Helen Shaw will join New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture as theater critic.
Shaw, who was most recently a critic for Time Out New York and 4Columns.org, takes over the post from Sara Holdren, who announced her departure last month as she looks to return to directing. Shaw begins her role on Oct. 15.
“When we began looking for a critic, an extraordinary number of people immediately told us ‘You should hire Helen Shaw,’ and I’m very happy that we did,” editor-in-chief David Haskell said in a press release. “Her taste is broad and interesting, and she writes with the absolute expertise and enthusiasm of a great critic but also an understated dose of wit that we’ve all loved reading.”
Shaw, who was the 2018 recipient of the George Jean Nathan Award for theater criticism, has written for ArtForum, American Theatre, The Guardian, Art in America, the New York Times and TheatreForum.
She is an instructor at New York University’s Tisch School of Drama and a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle. Shaw received a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.