Mark J. Charney is Associate Director of National Critics Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. Charney, a playwright, is currently Chair of the Texas Tech University Department of Theatre and Dance. He was a former Chair of English and director of theatre at Clemson University. Charney serves as national chair of the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy and the Dramaturgy Initiative for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. I conducted an interview with Charney in Waterford, Connecticut in June about the O'Neill National Critics Institute among other questions.
What drawn you to theatre criticism? And who are your influences?