Petitioning The New York Times Masthead and Culture Desk

Hi NY Times! Time to Hire a POC Who is Female &/or Transgender for 2nd Theater Critic.

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Dear New York Times Masthead and Culture Desk,

With the vacancy of Charles Isherwood as 2nd string theater critic, an extremely powerful post, we invite you take this opportunity to hire a POC who is female and/or transgender. It's a brave new world we're all writing; we'd like you to witness it a bit more from the inside.

With Urgency,

Winter Miller + Friends aka
More Playwrights (and Theatergoers) Than You Can Shake a Stick At

#OpenUpThePaperNYT

#DiversityISCritical

AFTER YOU SIGN, SHARE NEWS ABOUT THE JOB OPENING WITH SOLID CANDIDATES. This position is an open call! The listing:

"The New York Times is seeking a critic to review and write about the vitally important world of theater. From Broadway to Off Off Broadway, Steppenwolf to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to the West End, theater has never been so creative, so wide-reaching and so necessary.

"We are seeking a critic with a deep appreciation for plays, musicals and theater history, but it is equally important that this person is able to connect the themes and issues on stage to those of the wider world. The writer must be gifted at assessing performances and stagecraft, but also eager to help readers understand the ideas that drive the work. While a background writing about theater is a plus, it is not a prerequisite.

"Discovery, too, will be a crucial part of the job. The New York Times has a rich tradition of identifying, spotlighting, and championing young actors, writers, directors, and other theater artists. We are committed to that mission now more than ever and are looking for someone who will be curious, discerning, open-minded and energetic about seeking out the emerging voices and talents who are narrating and challenging life as we know it.

"As The Times expands its audience around the the globe, the critic must be open to experimenting with new story forms, be willing to collaborate with a large staff of editors, reporters and fellow critics, and be open to engaging with readers when appropriate. Most important, this critic must be able to convey with wit and emotion what makes plays and musicals important, irreplaceable and often unmissable.

"This is a Guild position open to internal and external candidates.

"To apply, please send a one-page summary describing how you would approach the job, along with writing samples of published work to culturejobs@nytimes.com."

 

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