Jennifer Vanasco is a News Editor at WNYC where she edits the newscast for air and web and is the newsroom's theater critic.
She previously was the Minority Reports columnist for Columbia Journalism Review, where she analyzed how the mainstream media covered social minorities, and the editor in chief of MTV's LGBT news and politics website 365gay.com. Her nationally-syndicated, weekly newspaper column Common Life ran w for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She was a full-time theater critic in Chicago and taught journalism for 10 years at the University of Chicago's Graham School. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco
Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:
Saturday, July 19, 2014
In these "theatrical interventions," you're given detailed instructions of where you should go and what to do so that the actor(s) will recognize you. What follows is a thrill-ride of an immersion experience.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Elaine Stritch lived in the Upper East Side hotel for 12 years. We have one man's memories.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
There's a place in Harlem that is neither a museum nor a gallery —it's an affordable housing development. Yet right now, it is filled with two floors of art.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
A farewell to Pete Seeger combines music and activism.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
The quintessential Parisian schoolgirl was born in New York City.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
'Obvious Child' is an indie romantic comedy with a twist. In it, Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern — played by former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate — gets an abortion after a one-night stand.
And she doesn't agonize over it.
New York filmmaker Gillian Robespierre, who both wrote and directed the film, ...
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Old Woman, directed by the experimental theater artist Robert Wilson at Brooklyn Academy of Music, is an absurdist comedy based on an avant-garde Russian short story. There is no plot, and yet there is an emotional narrative, as two vaudeville-like characters in kabuki white-face and black suits struggle to ...
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is the quintessential romantic comedy. Set in sunny Sicily, it features a host of misunderstandings, some light intrigue, a masked ball, and one of the most famous romantic pairings in literature: Beatrice and Benedick, whose "merry war" of wits leads, of course, to falling in ...
Friday, June 13, 2014
A Brooklyn-based soldier-turned-writer reflects on the current state of Iraq.
Friday, June 06, 2014
State Senator Adriano Espaillat is gaining big-time support in the race to represent East Harlem's congressional district, which has some of the city's highest concentrations of Dominican and Puerto Rican voters. But he’s up against major seniority: Rep. Charlie Rangel, who’s been serving Harlem for 40 years.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
The arrest came minutes after Mayor Bill de Blasio held a televised press conference identifying the suspect and seeking the public's help.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
There's no doubt Lissette Encarnacion needs her subsidized, supportive housing. But is her apartment a form of healthcare? And if so, who pays for it?
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Emergency rooms are expensive, and by the time people get there, things are likely pretty bad. That's why one hospital in the Bronx is trying a new tack — calling patients to coordinate their care.
Monday, June 02, 2014
People in the Bronx have excellent access to health care. So why are so many of them so sick?
Monday, May 26, 2014
Women are now sharing personal, negative experiences of being victims of harassment or sexual abuse on Twitter using the hashtag.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
The Realistic Joneses is delightfully funny.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
One artist was saved by art; the other tried to make art heal herself and others.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Yogurt was battled over in the State Senate — for nearly 45 minutes.
Saturday, May 03, 2014
A play about the prison system uses sharp satire and characters drawn from Greek myth to make its point.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Spring is finally here after one of the longest, coldest snowiest winters in years. Multiple snowfalls and sustained freezing temperatures took a toll on many New Yorker’s psyches, as well as on the natural environment.