PUBLISHER AND CO-FOUNDER: EVANS DONNELL
CO-FOUNDER: RICK MALKIN
CHIEF CRITIC: JONATHAN PINKERTON
Nashville Arts Critic has arts news items from staff reports plus views and reviews of theater, opera and film. It was founded by former Music City journalist Evans Donnell with photography from local lensman Rick Malkin. Jonathan Pinkerton now contributes theater reviews and features.
Evans Donnell wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012 and for ArtsNash from 2012 forward. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman’s “The People vs Larry Flynt” among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association.
Rick Malkin is a professional photographer and drummer who loves the arts and has regularly performed with other musicians at Boiler Room Theatre and elsewhere while shooting publicity stills for many performing arts productions. He owns and operates Rick Malkin Photography.
From the time he was cast as Turkey Lurkey in a kindergarden production of “Chicken Little”, Jonathan Pinkerton has been hooked on all things performing arts. While his on-stage glory basically peaked with that performance, he did, on occasion, return to the stage, but his high school and college years presented opportunities behind the scenes as stage hand, light tech and various other less glorious, but equally vital aspects of theatre. During those years Jonathan also discovered a love of writing as an active member of his high school and college yearbook staff, as well as school-sponsored creative writing magazines and student edited newspapers. In fact, his first post-college job was as Sports Editor of his local hometown paper. He agreed to take the job if they’d also allow him to be their Entertainment Editor. When the Editor pointed out there was no Entertainment section, Jonathan noted, “There will be if I’m here”. With that, his love or reviewing and interviewing those who excel in the performing arts was born. His writing career took a backseat for a while while when he found himself working as a buyer and celebrity author event planner for Tower Books. A chance encounter with a former college friend saw Jonathan transition into the music industry with a job in the graphic department at Warner Bros. record label where he worked on cd releases by everyone from Faith Hill to George Jones. That lead to a job with rpm management, whose roster at the time included Tim McGraw, Holly Williams and then-preteen country superstar, Billy Gillman. Next up, Jonathan found himself working as the assistant to the coordinating producer of American Idol during the show’s first two seasons. Two years of travel during the show’s audition cycle convinced Jonathan it was time to find a more steady gig, so he landed at CMT, the MTV-owned country music network. A few years of fun there finally lead Jonathan back to his first love of writing when he landed a gig as the Nashville Entertainment Examiner for the online news service, examiner.com. After nearly eight years covering the performing arts scene in and around Nashville for examiner, during which he’s interviewed Broadway stars, TV icons, comedians and celebrities, Jonathan found it was time to once again find a new outlet for his creative journalism, a discovery that lead him to team with Nashville Arts Critic.