L.A. Times' Charles McNulty wins Nathan Award for drama criticism
Charles McNulty, who has served as the chief theater critic at the Los Angeles Times since 2006, has won the 2009-10 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, which is administered by Cornell University's department of English.
Administrators said that the award committee chose to honor McNulty for his theater reviews and essays published in the L.A.Times, citing him as "an astute chronicler of individual productions as well as trends in contemporary playwriting."
McNulty regularly reviews large and small theater productions at Southern California companies as well as major shows on Broadway and off-Broadway. He also writes essays, feature stories on theater personalities and book reviews for the newspaper.
Prior to coming to the L.A. Times, McNulty was a theater critic and editor at the Village Voice, where he administered the Obie Awards. He has taught at New York University, Brooklyn College and the University of California at Los Angeles.
McNulty recently chaired the committee for the Pulitzer Prize in drama.
The Nathan Award has been given annually since 1959. Past winners include Ben Brantley, Charles Isherwood, Michael Feingold, Mel Gussow and last year's winner, Yale professor Marc Robinson. The award comes with a $10,000 prize and a statuette.
-- David Ng
Photo: Charles McNulty. Credit: Los Angeles Times