Lily Janiak studied theater at Yale and San Francisco State University, where she wrote her master’s thesis on Young Jean Lee. She writes about theater for SF Weekly and Theatre Bay Area and about film for The Village Voice. At SF State, she teaches the course “Writing About Theatre.” She’s also a playwright, director, dramaturg, blogger (lilyjaniak.blogspot.com), and guinea pig for makeup artists. In her spare time, she cooks a mean gumbo and rides slowly but with dignity on bike tours. @LilyJaniak
Lily Janiak and Artistic Director of Cal Shakes Jon Moscone talk about the impact of Janiak’s criticism of the play American Night at California Shakespeare Theater and the controversy it stirred.
NewCritcriticism & analysis
Lily Janiak discusses the world premiere of Stuart Eugene Bousel's adaptation of Rat Girl , a memior by Kristin Hersh, lead singer of Throwing Muses .
looks at how Magic Theatre's initative for young theatre-goes went beyond a discount, and how the premiere of Taylor Mac's Hir at the Magic complemented their earlier production of Buried Child .
Lily Janiak reviews the Repurposed Theatre production of Rachel Luann Strayer’s Drowning Ophelia .
Lily Janiak reviews Buried Child at the Magic Theater, and writes about the ways in which living in a world where the nuclear family has imploded sets new stakes for this play about familiar dysfunction.