Cynthia Greenwood


Cynthia Greenwood is an independent scholar and performing arts critic based in Houston. Author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare's Plays, she has written in-depth arts reports, profiles, and reviews for such publications as The New York Times, Playbill, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Andante, Opera Cues, San Antonio Express-News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Cite, a quarterly architecture and design journal, and ArtsHouston, among others. A contributor to PlayShakespeare.com and the Houston Chronicle, she writes about theatre, books, opera, and stagecraft.

Ms. Greenwood is especially attracted to the lives and struggles of performing and visual artists. In her report Where Angels Fear to Tread (Houston Press, 2000), she investigated an East Texas community’s hostile reaction to a staging of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, produced by Raymond Caldwell, Kilgore College drama director and artistic director of the renowned Texas Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Greenwood is co-author of a brief biography of classical singer Roberta Dodd Crawford (Handbook of Texas online). She has profiled French photographer Robert Doisneau for a forthcoming monograph, the quirky Charles Dellschau, cellist Desmond Hoebig and the Houston Symphony Bad Boys of Cello, and the zany Art Guys, among others.

From 1998-2002 she served as the opera and classical music critic for the Houston Press. Since then she has covered internationally renowned opera productions for Playbill, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera Cues, and various publications.

From 1988-1997, she taught American and British literature, film, and English composition to undergraduates at Wharton Junior College (in southwest Houston) as a full-time faculty member. A native Texan, she holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics and Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is editor at large of CorrDefense, a triannual online magazine that is produced for the Department of Defense Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office. Previously, she served as a content consultant for ESL ReadingSmart, an online academic site licensed to middle school students in Texas (adopted as an instructional material for the Texas Education Agency.) She is a member of the Author’s Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Modern Language Association.

Books and Selected Articles

Theatre Review
A review of Classical Theatre Company's production of Hamlet
Film Review
A Review of Director Roland Emmerich's Film, Anonymous, About Edward de Vere and William Shakespeare
Book Review
A review of James Shapiro's Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
A review of Jonathan Bate's Soul of the Age: A Biography of the Mind of William Shakespeare
The Age of Shiva: A Bittersweet Tale of a Troubled Marriage
Theatre criticism
A look at the Shakespearean roots of two great operas - Beatrice and Benedict, by Hector Berlioz, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, by Benjamin Britten
Playbill Arts Feature
A Look at the Heroines of Two Great Operas
Theatre; literary criticism
Everything you’d ever want to know about Shakespeare’s most popular and frequently performed plays.
Essay - History of Opera
A look at The Coronation of Poppea and the beginnings of opera
Arts-related Investigative Report
When Kilgore College staged Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, administrators learned there were limits to a liberal education in East Texas.