Members Emeritus

William Wolf

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

Arlene Epstein 

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.