RANDY GENER is the Nathan Award-winning editor, writer, critic, journalist and conceptual artist in New York City.
Gener is the U.S.A, editor of Critical Stages (criticalstages.org), an international web journal that provides cutting-edge criticism of the international performing arts. He is the founder of in the theater of One World (theaterofOneWorld.org), a media project devoted to cultural diplomacy and international understanding.
For his editorial work and critical essays as contributing writer and senior editor of American Theatre magazine, Gener received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, the Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, five travel media awards for writing excellence from North American Travel Journalists Association Awards competition; and NLGJA Journalist of the Year, among others.
Gener served for four years as co-creator and curatorial adviser of From the Edge, USITT's USA National Exposition at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. This exposition on the sociopolitical issues consuming American performance makers today returned from Prague and debuted in Long Beach, California, in March 2012. It will premiere in New York at LaMaMa LaGalleria from Dec. 3 to 16, 2012. Gener served as a U.S. judge of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the 2011 International Festival MESS Sarajevo in Bosnia and Hercegovina.
An independent scholar, Gener contributes critical essays and scholarly articles to books and anthologies, most recently in Cambridge Guide to the American Theater (Cambridge University Press), International Theatre Institute: The World of Theater (Peter Lang Editions in Paris; ITI Center in Bangladesh), About the Phenomenon of Theater (Namayesh, Iran); and Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre and Performance (Eyecorner Press, Denmark).
Gener is finishing editing and writing the introduction to The Female Heart and Other Plays by Linda Faigao-Hall, a collection of plays, for publisher NoPassport Press.
He is the author of the plays Love Seats for Virginia Woolf,Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool, A Parliament of the Streets, and other theatre works.
His conceptual installation, in the garden of One World, debuted at La MaMa La Galleria in New York. He has created several critically acclaimed photography/oral-history exhibitions about Filipino-American immigration in the U.S.
Gener lectures on arts and culture, international theater, arts criticism and the impact of new technology on narrative. Recent speaking engagements include:
- Colleges and universities:
- Martin E. Segal Theatre Center-Graduate Center, City University of New York, Montclair State University, University of South Carolina, Brooklyn College;
- U.S. and Europe festivals:
- Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Prague Quadrennial , William Inge Theatre Festival, Humana Festival of New American Plays;
- Corporations and nonprofit institutions:
- Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Hallmark Inc., Dramatists Guild of America, Odeon Theatre of Bucharest, Romanian Cultural Institute-New York, Long Wharf Theater Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre and La MaMa E.T.C.