Arts criticism is changing rapidly, and the internet has created more opportunities for people to get involved in the field, but success means more than just posting an opinion. Theater critic Lauren Yarger will run a five-week “Everyone’s a Critic” theater reviewing workshop at the Storyteller’s Cottage on Thursdays, starting Jan. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Storyteller’s Cottage is located at 750 Hopmeadow St. For more information, call 860-877-6099.
The class will also attend a performance of Pride & Prejudice at Playhouse on Park on Feb. 20. Visit https://www.storytellerscottage.com/ to reserve a spot for $180, which includes admission to Pride & Prejudice.
Everyone’s a Critic will focus on theater reviewing, but the principles of critical writing apply to film, dance, books, etc. The workshop will include basic instruction for reviewing, group critique of written work (done outside the class), and a field trip to a local professional theater production so students can put what they’ve learned into action. Students will learn how to turn their love for the arts into a fun side gig or career path. Some participants may be referred for inclusion in a mentorship program by the CT Critics Circle.