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Everyone’s a Critic (And You Can Be Too): Theater Reviewing

February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 27, 2020

The Storyteller’s Cottage, 750 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT 06070 United States

Arts criticism is changing rapidly and the internet means there are more opportunities for people to get involved in the field. Success means more than just posting an opinion, however. This workshop will focus on theater, reviewing, but the principles of critical writing apply whether you want to be a critic of theater, film, dance, or books. Find out how a professional critic does it and learn how you can turn your love for the arts into a fun sideline or career path. Course will include basic instruction for reviewing, group critique of written work (done outside of the class) and a field trip to a local professional theater production to put what you have learned into action.
MEETS: Jan. 30, Feb 6, Feb. 13, Feb 20 (attending “Pride & Prejudice” show at Playhouse on Park), Feb. 27
COST: $180 (includes admission to the “Pride & Prejudice” show 2/20/19)


As a theater critic, Lauren Yarger is a member of the Outer Critics Circle, the American Theatre Critics Association and previously served as Vice President and voting member of the Drama Desk. She is Co-Founder of the League of Professional Theater Women’s Connecticut Chapter. In New York, she reviews for Reflections in the Light and for BrowadwayWorld. In Connecticut, she edits the award-winning site, CT Arts Connection. She previously served as theater critic for the Manchester Journal-Inquirer, as Connecticut theater editor for and as Connecticut and New York reviewer for American Theater Web.
As a producer/writer (member of the Dramatists Guild of America), Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run. Her play concept, “From Reel to Real: The Jennifer O’Neill Story,” was presented as part of the League of professional Theatre Women’s Julia’s Reading Room Series in New York in 2018. She is a partner in Major Chord Productions, which is developing two musicals for touring, and is owner of Gracewell Productions LLC.
Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute’s Producing Three-Day Intensive and other training and was a Fellow at the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Critics Institute.
She also reviews books for Publishers Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.
A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger also worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and served for nine years as the Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc.

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