On October 18, 2011, renowned critic Robert Cushman spoke on “The Master Critic and the Review” at York University: the TRB is delighted to be able to bring you his lecture.
Cushman’s bio on the York event page is as follows:
Born in London and educated at Cambridge University, worked for the BBC’s radio drama, TV arts programming and World Service. He was a theatre director and later theatre critic at The Observer from 1973 to 1984. He moved to Canada in 1987 and has been theatre critic at the National Post since its inception in 1999.
Cushman has written for other British and Canadian newspapers and magazines as well as for the New York Times and continued to work in the theatre as an author, director and even performer. He was director of corporate communications for Livent Inc. in 1998-99 and has been a prolific broadcaster, especially about musical theatre and American popular song. His popular series include “Book, Music and Lyrics” (BBC) and “Songbook” (CBC). His book Fifty Seasons at Stratford, a history of the Stratford Festival, was published in 2002 and he is a six-time winner of the Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism.