Randy Gener



​​​​​​Rube Goldberg Deadline Club Award for Best Arts Reporting in NYC

– For "enterprise, overcoming 

obstacles and shedding light on censorship and government repression."

Society of Professional Journalists

The Nathan Award

(George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism)

– Given to “the American who has written the best piece of drama criticism, whether it is an article, an essay, a treatise or a book.” 

Heads of the English Departments of Cornell, Yale and Princeton Universities + their respective Theater Department Chairs

NLGJA Journalist of the Year

– Given each year to "recognize journalists who have made a difference in their field."

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association

Four (4) NATJA Gold Medals First Place for Excellence in Travel Writing

North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA)  +  School of Art & Media Studies and School of English, Philosophy & Humanities at Fairleigh Dickinson University

Legacy of the Nation 

(Pamana ng Pilipinas) Presidential Award

Conferred by Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III in Dec. 2010​​





​​Nieman Foundation for Journalism's 2008 Narrative Editing Program + 2006 Narrative Writing Conference

Harvard University

Associated Press Media Editors (ASPME) NewsTrain workshop

Associated Press Media Editors

Trust for Mutual 


Ford Foundation Media, Arts & Culture + Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom Programs

Ford Foundation/International Institute for Education 

New York Times Criticism Fellowship

New York Times Co. Foundation  +  O'Neill Center National Critics Institute 

Bard College's Film Criticism and Social Issues Reporting Fellowships

    Dow Jones Foundation + New York Times Foundation

Evan Shipley Hook Educational Grant

Foundation of American Theatre Critics Association

Jerome Foundation National 

Criticism Fellowship

Jerome Foundation of St. Paul, Minneapolis

New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artists Project

International Laureate in Literature, Research and Criticism

South Korea's Incheon Foundation for Arts & Culture



New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner for Criticism

Author of On Michael Jackson and Negroland

  •                      "Randy Gener is a first-rate writer and editor.

  • ​                         He is an award-winning critic and features 

  •                          writer who understands culture in the

  •                          deepest and widest sense — as news, as art, as

​                                   politics, as media.  He also has an international, a

                                   global perspective on culture that is enormously

                                   valuable work is enormously and still too rare

                                   among editors and writers.  He has a great deal to

                                   offer and to teach." 


Academy Award winner for Shakespeare in Love
Britain's Greatest Living Playwright (The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia,
                                The Real Thing, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

                               "I have been impressed by Randy Gener’s     

  •                         professionalism as a journalist, and am
  •                         happy to endorse him for The Ten Outstanding
    •               Americans in New York Award. 


                                 "Randy's essay 'Fomenting a Denim Revolution'

                                   — about the Soviet-style censorship    

                                   and government repression in Belarus — is

                                   superb, the best and fullest account of the

                                   situation I have read.  Everyone who cares about   

                                   freedom in Europe has reason to thank him."


Village Voice Senior Editor

Deputy Director of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program

Associate Director of the NEA Arts Journalism Institute of Theater and
          Musical Theater

                                  "Always a pleasure to work with and to    

                                     know, Randy has had a significant impact
                          on      American media and international
Those of us who knew and worked

  •                            with him at the Village Voice were immediately

  •                            impressed with his passion for work, his energy,
                               and his tremendous good nature — none of    

                                     which has diminished.  It's gratifying to see him

                                     now at the top of his game,

                                     with more to accomplish."


The national organization for the American theater

                               "Randy Gener's command of theatrical
                                  subjects is unequalled among his

                                 "He has been a tremendous asset to
                                  American Theatre magazine, 

                                  since he joined the staff full-time in 2001. 

         "Randy's selection by the Nathan Award committee to receive
          the prestigious George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic      
          Criticism marks the first time that the award has gone 
          specifically for writing in American Theatre, and we’re    
          particularly proud of that achievement.

         "Randy is the kind of news editor and journalist who
          uses and depends upon a critical sensibility as the
          central impulse of his writing.  
Even when he’s doing
          interviews or features or reportage, there’s an implicit
          recognition that what’s important is the artistry behind
          the information, the play behind the personality, the
          creative accomplishment behind the PR push."


New York chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) 

                                  "Randy Gener shed light into government
                                      censorship and repression of artists.

                                      "Randy met the high standards of excellence in
                                      journalism.  He went above and beyond
                                      with regards to enterprise, resourcefulness and
                                      overcoming obstacles in pursuit of the story."



Poet and Romanian Diplomat

Cultural Counselor in the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Program Director for Fulbright U.S.–Romanian Exchange Commission  

                                     "Randy Gener is one of the most compelling
                                      voices in our era of globalization.  

                                      He has an instinctive sense of mission, which is
                                      to contribute to the building a culturally global
                     world — something that does not happen 
                                      on its own.

                                     "I have seen the way Randy covers the world:      
                                      with wide, open eyes and an inquisitive, deeply
                                      perceptive mind.  

                                      "So much about the cultures, trends and
                                       problems of areas around the world are
                                       too little known.  Randy has presented

                                      and written about them.  By so doing, 

                                      he has given largely ignored communities a
                                      clear voice — with daring and a sure,         

                                      cultivated taste."


Playwright and New York University Professor

Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship

                                 "Randy and I have worked very closely.  I am

                                    grateful to him for his tireless work as a
                                    producer and dramaturge.  


                                  "I admire Randy's diligence, intelligence and

                                    persistence.  He's a gem and totally      

                                    compatible as a work partner. 
                                                      I'd hire him in a flash."