2022 Inaugural Critics Cohort Program

This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the Program

In order to dismantle discriminatory practices in cultural reporting and arts journalism, Beltline to Broadway’s Board of Directors feels it is of utmost importance to ensure theater is being covered from a place of cultural understanding and lived experience. Therefore, we, as an organization and community, need to provide more opportunities for emerging writers, from a variety of backgrounds and lived experiences, to express their unique perspectives freely and without fear of retribution. Consequently, Beltline to Broadway is establishing a Critics Cohort Program, specifically for BIPOC emerging writers, who wish to explore a career in arts journalism.

The purpose of this program is to provide access and opportunities to emerging writers from a variety of lived experiences. Participating in the program will afford students to:

1. Deepen their understanding of theater criticism and cultural reporting;

2. Practice writing reviews and critical essays;

3. Connect and network with established BIPOC journalists from around the country;

4. Publish their work.

If you are interested in participating in this program, email lauren[at]beltlinetobroadway.org. The next round of applications will be accepted in late 2022.