Jonathan Mandell

Jonathan Mandell, a proud member of the American Theatre Critics Association has written about the theater for a range of publications, including Playbill, American Theatre Magazine, the New York Times, Newsday, Backstage, and He currently blogs at  New York Theater and tweets as @NewYorkTheater.



  • Are Theatre Critics Critical? An Update
    Frequent contributor Jonathan Mandell considers the current condition of theatre criticism and theatre critics.
  • TEDxBroadway 2015: Ten Lessons Theatre Can Learn from Golf, Knishes, Teens, Tevye, and Twitter, But Not Termites
    The question from TEDxBroadway 2015: What ideas about theatre can we learn from people who may never have been inside one?
  • Is Diversity A Codeword for Exclusion?
    Has “diversity” become a word like “patriotism” used to be—something you need to support, and will be attacked if you question, but something that means so many different things to so many different people that it’s in danger of losing its meaning?
  • 10 Lessons for Theater, from TEDxBroadway 2014
    The artistic director of the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University asked us to consider the history of theater to realize how much more theater can be—and should be. Greek theater, she said, was more like American Idol than it was like the theater we know today, taking place at competitive festivals. It was also engaged in the “civic, religious, social and political” life of the times.


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