Before coming to WHYY, Howard Shapiro — everyone calls him “Howie” — spent 10 years as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s staff theater critic, responsible for reviewing in metropolitan Philadelphia and on Broadway. During nearly 43 years at the newspaper, his assorted reporting and editing jobs included cultural arts editor and editor of the Travel section.
He’s been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and an Internews Fellow in Greece. He was a fellow, and later a mentor, at the National Endowment for the Arts Institute for theater critics in Los Angeles. He teaches arts criticism and travel writing at Temple University and has been hanging around theaters much of his life.