Photo by Simone Rogers

Laura Bleiberg was only 15 when she became possessed with the unusual notion that she wanted a career as a dance critic (not knowing, of course, that dance critics rarely have “careers”).  Her wish miraculously came true, however, not so very long afterwards.  Based in Southern California, Laura writes criticism, news and features about the arts and other subjects for the Los Angeles Times, LA WeeklyBoston Globe and Orange Coast Magazine.  Her stories have also appeared in The New York Times, GQ, Dance Magazine and other publications.  She was the dance critic and arts reporter for the Orange County Register for 18 years, and a guest critic for public radio station KCRW-89.9 FM. She is proud to have been a news reporter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.

Laura graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Scripps College and a master’s of science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism (Northwestern University).  She was a Fellow at the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University and at the American Dance Festival’s Critics Conference.  She was co-chair of the National Critics Conference in 2006 and served on a grants panel for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.  She has been an invited speaker and moderator for Dance Camera West, University of California, Irvine, Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton.

Switching gears for three years, Laura had a stint as an arts administrator and development officer at South Coast Repertory and Irvine Barclay Theatre.  It turned out that she missed writing too much. So she returned to journalism full-time with a greater knowledge and understanding of the inner-workings of nonprofit arts agencies.  Plus, she is now proficient at Excel spreadsheet, which is handy for organizing her life.


5 Responses to “Author, author”

  1. kim savage Says:

    Laura – Congratulations on your beautiful new blog post! It is a delight to read your crisp and precise writing, all in one place! For anyone in the LA area looking for dance news and critique, this is the go to blog. Looking forward to seeing more performances with you.

    1. Thank you so much, Kim!

  2. Dear Laura,
    It’s been ages! I hope life has been treating you and your family well. I’m delighted to see you still have my image of Swan Lake framing your wonderful writing.
    I wanted to inform you that I have a new book coming out and was wondering if you might be interested in reviewing it for the Los Angeles Times as well as your blog. Inside The Dancer’s Art is my sixth book–it’s a retrospective of my 30 years of photographs of dancers with quotes from the dancers themselves expressing what dance/art means to them. It features the biggest names in dance along side many talented emerging young artists. It includes a Foreword by Lar Lubovitch. If you’re interested, I can have my publisher send you a complimentary copy of the book. Please let me know and I’ll get that in the works. I’ll need your address. In the meantime, please visit my website to read more about the book. Click on Books. Sending you my best, Rose

    Please also feel free to phone me. 818 784-8504

  3. Felicia Says:

    Hi Laura – i handle the PR for St-Germain, and we have an incredible event coming up in LA with movement based contemporary dance company, No)one. Art House. I would love to share more details/invite for a potential story idea — can you send me the best address? Many thanks – Felicia.

    1. Hi Felicia, Please send any information to Thanks! Laura

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