Nicole HertvikPublisher, Editor-in-Chief currently on leave of absence
Nicole oversees editorial and 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 was a 2019 National Critics Institute fellow at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.
Ellyn WexlerSenior 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 for print publications 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, for which she served as executive editor and writer.
Whitney FishburnChief 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 StoltenbergCommunications 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 ArmstrongManaging 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 SiegelSenior 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 MillerNYC 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 WidmannWebsite 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 MarkowitzPublisher 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.