About

John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine in 2011. When he took the job at The Denver Post in 2001, he set out to create a new model for how daily newspapers might cover theater in the digital era. He wrote more than 3,000 theater reviews, feature stories, columns and breaking news stories, winning numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Best of the West, Colorado Press Association, Society of Black Journalists, Denver Press Club and more. But it was his online innovations, including video podcasts, blogs, script samples, photo galleries, and an unprecedented web site dedicated to Colorado high-school theater, that prompted the Chicago Tribune to suggest that The Denver Post‘s multimedia theater coverage was the best in the nation. John Moore has since taken a groundbreaking position as the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Senior Arts Journalist, where he manages a new website covering local arts and culture.
He is also the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has distributed more than $40,000 to local theatre artists in medical need. For his work in journalism and in the community, John has won three Westword “Best of Denver Awards in the past five years.” The Colorado Theatre Guild inaugurated its Journalistic Excellence in the Arts Award in his honor. Westword named him Denver‘s best arts blogger, he was chosen as Denver‘s favorite entertainment columnist by the readers of Out Front Magazine, and he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Alliance of Community Theatres. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before covering theater, he was a deputy sports editor at The Denver Post, Raleigh News & Observer, Dallas Times-Herald and at Frank Deford’s The National Sports Daily in New York. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

Works

  • Kent Haruf: The final interview

    Kent Haruf: The final interview

    Journalism

  • A family divided and reunited by death

    A family divided and reunited by death

    Journalism

  • Video: “The Making of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

    Video: “The Making of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”

    Video

  • Sexual Trespass: The Tricky Part

    Sexual Trespass: The Tricky Part

    Journalism

  • Suicide, or an Act of God?

    Suicide, or an Act of God?

    Journalism

  • Baseball Not Yet Safe for Gays

    Baseball Not Yet Safe for Gays

    Journalism

  • Jessica Posner: Changing Lives in a Hell on Earth

    Jessica Posner: Changing Lives in a Hell on Earth

    Journalism

  • Arrested Professor Called Master Manipulator

    Arrested Professor Called Master Manipulator

    Journalism

  • “Hedwig” Parents: Tearing Down a Wall

    “Hedwig” Parents: Tearing Down a Wall

    Journalism

  • Lucy Roucis: Acting Against Time

    Lucy Roucis: Acting Against Time

    Journalism

  • Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore: Last Man Out

    Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore: Last Man Out

    Journalism

  • The Value of Arts to Non-Artists

    The Value of Arts to Non-Artists

    Journalism

  • Nick Cave: You Sweaty, Sexy Beast

    Nick Cave: You Sweaty, Sexy Beast

    Journalism

  • Sticking it to Mullen, Old-School Style

    Sticking it to Mullen, Old-School Style

    Journalism

  • Final Farewell to Mile High Stadium

    Final Farewell to Mile High Stadium

    Journalism

  • Shane MacGowan Smiles in Death’s Face

    Shane MacGowan Smiles in Death’s Face

    Journalism

  • Video: It Gets Better … and Better

    Video: It Gets Better … and Better

    Video

  • Video: Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee

    Video: Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee

    Video

  • Video: Election Night ’08 at Shadow Theatre

    Video: Election Night ’08 at Shadow Theatre

    Video

  • Video: Police Memorial Benefit Concert

    Video: Police Memorial Benefit Concert

    Video

  • Video: 2011 Colorado Theatre Guild Awards Coverage

    Video: 2011 Colorado Theatre Guild Awards Coverage

    Video

  • Short Story: “30, a Reporter’s Nightmare”

    Short Story: “30, a Reporter’s Nightmare”

    Creative

  • Playwriting: “Dilly Bar,” Boys Being Boys

    Playwriting: “Dilly Bar,” Boys Being Boys

    Creative

  • Short Story: “A Hard Place”

    Short Story: “A Hard Place”

    Creative

  • Playwriting: “The Crank Calls”

    Playwriting: “The Crank Calls”

    Creative

  • Children’s Serial: “Switch Hitters,” an Excerpt

    Children’s Serial: “Switch Hitters,” an Excerpt

    Creative

  • Playwriting: “John,” Tales from the Men’s Room

    Playwriting: “John,” Tales from the Men’s Room

    Creative

  • Playwriting, “The Scary Man Plays” Excerpts

    Playwriting, “The Scary Man Plays” Excerpts

    Creative

  • Playwriting: “The Atomic Cafe,” an Excerpt

    Playwriting: “The Atomic Cafe,” an Excerpt

    Creative

Resume

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OBJECTIVE

Over the past 11 years, I have been recognized for changing how daily newspapers might cover theater, both digitally and in print. Now, I hope to take my 24 widely varying years of experience as an arts and sports reporter, editor, critic, columnist and web innovator with daily newspapers into a new creative field taking full advantage of all new technologies.

CAREER EXPERIENCE

The Denver Post: Theater critic and editor
September 2001 to December 2011

Awards and commendations:

ONLINE WRITING AND VIDEO SAMPLES

Please visit www.MooreJohn.com

OTHER JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE

CultureWest.Org: Editor and general arts reporter
March 2012 to present

The Denver Post: Music and general arts reporter
January 2001 to September 2001

The Denver Post: Deputy sports editor and reporter
March 1993 to January 2001

Raleigh News and Observer: Assistant sports editor
March 1992 to April 1993

Dallas Times Herald: Sports copy editor
September 1991 to December 1991

The National Sports Daily, New York: Major League Baseball Supervisor
March 1990 to July 1991

The Denver Post: Copy editor and reporter
October 1986 to April 1990

The Independent Newspapers, Denver and Littleton, CO: Reporter and assistant editor
September 1985 to October 1986

REFERENCES

OTHER TRAINING and CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

EDUCATION

1981 Regis Jesuit High School, Denver, CO
Valedictorian, Senior of the Year

1985 University of Colorado, B.A., English
Full, four-year Eisenhower-Evans Scholarship
Graduated Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors, 3.8 GPA

WHO AM I, AND WHY AM I NOT DOING IT ANYMORE?

American Theatre: The 12 Most Influential Theater Critics in America

Blog explaining my decision to accept a buyout: “You are all cordially invited to my third act”

Westword: “John Moore’s exit from The Denver Post leaves a void in the theater scene”

Best of Westword Awards: John Moore: Best Performance by a theater advocate

Testimonials

WESTWORD’S  BEST OF DENVER 2012

John Moore: Best performance by a theater advocate

In his decade on the job as theater critic for the Denver Post, John Moore helped transform the local scene. He saw just about everything. He was a tireless advocate who fought for more print space and also made innovative use of every other medium at his disposal … John was everywhere. As a result, he was named one of the country’s 12 most influential critics by American Theatre Magazine and won a Westword Web Award as Denver’s best arts blogger. He is now at work on his own play, which could be quite a consolation prize for those of us who miss his regular presence.”

John Moore is among the top 12 most influential critics in the country … but in a league by himself when it comes to being a bad-ass good guy.”

~ Edith Weiss, playwright and actor

John Moore is an amazing human being. We’ve been incredibly lucky to have journeyed with him all these years as he opened so many eyes and hearts with his work.”

~ Annette Helde, actor, Denver Center Theatre Company

John Moore’s exit from The Denver Post created a ripple of distress and disbelief. A decade ago, he set about transforming arts coverage in this town, and the theater scene along with it. He was a tireless advocate. He began with the usual reviews and advances, fought his editors tooth and nail for more print space, and also made innovative use of every other medium at his disposal.”

~ Juliet Wittman, Westword

John Moore is an affable, modest journalist who walks a delicate line as a critic-reporter, making sure that Denver’s more than 100 active companies get his attention in terms of news but also as a straight-shooting critic.”

~ David Cote, Theatre Communications Group, in naming the nation’s 12 most influential theater critics

In addition to his reviews, I’ve appreciated John’s support of budding actors and small theaters where they can get their start, even following them to New York and elsewhere. Many who have made it big made it with his help.”

~ Rudy Antle, father of Elizabeth Welch, Christine in Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera.”

John Moore has left a solid footprint – and blueprint – for any critic who follows him.”

~ Phil Cope

I’ve never seen a critic with a major daily who covered as many bases. You could just see his passion for theater. And for journalism.”

~ Melanie Mayner, Arvada Center

I’ve always enjoyed John’s smooth writing style, his obvious love for theater and those who strut and fret upon their hour upon the stage (or whatever that Shakespeare line is), and his energetic coverage of all the theater world’s behind-the-scenes goings-on.”

~ Marc Shulgold, former Rocky Mountain News

John Moore is one of the best beat reporters I’ve worked with in 30-plus years in newspapers.”

~ Mark Harden, Denver Business Journal

John Moore’s courage and authenticity is completely inspirational.  He has an entire theater community supporting his decision despite our loss.”

~ Erica Sarzin-Borrillo

John Moore strikes me as a man who imagines there can always be more, new, different…and he is taking that on. A lot of folks don’t, won’t, or say they just can’t.”

~ Natalie Jensen

Collectively, we are all richer for all that John Moore did to promote, contextualize and challenge what was presented in this state. He wrote with  intelligence, perspective, and – above all all else – enthusiasm for this amazing art form.”

~ Bud Coleman, Department of Theatre and Dance, University of Colorado at Boulder

No one has ever cared more about his work and his friends.”

~ Neil Scarborough, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Comcast, and former Denver Post Sports Editor

He did his homework, and then he went so much further.”

~ Chris Wiger, Denver Center Theatre Company

John Moore has been an incredible advocate for the field, and more helpful to us all than he will ever know.”

~ Philip Sneed, Colorado Shakespeare Festival producing artistic director

The loss of John’s  dedicated voice at The Post is potentially just devastating.”

~ Chip Walton, Curious Theatre founder

It’s hard watching John walk away, but good that he was able to do it with grace and dignity”

~ Brian Freeland, LIDA Project founder

Art makes us human. People like John Moore keep it alive in a time when measurable things matter more than whether our schools produce more John Moores or not.”

~ Westcloud Arts and Consulting

John Moore is fair-minded and enlightened. He made me want to go to the theater more and always made me think.”

~ Jenny Board

John Moore has been a pioneer of online exploration of theater coverage, and I suspect the theater community here will miss him more than he knows.”

~ Gil Asakawa, MediaNews Group

This theater community is so much the better for John Moore’s comprehensive coverage, mindful critiques and, most of all, treatment of Denver and Colorado theater as an honest-to-God beat.”

~ GerRee Hinshaw

John Moore has been such an extraordinary and innovative advocate for theater in Colorado. All of us out here plying our trade will be diminished by his absence.”

~ Maurice LaMee, Creede Repertory Theatre

John Moore made complex issues palatable to those of us with much less experience and knowledge of the intricacies of theater, and he did it with grace.”

~ Stacy, a reader

“The theater  community in Denver has lost such a powerful voice and true advocate – especially small theaters. We have appreciated everything he has done to promote this fine art form.”

~ Deb Laureta, Vintage Theatre

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