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:
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Kate Burton as Volumnia is riveting as a woman who uses her son to obtain power and status — at any cost.
Saturday, August 03, 2019
Hannah Gadsby's acclaimed show "Nannette" came to New York — and then to Netflix. Her new piece "Douglas" is less intense, but just as scathing.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Some traditionally marginalized groups — women, LGBTQ people and those with disabilities — are actually over-represented in the ranks of nonprofit arts workers.
Monday, July 29, 2019
Rebecca Milzoff, features editor at Billboard and host of the Billboard on Broadway podcast, and WNYC’s Jennifer Vanasco talk about what's new in the world of theater.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
The musical has a little bit of everything—confetti, fireworks, an elephant— except a strong plot.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
The new movie trailer for "Cats" has made some fans skeptical. Cast members from the 1983 and 2016 productions weigh in.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
The film based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway hit draws scenery, and cast members, from the Dominican neighborhood.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
A 2013 drama now at Lincoln Center Theater explores a terrifying period in the country's history.
Friday, July 19, 2019
On Friday evening, a problem with the MTA's network shut down lines across the system.
Monday, July 01, 2019
Marches and events marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
Friday, June 28, 2019
The Stonewall Inn is a sacred place for many in the LGBTQ community. Fifty years ago, a raid and series of riots outside the New York City bar helped launch a civil rights movement.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
A new coalition is holding an alternative protest march on the same day as the traditional NYC Pride Parade, pledging to have no corporate sponsors and fewer police.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
It's a monumental occasion for some of them, says the director of the program, "because some of them have never graduated from anything."
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Jackie Sibblies Drury's play, now remounted at Theatre for a New Audience, wants theatergoers to think about the white gaze.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Kathy Tu and Tobin Low of WNYC's podcast "Nancy" weigh in on what their listeners are worried about.
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Fifty years after the Stonewall Uprising, we look at what happened that night, through the voices of people who were there.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
What the Stonewall Uprising means today.
Monday, June 10, 2019
The big winner: "Hadestown," the soulful musical by Anais Mitchell based on an ancient Greek myth, which triumphed over much more traditionally commercial fare.
Saturday, June 08, 2019
Terrence McNally's 1987 play is a very different animal when viewed through a #MeToo lens.
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Newark is battling over how much authority its Civilian Complaint Review Board should have to investigate and discipline officers.