LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30, 2005 The Los Angeles Times has named Charles McNulty as theater critic, it was announced today by John Montorio, deputy managing editor for features.
McNulty, who assumes his position in December, currently is a senior editor at the Village Voice, where he oversees its theater, television and entertainment coverage. He joined the Village Voice in 1992.
His theater writing also has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, American Theater magazine, Theater magazine and Variety.
“After a lengthy and exhaustive search of theater critics across the country, we’re confident Charles McNulty is the best person for the job,” said Montorio. “Charles brings to the position more than just a good academic and professional background in the theater, though that was important of course. He is a critic with passion about theater, with catholic tastes and an understanding of the world outside Broadway, which will be especially key in covering Los Angeles’ lively theater scene.”
McNulty is chairman of the Obie Awards, the off-Broadway theater equivalent to the Tony Awards. He also heads the M.F.A. program in dramaturgy and theater criticism at Brooklyn College, and has taught theater courses at Yale University, New York University and The New School in New York City.
His production experience includes six seasons as literary manager/dramaturge at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J., one of the nation’s major nonprofit performing arts institutes. In addition, he has worked at the Yale Repertory Theater and interned with the New York Shakespeare Festival.
A native of Brooklyn, McNulty earned a master’s degree in dramatic writing and literature from New York University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree from the Stern School of Business. He also graduated from the Yale University School of Drama, where he earned master’s and doctorate degrees in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism.
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