NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group has announced its third plenary speaker for this year’s TCG National Conference in Miami (June 5-7), who will amplify this year’s programmatic focus on arts journalism: Wesley Morris, critic-at-large for The New York Times, who will be featured in conversation on Thursday morning, June 6th.
Previous to The Times, Morris worked at Grantland as a staff writer and the Sportstorialist columnist and co-host of “Do You Like Prince Movies?” He was a film critic at The Boston Globe from 2002 to 2013, and before that at The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. Morris was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his criticism at the Globe in 2012, and while at Grantland was a National Magazine Award finalist for Columns and Commentary in 2015.
Born in Philadelphia, he recieved a bachelor’s degree in film studies from Yale University. Some of his spare time is spent making piecrusts, complaining about real estate development, and teaching writing to high school students in Bushwick.
Morris sometimes writes about theatre, among many other forms of culture, and regularly cohosts the podcast Still Processing with Jenna Wortham. Among his most essential big-picture critical writing: Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice?, Who Gets to Decide What Belongs in the ‘Canon’, and The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.