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Sherry Eaker

Sherry Eaker (Website Editor-in-Chief/Event Producer) has kept the tradition of the Bistro Awards going since the passing in 1992 of its creator, Bob Harrington, the first “Bistro Bits” columnist. She is the former longtime editor of Back Stage, the performing arts trade weekly that her father Ira Eaker founded in 1960. She compiled and edited four editions of the Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists, and compiled and edited the Cabaret Artists Handbook. Sherry is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the National Theatre Conference, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is an advisor to the boards of both the Manhattan Associaton of Cabarets & Clubs and the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition.

 

Gerry Geddes

Gerry Geddes has conceived and directed a number of musical revues—including the Bistro- and MAC Award-winning Monday in the Dark with George and Put On Your Saturday Suit – Words & Music by Jimmy Webb—and directed many cabaret artists, including André De Shields, Helen Baldassare, Darius de Haas, and drag artist Julia Van Cartier. He directs The David Drumgold Variety Show at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center monthly, and has produced a number of recordings, including two Bistro-winning CDs. He’s taught vocal performance at The New School, NYU, and London’s Goldsmith’s College and continues to conduct private workshops and master classes. As a writer and critic, he has covered New York’s performing arts scene for over 40 years in both local and national publications; his lyrics have been sung by cabaret and recording artists. Gerry is currently an artist in residence at Pangea, presenting a monthly variety show called Fabulous First Fridays.

 

Roy Sander

Roy Sander Roy Sander has been covering cabaret and theatre for over thirty years. He’s written cabaret and theatre reviews, features, and commentary for seven print publications, most notably Back Stage, and for CitySearch on the Internet. He covered cabaret monthly on New York Theatre Review on PBS TV, and cabaret and theatre weekly on WLIM-FM radio. He was twice a guest instructor at the London School of Musical Theatre and chairman of the judges of the MetroStar Talent Challenge for the competition’s 10-year run. A critic for BistroAwards.com, he is also the site’s Review Editor; in addition, he is Chairman of the Advisory Board of MAC.

 

Robert Windeler

Robert Windeler is the author of 18 books, including biographies of Shirley Temple, Mary Pickford, Julie Andrews, and Burt Lancaster. As a West Coast correspondent for Time and The New York Times, he covered movies, music, and television. He was a longtime arts and entertainment critic for National Public Radio and a theatre critic for Back Stage, and he contributed to many national publications, such as TV Guide and People, for which he wrote 35 cover stories; he currently writes reviews for BistroAwards.com. A graduate of Duke University in English Literature, he holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia University, where he studied critical writing with Judith Crist.

 

Mark Dundas Wood

Mark Wood 2016Mark Dundas Wood is an arts/entertainment journalist and dramaturg. In addition to reviewing for BistroAwards.com, he contributes regularly to theaterscene.net and clydefitchreport.com. Other reviews and articles have appeared in American Theatre and Back Stage. As a dramaturg, he has worked with New Professional Theatre and the New York Musical Theatre Festival.