Chief Theatre Critic and Arts Columnist
B.A. 1968 Music
Linda Winer is chief theater critic of Newsday, which she joined as arts columnist in 1987. She has taught critical writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts since 1992. She also was the host of the “Women in Theatre” series on CUNY-TV from 2002-2007 and hosts the “Women in Theatre” DVD.
She reviewed classical music, then was chief theater and dance critic of the Chicago Tribune from 1969-1980. She covered the arts at the New York Daily News from 1980-1982 and USA Today from 1982-1987. Her work has won first prizes in both criticism and commentary in the same year from the American Society of Sunday and Features Editors, as well as two New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Awards, the New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award, three Long Island Press Club Awards and the Society of the Silurians Award.
She received a two-year Rockefeller Foundation for the Training of Music Critics in 1968 and was a critic fellow at the American Dance Festival in 1970. She has judged the Obie Awards, the Astaire Awards, the Lucille Lortel Awards and the Wendy Wasserstein Awards. She has served on the board of the Burns Mantel theater yearbook, “Best Plays,” since 2002 and has been a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle since 1982. She teaches frequently at the critics’ program of the Eugene O’Neill Center, has served on two Pulitzer Prize nominating juries and has judged the Pulitzer Prize for drama nine times, four times as panel chair.
She graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1968.