The Asolo Rep Guild to Host
Season Kick-Off Fall Luncheon Featuring
Sarasota Herald-Tribune Theater and Television Critic Jay Handelman
The Asolo Rep Guild will host its annual Season Kick-Off Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, October 28 at the Bird Key Yacht Club. Renowned longtime Sarasota Herald-Tribune Theater and Television Critic Jay Handelman will be the featured speaker, providing a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a theater critic, criteria used in analyzing dozens of productions at professional and community theaters, and what it takes to stand out in a busy theater scene.
Wednesday, October 28 at noon
301 Bird Key Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
Guests must make their entree selections when mailing in their checks.
ABOUT JAY HANDELMAN
He joined the Herald-Tribune in November 1984 as Assistant City Editor, working on local news stories, editing and assigning. He was hired as theater critic when the paper established a full-time position in March 1986. He added television to his beat in December 1994, and was TV Editor from 2000 through 2007.
Before joining the Herald-Tribune, he spent nearly five years as a reporter and editor for United Press International’s local news bureau in Washington, D.C., including one year as D.C. NewsCenter Editor.
He is a two-time past chairman of the American Theatre Critics Association, the national organization of professional theater critics, and now serves as president of the Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association. He also is a member of the Television Critics Association.
He has served as a faculty member at the National Critics Institute in Waterford, Conn., and was the American representative to the International Young Critics Seminar in Rotterdam in 1990. He has served as an American delegate to International Association of Theatre Critics World Congresses in Helsinki, Finland (1996), Warsaw, Poland (2012) and Beijing (2014). .
He graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in communication. He was raised in River Edge, N.J.
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