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 Weekly, Boston 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.