Leadership Team

Nicole Hertvik


Nicole oversees management decisions at DC Metro Theater Arts. She is a contributing writer to DCMTA and a freelance writer covering the arts and social issues in the Washington, DC region. Nicole holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University and was a 2019 National Critics Institute fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. She spent most of 2020 revisiting third, fifth, and seventh grade with her three daughters while schools were closed due to Covid.

Ellyn Wexler

Senior Editor

Ellyn Wexler spent 25 years on staff with The Gazette, the Washington Post’s chain of suburban newspapers in Maryland, predominantly as Features Editor, covering arts and entertainment in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties in print and online. Since 2012, she has been a regular freelance writer and editor for The Writer's Center magazine. In April 2016, she launched CultureSpotMC.com, a weekly online arts magazine for the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Whitney Fishburn

Chief Critic Classical/Opera

Whitney Fishburn is an award-winning journalist, editor, and author who has covered the arts and sciences at home and abroad for more than 30 years. A member of the Music Critics Association of North America, she has hosted and produced hundreds of hours of NPR affiliate classical and jazz programming. Her many bylines, including for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Christian Science Monitor, are under her previous last name, McKnight.

John Stoltenberg

Communications Advisor and interim Editor-in-Chief

An accomplished writer, John holds masters degrees in theatre arts from Columbia and in public relations and communications from Georgetown. He has more than three decades of experience working professionally in publishing and graphic communications.

Megan Armstrong

Managing Editor

Megan brings many years of theater administration and performance experience with her to DC Metro Theater Arts. Along with writing and editing, she also has a passion for comedy and improvisation, and runs the Baltimore-based Charm City Comedy Project and Charm City Comedy Festival in her free time.

David Siegel

Senior Advisor

David has decades of experience with DC area professional theater community as a theater company marketing director, theater company Board President, Helen Hayes Judge and skilled arts and entertainment writer for print and online media. David is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the national association of professional theater critics.

Deb Miller

NYC Critic

Deb Miller (PhD, Art History) is the Senior Correspondent and Editor for New York City. She is an active member of the Outer Critics Circle, and served for more than a decade as a Voter, Nominator, and Judge for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. Outside of her home base in NYC, she has written and lectured extensively on the arts and theater throughout the world, and previously served as a lead writer for Stage Magazine, Phindie, and Central Voice.

Brett Widmann

Website Manager

Brett has been a full-time freelance developer since 2012, and was a pit musician while growing up in Central Wisconsin. When he isn't coding, he can be seen at concerts in Chicago and posting food pics to his Instagram.


Joel Markowitz

Publisher Emeritus and Editor Emeritus

Joel Markowitz founded DC Metro Theater Arts in 2012 and oversaw it until succumbing to ALS in November of 2017. He is sorely missed by the entire Mid-Atlantic theater community.


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