Recipients

2010-12 Recipients

Robert Avila has been the senior theatre critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian since 2002. He also covers film and other arts for the Guardian and SF360, among other publications, and works as a freelance writer and editor. He holds degrees in American history from the University of California–Berkeley.

Kevin DiPirro is a writer and playwright who teaches writing, performance, and playwriting at Stanford University. His plays have been produced nationally in New York, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. He is the recipient of numerous theatre arts and educational grants.


Rita Felciano has been the dance critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian since 1988 and has regularly covered dance for the San Jose Mercury News since 2004. She is a frequent contributor to DanceView Magazine, Dance Magazine and the DanceViewTimes. She is the recipient of an Isadora Duncan Award for sustained achievement in dance writing, as well as the Voice of Dance Critic of Merit Award.


Chloe Veltman is a Bay Area columnist for the New York Times and the author of the book On Acting. She served as SF Weekly's chief theatre critic for five years. Her articles have appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, in such publications as the Daily Telegraph, the L.A. Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and the Guardian. She is the host/producer of VoiceBox, a public radio series dedicated to exploring the art of song, and syndicates her blog, lies like truth, to ArtsJournal.com. She holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.


2009-10 Recipients


Robert Avila has been the senior theatre critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian since 2002. He also covers film and other arts for the Guardian and SF360, among other publications, and works as a freelance writer and editor. He holds advanced degrees in American history from the University of California–Berkeley.


Lily Tung Crystal is an actor and journalist. Her recent roles include appearances at Magic Theatre, SF Playhouse and SF New Theatre Workshop. She has written features for such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsday, and is a board member, blogger and former fellow of the National Arts Journalism Program.  She has worked as a field producer for NBC and ABC News, served as segment producer for the KRON 4 Morning News, and for six years was editor-in-chief of Shanghai Talk, the first English-language city magazine in Shanghai, China.

Margot Melcon is the literary manager and dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company. In the Bay Area, she previously worked at American Conservatory Theater in the literary and publications departments, and served on the literary committee at Magic Theatre. She was the managing director for the Blue Room Theatre in Chico, Calif. Past experience also includes directing, design, stage management, patron services, and theater criticism. She was a Critic's Institute Fellow at the 2001 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. 


Daniel Sack is nearing the completion of a Ph.D. from Stanford University’s drama department. His dissertation, supported by a Mellon Foundation fellowship, examines characters suspended in the beginnings of an action or worlds in the midst of genesis. His features and criticism, including in-depth analyses of the Italian company Socíetas Raffaele Sanzio, have appeared in TheaterTDR: The Drama Review and Theatre Journal. His artistic background includes acting and directing.


2008-09 Recipients


Scott Fosdick is an associate professor and head of the magazine program at San José State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre from Northwestern University and has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and Columbia College in Chicago. For more than 20 years he has written about the arts for publications including the San José Mercury News, Stagebill, Family Life, the New York Times, the Newark Star-Ledger, the Baltimore News American and the suburban Chicago Daily Herald, as well as the Cambridge Guide to American Theater.


Sam Hurwitt is the associate editor of Theatre Bay Area magazine. He is also the theatre critic for the East Bay Express, for which he previously served as arts editor. Born and raised in the Bay Area, he has written features and reviews about the arts—also including music, film and books—for such publications as the San Francisco Chronicle, Pacific Sun, the San Francisco Examiner, Variety, Salon, the Austin Chronicle, Kitchen Sink and the Budapest Sun. Several books and journals have published his short fiction, essays and poetry.


Nirmala Nataraj is a journalist, playwright and producer. She has written about arts, entertainment and lifestyle for such publications as ArtWeek, SF Weekly, SFStation.com, ColorLines and the Miami New Times. She is a board member of Kearny Street Workshop, the nation’s oldest Asian-American multidisciplinary arts organization, and coordinated its 2006 APAture Festival. Her plays have appeared at Femina Potens Performance Space, the San Francisco Theater Festival and Climate Theatre, and she produced a radio show, Women in the Arts, at the University of California–Berkeley.


Chloe Veltman is the chief theatre critic for SF Weekly as well as a frequent contributor to American Theatre. Her freelance journalism has appeared in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Nature, the New York Times and the Believer, among many other publications, and her daily arts blog, Lies Like Truth, is syndicated by the online digest ArtsJournal. Previously she worked as a staff writer and senior researcher at the Daily Telegraph Saturday Magazine in London, and holds an MFA in dramaturgy from that city’s Central School of Speech and Drama.


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