Live Arts Criticism Panel

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Boston Center for the Arts | Plaza Black Box Theatre
539 Tremont Street, Boston |

How do we continue to tell our stories to the public as arts journalism fights to survive? And how does the story of our art and our organization change based on who is telling it?

ArtsBoston is pleased to host Live Arts Criticism, a public panel in partnership with the The Front Porch Arts Collective and the Boston Center for the Arts about the future of artistic criticism in our increasingly diverse community. Hear from editors and critics on Tuesday, November 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Plaza Black Box Theatre about the collaboration necessary to help the performing arts thrive in Boston, both on stage and in print.

Who should attend:

  • Staff of performing arts organizations

  • Writers, reporters, & critics

  • Audience members & fans of music, theatre, & dance


Kathryn Boland
Dance Magazine

Kathryn Boland is a Boston and New York City based dance writer. Publication credits include Dance Informa magazine, Dance Magazine, DIYdancer, Dance Studio Life Magazine, and Dance Dispatches. She is fascinated by eclectisim, collaboration, and the way that different artistic media can converge. Training in Dance/Movement Therapy (MA Lesley University 2015) and yoga (certified 500 hour instructor) have also attuned to her intersections of movement and health, wellness, social justice, and the power of art to create social change. She is passionate about supporting emerging artists as well as spurring necessary dialogues in the dance and wider arts worlds. For relaxation and enjoyment, Kathryn treasures music, comedy, time in nature, practicing yoga, and a chat over coffee with a good friend or two.

Maria Garcia
Senior Editor, WBUR’s The ARTery

Maria Garcia is the senior editor of The ARTery, WBUR’s Arts and Culture Team. She oversees WBUR’s arts coverage for the radio and the web. Maria came to Boston from New York City where she earned a Master of Arts in journalism, with a focus on arts and culture reporting from Columbia Journalism School. Before that, Maria focused on political and investigative reporting along the U.S. – Mexico border. She started her career as a 19-year-old intern at ABC-7 in El Paso, and worked her way to lead investigative reporter and the youngest anchor of a 35-minute discussion program. Maria broke and investigated several big stories, including the mysterious loss of nearly $30 million at city hall and lack of financial reporting by public officials. Her stories often led to community action, including a city ethics investigation, reform of bidding rules and performance improvement plans for high level city officials. After a decade of political reporting, Maria decided to pursue another long-standing passion: arts journalism. She is interested in arts reporting in New England’s underrepresented areas, as well as investigative stories about Boston’s legacy arts institutions.

Jameson Johnson
Editor-in-Chief, Boston Art Review

Jameson Johnson is a writer, editor, curator, and  community organizer based in Boston. She is the Founder and Editor in Chief at Boston Art Review, an independent print publication committed to facilitating discourse around contemporary art in Boston and beyond. Her research practice is rooted in the exploration and preservation of narratives through contemporary information archives. Most recently, Jameson curated “Contours of Meaning” at the Boston Center for the Arts and has an exhibition forthcoming at Fountain Street Gallery in January.

Zoë Madonna
Music Critic, The Boston Globe

Zoë Madonna is a music critic and reporter for the Boston Globe. Her writing has also been published by outlets including VAN Magazine, National Sawdust Log, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN, and Early Music America Magazine.  A graduate of Oberlin College, she was the 2014 recipient of the Rubin Prize in Music Criticism. Outside of work, she enjoys playing the accordion and shapenote singing.



Pascale Florestal

Pascale Florestal is a Director, Educator and Collaborator. Her recent directing credits include: Marie & Rosetta (Greater Boston Stage Company), Code Listen at The Millenium Stage of The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, Shrek The Musical! (Greater Boston Stage Company), and An Education in Prudence (Open Theatre Project). Pascale has also directed several staged readings of new plays by Michael Hisamoto, Marcus Gardley, Obehi Janice, Phaedra Michelle Scott, Lynne Brandon, Erin Lerch and Greg Lam. As an Assistant to the Director she has worked with Liesl Tommy, Billy Porter, Paul Daigneault and M. Bevin O’Gara. Pascale currently works at the Boston Center for the Arts as the Venue Associate. She recently worked at SpeakEasy Stage Company as the Boston Project Coordinator and Co-Directed The True Colors Troupe Program with The Theater Offensive. Currently she is the Education Director for The Front Porch Arts Collective where she created the Young Critics Program, an educational program that strives to foster and incubate the next generation of Theater Critics.

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