Howard Sherman

Howard Sherman

Biography

Howard Sherman is a New York based arts administrator and advocate. He is director of the Arts Integrity Initiative at The New School for Performing Arts. Howard is a regular contributor to The Stage. Read his latest column every Friday.

Recent Articles

How will theatre respond to Trump’s presidency?

How will theatre respond to Trump’s presidency?

Donald Trump may make it into many stories says producer Howard Sherman, but for the time being let’s keep him off the stage
There are only glimpses of optimism for US theatre as uncertainty reigns

There are only glimpses of optimism for US theatre as uncertainty reigns

Material change for US arts workers and organisations seems unlikely before the anniversary of US theatre’s shutdown in two months, says Howard Sherman
Screen musicals have been a balm, but they also highlight our separation

Screen musicals have been a balm, but they also highlight our separation

Screen musicals such as The Prom and The Grinch Musical have filled the space of live theatrical work this year, but without an audible audience response, they have also accentuated our isolation and separation, says Howard Sherman
How Jefferson Mays’ A Christmas Carol is supporting closed US theatres

How Jefferson Mays’ A Christmas Carol is supporting closed US theatres

Dickens’ festive classic has long been a theatrical staple, but this year a film of Geffen Playhouse’s production will be available to stream anywhere, with the proceeds shared between venues all over America
Purists look away, but Covid may have ended the stage/screen divide for good

Purists look away, but Covid may have ended the stage/screen divide for good

Far from being a blip in this restricted year, the move towards filmed and streamed work during the pandemic could be the spur for theatre to redraw the lines of what constitutes live performance, says Howard Sherman
West Wing’s timely stage reunion was a reminder of TV and theatre’s differences

West Wing’s timely stage reunion was a reminder of TV and theatre’s differences

At a time when theatre artists are forced to create their art for the camera, the West Wing reunion on stage was a reminder that the forms are not the same
Ben Brantley

Ben Brantley

After nearly a quarter century as the New York Times’ chief theatre critic, Ben Brantley has put down his pen – at least for now. He tells The Stage how theatre has evolved over time, the works he believes have redefined the form, and why he thinks there will be a period in which daily critics, as we have traditionally known them, won’t exist
Streaming dispute leaves US union members caught in the middle

Streaming dispute leaves US union members caught in the middle

US unions Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are in dispute over streaming theatre, but it is members who are getting caught in the middle, says Howard Sherman
Loss of US healthcare will harm the viability of a career in the arts

Loss of US healthcare will harm the viability of a career in the arts

If we want diversity in the arts, as well as a safety net for all workers, economic structures must change, says Howard Sherman. For example, in the US, loss of healthcare coverage will further undermine the viability of a career in theatre
Arts educators are embracing technology, but nothing beats in-person contact

Arts educators are embracing technology, but nothing beats in-person contact

For the teaching of theatre, the current solutions aren’t even second best – they’re a useful stopgap, but unless students are together in a room they can’t truly interact with one another
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