Coach to international students, City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, August 2012 to present. Author of the English for Journalists blog and American English for World Media (CUNY Journalism Press, 2016). Developing online course in English for the media.


  • Freelance writer for publications including The New York Times, The Sondheim Review, Everything Sondheim (editorial board member, 2017), Dance Magazine, City Center Playbill, China Daily USA and The National, Abu Dhabi’s English-language newspaper.
  • Fulbright senior specialist, University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland, spring 2016. Taught “English for the Media,” “English for the Arts” and “English for Academia and Beyond,” an advanced writing workshop for doctoral candidates.
  • English-language editor, Forum Oswiatowe (Educational Forum), a peer-reviewed education journal, November 2014 to present, and Marxism and Education: International Perspectives on Theory and Action, by Lotar Rasiński, Dave Hill and Kostas Skordoulis, to be published by Routledge in December 2017; and Jinan University websites (
  • Advisory board member and mentor, UPI Next, August 2012 to March 2014. Helped develop content analysis tool; used tool to evaluate story pitches and edit finished articles for publication. As part of the 2013-14 Pakistan project, guided authors of 23 articles from initial pitches to publication.
  • Associate editor, Middle East Media Educator, a refereed journal published at the University of Woolongong in Dubai, 2012-13.
  • Collaborator and lead writer on The Leap: From Dancer to Director in 21st-Century Ballet, a nonfiction book in progress.
  • Editor of All I Ever Needed Was the Music: A Biography of Edward Kleban, Lyricist of A Chorus Line, by Phillip K. Sprayberry, due from Fenetre Press in 2016.




The New York Times: May 1988 to May 2008. Editor specializing in arts and culture, most recently as deputy editor for classical music and dance. Previous positions included night editor for culture news, including early web page (one year); assistant to the editor, Weekend section (five years); arts editor, Sunday regional sections (five years); and staff editor, culture news desk (six years). Also worked on the national editions, the style desk, and occasionally on the foreign, national and metro desks.

Freelance writing and editing: November 1986 to May 1988. Projects included:

  • More than 200 feature articles published in newspapers including The Boston Globe, The New York Daily News, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, The Atlanta Journal, The Miami Herald, The Miami News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Subjects included lifestyles, travel, the arts, television, food, home design and education.
  • Contributing editor to Gault Millau’s The Best of New England (Prentice Hall Travel, 1989). Researched and wrote introduction and chapters on Boston, the basics of New England travel, and sightseeing throughout the six-state region.
  • Writing, editing and consulting,  internal communications and personnel divisions, Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Mass., May 1987 to May 1988.
  • Edited three cookbooks by Malabar Hornblower: Do-Ahead Dining, (Globe Pequot Press, 1986), Do-Ahead Entertaining (Globe Pequot, 1988) and The Plimoth Plantation Book of New England Cookery (Harvard Common Press, 1991).

The Boston Globe: Copy editor, night news desk (1979-80); layout/makeup/slot editor, Living/Arts department (1980-86). Served on editorial committee revising Globe stylebook, 1982-85.

The Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y.: 1976-79.  Assistant metro editor and copy editor on wire and metro desks. As member of committee designing first editorial computer system, trained about 50 metro reporters and editors on computers.

The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Va.:  Newspaper Fund editing intern, summer 1975; copy editor, 1975-76.


English as a second/foreign language: Certificate in English language teaching, the New School, January 2008.  Courses included grammar, pronunciation, writing, principles of language learning and teaching, methods, and learner assessment.

  • University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland: As supervised practicum, team-taught an intensive three-week class for true beginners, summer 2007. Instructor of the advanced summer intensive, August 2008 and August 2009. Intensives in English for special purposes: “Cultural Backgrounds of English-Speaking Nations,” October 2010; “English for Professional Purposes,” October 2011; “English for the Media,” July 2013; “English for the Media,” “English for the Arts” and “English for Academia and Beyond,” spring 2016, as a Fulbright senior specialist; “English Writing: Avoiding the Trouble Spots,” August 2017.
  • American Language Program, Columbia University:  Adjunct instructor, summer 2008, team-teaching low intermediate level, six hours a week; summer 2011 and 2012, sole instructor of “English for Professional Purposes: Business,” an advanced three-week intensive, 18 hours a week. As part of New School course in methods of teaching, taught a 10-week writing lab for intermediate and advanced students, spring 2007. Occasional guest lecturer on “The Changing Media.”
  • Hunan University of Science and Technology, Xiangtan, China: oral English instructor, full time, spring semester 2010.
  • Private lessons in intermediate and advanced English and beginning French, in person and via Skype, independently and through Global LT, 2010 to present.

Baruch College: Adjunct instructor. “Communicating About U.S. Business and Politics,” a required course in the Contemporary American Business Practices certificate program, Division of Continuing and Professional  Studies, fall semester 2016. “Grammar for Better Professional Communication,” fall semester 2017.

Jinan University, Guangzhou, China: Fall semester 2015: taught the first three professional courses in a new international journalism program: “English News Gathering and Writing,” “International News Analysis and Comparison” and “Survey of English-Speaking Cultures.” Also taught freshman oral English; a special lecture for graduate students in the School of Journalism and Communication; and workshops on writing for the public to International School administrators and graduate students in the translation program. Presented weekly movie night of films set in the media world. Spring 2018: taught six-week course,  “Media Law and Ethics”; conducted six workshops for the Institute of Economic and Social Research on academic and business writing; conducted workshop for students in the translation program on the art of translation.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver: Canwest Visiting Professor in arts and culture journalism, Graduate School of Journalism, Vancouver, spring semester 2012.

Colorado State University: CSU/Gannett Foundation professional in residence, February and March 1987. Duties included 20 guest lectures in reporting and editing classes; counseling students; advising the student newspaper staff; and conducting a two-day editing seminar for Colorado newspaper editors.

Emerson College, Boston: Adjunct instructor, Division of Mass Communications, 1986-87. Taught “Fundamentals of Reporting,” “Public Affairs Reporting,” “Senior Print Lab” (editing and graphics) and directed study in arts criticism.



New York University: Professional certificate in arts administration, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, spring 2009. Courses included general management, marketing, finance, fund-raising, ethics, music and concert management, Broadway management and cultural tourism. Invited back as frequent guest speaker on how arts publicists can work effectively with the media.

Broadway theaters: Substitute usher. Vivian Beaumont Theater, April 2011 to present; more than 500 performances of War Horse, Ann, Macbeth, Act One, The King and I and Oslo. Circle in the Square, January 2014 to present: more than 200 performances of Bronx Bombers, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, The River, Fun Home and In Transit. Occasional substitute at the Stephen Sondheim Theater, the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and Avery Fisher Hall. Member of Local 306, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

William Paterson University: Co-convener of a two-day symposium, “The Sagacious Stephen Sondheim,” February 2008.



New Plaza Cinema: Consultant on publications and press materials, February 2018 to present. Set up initial website; advised on social media and crowdfunding.

Art Deco Society of New York: Consultant on publications and press materials, August 2013 to present.

Poll worker:  Scanner inspector, New York City Board of Elections, November 2014.

New York French American Charter School: Produced press materials as a Catchafire project, May to September 2013.

News Literacy Project: Guest speaker/mentor, April 2009.

Volunteer usher: Japan Society in New York, Village Light Opera Group, Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition (New York Coliseum, 1996), First Night Boston and other arts presenters, 1986 to 2006.



Boston University: Master of Liberal Studies degree in women’s studies, May 1981. Courses included law, history, anthropology, psychology, literature and economics. Thesis: “Images of Women in the Boston Press.”

Pennsylvania State University: B.A. in journalism and B.A. in political science, November 1975. Editor of The Daily Collegian, independent student newspaper, circulation 16,500, 1974-75. Study abroad: University of Manchester, England, “Mass Media in Great Britain,” spring 1975; practicums at The Guardian, Manchester, and Granada Television.



Oxford University: Recipient of an English-Speaking Union fellowship to attend the ESU’s annual international conference, July 1996.

Duke University: New York Times visiting media fellow, DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism, Sanford Institute for Public Policy, January-February 1995.



French: Fairly fluent. Four years of study in high school and college; continuing education classes since.

Polish: Low-intermediate level. Informal study, 2007 to present.

Japanese: Three years of study at the New School and the Japan Society of New York, 1996 to 1999.

Mandarin: Beginner-level classes in Xiangtan, China, and the New School, New York, 2010 and 2011.

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