[image-1]In case you hadn’t noticed, City Paper has enlisted a pretty damn talented arts critic to cover theater in this town — Maura Hogan, who also served as our overview critic for this year’s Spoleto Festival USA. Hogan is currently the director of advancement communications at the College of Charleston and has previously worked for Time Inc., The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Gourmet. She has a BA from CofC and a masters degree in creative writing from Trinity College Dublin.

From theater previews to reviews to critical think pieces about the state of art in Charleston, Hogan always brings a fresh, honest, and compelling perspective to her articles. And this past weekend Hogan was honored for all that hard work at the Association of Alternative Newsmedia conference  where she took home first place in the category of arts criticism for five of her arts articles, collectively deemed, “All the City’s a Stage.” Those five pieces include: “None More Black,” “Humanity Prevails,” “Know When to Fold ‘Em,” “Quantum Leap,” and “All the City’s a Stage.” Congrats, Maura.

Earlier this summer Hogan was accepted to a two week retreat at the Eugene O’Neill Center for the National Critics Institute program as the Clara Hieronymus fellow (a grant created in honor of the legendary Nashville theater critic who passed away in 2013). Needless to say, Hogan comes back to Charleston and to her CP theater coverage with even more knowledge and prowess than before. Look for her coverage of Charleston Stage’s 40th anniversary this August, along with theater reviews of performances all over town.

You can follow Hogan on Twitter @msmaurahogan.