Jennifer Vanasco is an editor at WNYC, where she edits local reporting 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 for 14 years and won the Peter Lisagor Award for opinion writing from the Society of Professional Journalists three times. She has also won awards from the New York State Broadcaster's Association, the Associated Press and the Webbys, has published work in anthologies, and was a fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She has taught journalism at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, is on the faculty of the critic's program at the O'Neill, and was invited by the U.S. State Department to coach Iraqi journalists on media ethics at the United Nations. She graduated from Wellesley. You can follow her on Twitter @JenniferVanasco
Jennifer Vanasco appears in the following:
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Despite being about a post-Sandy couple, Rinne Groff's Coney Island never feels like a real place, but only a glorious, dreamy moment in memory.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Not even the audience escapes the feeling of guilt.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
The Off Broadway production is a sleek, urban comedy about reprehensible people with a simplistic message: beauty buys you stuff.
Sunday, July 01, 2018
The one-woman, Off Broadway show "Girls & Boys" showcases her great talents. But the play founders.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
This bright, new work riffs off Shakespeare, turning wicked King Richard into an excluded teenager who has a devious plan to become high school class president.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Joshua Jay is part of a new trend in magic that focuses less on grand-scale illusions and more on intimate experiences that leave the audience awestruck and moved.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
An intelligent, cool reading of a play that can be intense and hotheaded.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
The best part of the Tony Awards is usually the performances and this year, there's everything from "Frozen" to Bruce Springsteen.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The special effects are wonderful. But that's not the only reason this show is enchanting.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
George Bernard Shaw's 1913 drama is the source for "My Fair Lady." And in this #MeToo moment, it's surprisingly contemporary.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
On today's stages, this 1956 Lerner and Loewe musical might not have worked. But at Lincoln Center, it does.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
It's hard to imagine a more radiant production than this one, but the romantic sets are at sharp odds with the story of domestic abuse.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
After police killed a mentally ill man, Mayor de Blasio has been urging New Yorkers to call the city's hotline. But critics say, it's not the right resource.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
A Princeton University study analyzes eviction rates, but the problem is more complex than it appears
Monday, April 09, 2018
Morgan is just plain winning in The Last OG. It's National Poetry Month and Danez Smith is so good. And also, Cardi B. That is all.
Sunday, April 01, 2018
Simon Stone's shattering drama showcases Billie Piper in the most compelling performance of the season.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
When Tony Kushner's masterwork exploded onto the stage in 1993, it was capturing the zeitgeist. It no longer has the same power — but it still resonates.
Friday, March 30, 2018
St. John the Divine's annual reading of Dante's Inferno makes for a spirited evening.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
A bill in Albany would make them peace officers, which would offer more protection from angry motorists.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
A woman who says she was abused by a former teacher says New York state lawmakers need to pass the Child Victims Act.