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A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer

Refereeing the Muses

Bob Abelman and Cheryl Kushner

A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses examines the skill set associated with being a critic and arts journalist. It explores the history, evolution, and future of the profession in the United States, and carefully and purposefully dissects the preparation, observation, and writing process associated with generating thoughtful and interesting arts criticism.
Using theatrical productions as the best and most vivid example of a storytelling enterprise that employs creativity, imagination, collaboration, aesthetics, and artisanship to effectively engage an audience, this book is intended to generate the critical thinking and critical writing skills necessary to effectively engage in all forms of arts journalism.
It is designed to be used as a college-level textbook on theater criticism and arts journalism courses, for those looking to become more thoughtful, critical consumers, for casual critics thinking about starting a blog or working for their university newspaper, and for working critics hoping to improve their craft.
The text is written in an accessible style and includes quotes from renowned critics and arts practitioners throughout as well as frequent sidebars that offer timely, insightful, and entertaining examples of the points being made in the text.

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age resulting in a 2002 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. She was a fellow with the National Arts Journalism Program, where she studied theater and creative writing at Northwestern University. Ms. Kushner is also the author of four romance/women’s fiction novels. A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer Abelman & Kushner W W W . P E T E R L A N G . C O M PETERLANG Abelman&Kushner_CPI_Paperback:zamora2 6/11/2013 2:07 PM Page 1 Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses examines the skill set associated with being a critic and arts journalist. It explores the history, evolution, and future of the profession in the United States and dissects the preparation, obser- vation, and writing process associated with generating thoughtful and interesting arts criticism. Theatrical productions reflect a storytelling enterprise that employs creativity, imagination, collaboration, aesthetics, and artisanship to effectively engage an audi- ence. Consequently, they are referenced throughout this book to generate the critical thinking and critical writing skills necessary to effectively engage in all forms of arts journalism. This book is designed to be used as a college-level textbook in theater crit- icism and arts journalism courses, for those looking to become more thoughtful, crit- ical consumers, for casual critics thinking about starting a blog or working for their university newspaper, and for working critics hoping to improve their craft. It is writ- ten in an accessible style and includes frequent sidebars that offer timely, insightful, and entertaining examples of the points being made in the text. “he...

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