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September 10, 2017 - Leonard Jacobs
|Leonard Jacobs is a
veteran of NYC arts, entertainment and culture. A
graduate of NYU, he spent the 1990s as a
playwright/director/dramaturg, arts critic and
culture journalist. In 1999, he became founding
editor of Theatermania.com. In 2001, he
joined Backstage, covering cultural
policy, philanthropy, and other topics affecting
post-9/11 theater, film and TV. In 2005, Jacobs
became Backstage’s National Theatre Editor
and first-string critic; he also began a four-year
run writing for the alt-weekly New York Press.
He has contributed to more than 40 publications,
websites and books.
In 2007, Jacobs founded The Clyde Fitch Report—named for a once-influential, now-obscure US playwright—as a personal arts-and-politics blog. In 2008, he published Historic Photos of Broadway, celebrating the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts. In 2011, he became Director of Cultural Institutions at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), where he helps to oversee a $117M public-private partnership between NYC and 33 nonprofit institutions. Jacobs relaunched The Clyde Fitch Report in 2012 as a curated opinion site at the nexus of arts and politics.
In 2014, Jacobs completed his MA in Theatre at Hunter College, CUNY. In 2015, The Clyde Fitch Report ran a successful Kickstarter, establishing Clyde Fitch LLC as an arts-and-politics niche consulting company, earning a squib in the New York Times. In 2016, Jacobs joined the faculty of Baruch College (CUNY) as Adjunct Professor in its MA Arts Administration program.
Jacobs is a member of the Drama Desk and American Theatre Critics Association. In a 2008 twist, he let his political freak-flag fly when he appeared 75 times on the live-streaming Fox News show “The Strategy Room”—as a Democrat. He likes food, travel and terrible puns. #resist