Lisa Traiger (she/her) edits and writes From the Green Room, Dance/USA’s online journal. An arts journalist since 1985, she was a freelance dance critic for The Washington Post Style section. As arts correspondent, her pieces on the cultural and performing arts appear regularly in the Washington Jewish Week. There she has reported on Jewish drum circles, Israeli folk dance, Holocaust survivors, Jewish Freedom Riders, and Jewish American artists from Ben Shahn to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim to Y Love, Anna Sokolow to Liz Lerman to Ohad Naharin. She has written for Dance, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Washingtonian, The Forward, Moment, Dance Studio Life, Stagebill, Sondheim Review, and Asian Week, among other publications.
A recipient of two Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Arts Criticism from the American Jewish Press Association, Traiger shared a Rockower for reporting on the 2009 shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. She was a New York Times Fellow in the Institute for Dance Criticism at the American Dance Festival in Durham, N.C. A former board member and president of the Dance Critics Association, she also served as a member of Dance Notation Bureau’s advisory board. She recently directed and taught Dance Metro DC’s Local Dance Journalism Project.
Lisa holds an M.F.A. in choreography from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught dance appreciation at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, Rockville, Md.
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