Byron Woods

Byron Woods is an award-winning journalist and critic who has covered the arts in central North Carolina since the mid-1990s, with over 1,900 stories published to date in regional newspapers and online media including Durham’s INDY Week and Raleigh’s News & Observer, and national and international publications including Back Stage, Dance Magazine, Downbeat,, InTheater and the Village Voice.

Selected honors include two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships in theater and dance criticism, two National Critics Institute fellowships at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the North Carolina Press Association and, most recently, a 2022 Green Eyeshade Award in arts criticism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Woods has served six times (so far) as critic in residence and clinician in short-course intensives on theater criticism in various regions of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and taught arts journalism and criticism at UNC Greensboro and in private seminars. He earned an M.A. in Communication Studies with a Performance Studies concentration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1995.

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