Jonathan Kalb is Professor of Theater at Hunter College of the City University of New York and a member of the Theater Ph.D. faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is also Literary Advisor and a Resident Artist at Theater for a New Audience. He served for six years as Chair of Hunters Theatre Department and is the founding editor of HotReview.org, The Hunter On-Line Theater Review.
Kalb has twice won the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, his nations richest and most prestigious prize for a theater critic. He won it in 1991 for his first book, Beckett in Performance (Cambridge University Press) and his articles and reviews in The Village Voice and again in 2012 for Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater (University of Michigan Press), which also won the George Freedley Memorial Award from the Theater Library Association for the years outstanding theater book. Kalb was a regular theater critic for The Village Voice from 1987-1997 and the chief theater critic for New York Press from 1997-2001. He has published dozens of essays, articles, interviews, and other writings in such journals as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation, salon.com Salmagundi, Modern Drama, Theater Journal, Theater, Performing Arts Journal, TDR, Theater Heute, The Threepenny Review, The Michigan Quarterly Review, New German Critique, TheatreForum, American Theatre, as well as in numerous books. Two book collections of Kalb's critical writing have been published: Free Admissions: Collected Theater Writings (Limelight Editions, 1993) and Play By Play: Theater Essays and Reviews, 1993-2002 (Limelight Editions, 2003).
In the late 1980s, Kalb was awarded a Fulbright Grant to West Berlin and lived there for two years, where he began to write about German theater. His book The Theater of Heiner Müller -- the first general study about Müller in English -- was published by Cambridge University Press in 1998 and reissued as a revised and enlarged paperback by Limelight Editions in Fall 2001.