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Jay Handelman is the theater and television critic and arts writer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He reviews most of the professional and amateur theaters in Southwest Florida and covers the business of arts in the Sarasota area.
He joined the Herald-Tribune in November 1984 as Assistant City Editor, working on local news stories, editing and assigning. He was hired as theater critic when the paper established a full-time position in March 1986. He added television to his beat in December 1994, and was TV Editor from 2000 through 2006.
Before joining the Herald-Tribune, he spent nearly five years as a reporter and editor for United Press International’s local news bureau in Washington, D.C., including one year as D.C. NewsCenter Editor.
He is the chairman of the American Theatre Critics Association, the national organization of professional theater critics, and serves on the board of the Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association. He also is a member of the Television Critics Association.
He has served as a faculty member at the National Critics Institute in Waterford, Conn., and was the American representative to the International Young Critics Seminar in Rotterdam in 1990. In 1996, he was an American delegate to the International Association of Theatre Critics World Congress in Helsinki, Finland. In 2012, he will be an American delegate to the IATC World Congress in Warsaw, Poland.
He graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor’s degree in communication. He was raised in River Edge, N.J.
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