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JANUARY 7th, 2016 – NEW YORK, NY – The Village Voice, New York City’s most influential print and online publication, is excited to welcome two voices for the arts – Michael Feingold and Melissa Anderson. They are coming aboard as the nation’s first alternative newsweekly moves forward to continue curating an editorial team of thought leaders and influencers.
Michael Feingold will return to the Voice to write a twice-monthly arts column. Born in Chicago and raised in Highland Park, Illinois, he holds a B.A. from Columbia and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama. He began contributing reviews to the Village in February of 1971 and served as its chief theater critic from 1983 to 2013. During this time he received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Since 2013, he has written a monthly “Thinking About Theater” essay for, for which, in 2014, he received the exceptional honor of a second George Jean Nathan Award, making him one of only five critics ever to do so. Feingold also serves as Chairman of the Village Voice Obie Awards, given annually to honor Off-Broadway and Off-off-Broadway productions.
Feingold describes his column as “an ongoing meditation on the arts, especially the performing arts, in New York – their past, their present, and the way they reflect changes in American life.” His first column, which will appear on January 13th, will discuss a new book collecting noted off-off playwright Ronald Tavel’s essays on the seminal films he wrote for Andy Warhol.
Melissa Anderson has lived in New York since 1996 and joined the Village Voice staff on November 30th, 2015. She first began writing for the Voice in 2000. From late 2005 until early 2009 she was the Film editor of Time Out New York; she was a member of the New York Film Festival selection committee from 2009 to 2012. She is a regular contributor to Artforum and Bookforum and has also written for Film Comment and Sight & Sound.
Of her weekly column, “SCREEN CAPTURED”, Anderson explains, “Thinking and writing about new releases offers its own pleasures, and I’m thrilled that I’ll be weighing in on current releases every week. But what most excites me is having a platform to call attention to the extraordinary repertory offerings available in New York and to share my enthusiasms with the Voice’s astute readers.”
About The Village Voice
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in 1955, the Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation’s first alternative newsweekly, the Voice today carries on the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it embraced when it began publishing 60 years ago.The recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, the Voice remains a vigilant investigative watchdog and a go-to source for coverage of New York’s vast cultural landscape. The Voice‘s unique mix of in-depth newswriting and reporting, incisive arts, culture, music, dance, film, and theater reviews, and comprehensive entertainment listings provides readers with an indispensable perspective on the inner workings of the world’s most vibrant city.
The Voice website,, has twice been recognized as one of the nation’s premier online venues for quality journalism and local content. The site is a past winner of both the National Press Foundation’s Online Journalism Award and the Editor & Publisher EPPY Award for Best Overall U.S. Weekly Newspaper Online.
The paper’s 43rd annual Pazz & Jop music issue, a yearly poll voted on by nationally renowned music critics for the top album and single of the prior year, will hit stands on January 13th, 2016.
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