As Founding Editor Continues to Endure Debilitating Effects of ALS,
Revitalized Staff Regroups to Carry Forward His Vision
Metro DC (September 7, 2017)—DCMetroTheaterArts (DCMTA)—the website that covers more local performing arts than any other media outlet—today announced the appointment of a new Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Hertvik. For the last two years, Nicole has been a DCMTA Senior Reviewer, and also served as Associate Editor.
In a simultaneous announcement, Joel Markowitz, DCMTA’s Publisher and Founding Editor, has been named Editor Emeritus. The transition to new leadership will be smooth, ensuring that the successful media platform Joel built will continue to serve the theater community and carry forward Joel’s vision.
Though Joel was diagnosed with ALS in April and can no longer speak, he offered his written endorsement of the leadership change:
In the five-and-a-half years since I founded DC Metro Theater Arts, it has been my honor and joy to cover the work of this exceptional, thriving theater community. As I transition to Editor Emeritus status to focus my energy on fighting the effects of ALS, I do so with confidence in our incoming Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Hertvik, who will lead DCMTA into the future with enthusiasm, grace, and my total blessing.
In an earlier message to DCMTA’s staff, Nicole said,
For now there will be minimal changes. DCMTA writers will continue to cover shows and to file reviews as before. I will be working with Patricia Mitchell as managing editor; David Siegel as senior advisor; John Stoltenberg as communications advisor; and a new team member, Darby DeJarnette, who will handle advertising and marketing. The big difference will be that Joel’s guiding light will be a remembered one. But we shall all work to be worthy of the beacon that was.
With a staff of more than 100 writers in Metro DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, DCMTA covers not only touring Broadway shows and locally produced professional theater but also community theater, children’s theater, high school and university theater, theater festivals, play readings, dance and music, and much more.
A hallmark of DCMTA is not only the expansiveness of its coverage but also its inclusivity and commitment to opportunity. DCMTA intends to be every theatergoer’s resource, every theater artist’s ally, and every theater’s amplifier—a local publication of record where up-and-coming talent can be celebrated right alongside big stars.
ABOUT NICOLE HERTVIK
Nicole Hertvik has a diverse theater background that includes acting, directing, playwriting, and dramaturgy. Having worked for many years as an international conference organizer and international education specialist, Nicole appreciates theater as the art form most conducive to exploring interpersonal and cultural issues. A lifelong writer, Nicole has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cincinnati and an MIA in International Affairs from Columbia University. She is currently working on an MPS in Journalism at Georgetown University. Her three children are the lights of her life, and not only because they tolerate her propensity to belt out show tunes while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Find Nicole on Facebook as Nicole Hertvik, Instagram as @nicolehertvik and Twitter as @nicolehertvik.
For all editorial inquiries, contact Nicole Hertvik, email@example.com. For advertising inquiries, contact Darby DeJarnette, firstname.lastname@example.org. For media inquiries, contact John Stoltenberg, email@example.com.