Ben Brantley Biography, Life, Interesting Facts


Ben Brantley

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October 26, 1954

Birth Place :

Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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Childhood And Early Life

American journalist and theatre critic Ben Brantley was born in Durham, North Carolina on the 26 October 1954. He was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


Ben Brantley did a BA degree at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, majoring in English.

Rise To Stardom

Ben Brantley started his career working as an intern at the Winston-Salem Sentinel. In 1975 he was employed by The Village Voice as an editorial assistant. Between 1978 and 1983 he worked at Women’s Wear Daily, where he reviewed fashion and later worked as an editor.

He also worked for Women’s Wear Daily as their European editor and Paris bureau chief.


Ben Brantley returned to New York City in 1985 and worked as a staff writer for Vanity Fair and the New Yorker. Then in 1993, he was appointed as the drama critic for The New York Times. In 1996 he became their chief theatre critic. 

In 2001, Brantley's book The New York Times Book of Broadway was published and
Broadway Musicals: From the Pages of the New York Times came out in 2012.

Awards And Achievements

Ben Brantley won the 1996/1997 George Jean Nathan Award for theatre criticism.

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