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
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
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
"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
"Always a pleasure to work with and to
know, Randy has had a significant impact
on American media and international
performance. 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."
THEATRE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
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, especially
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
"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,
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."