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.

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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