Lainie Kazan

The Colony Theatre Company

The Towne Street Theatre

Theatre 40

Marilyn Fox

Leesa Freed

Shirle Gottlieb

Dawn Grabowski

Christina Hart

Velina Hasu Houston

Garry Kluger

Barbara Masters

Michael & Carol Kiernan Convey


Shirle Gottlieb has been a freelance art and theater writer/reviewer/critic for over 25 years – ever since she completed her Special Major Masters at Cal State University Long Beach.

What began unexpectedly while she was researching her interdisciplinary thesis, “Creativity/Creative Process,” became a labor of love that continues today. With a focus on “theatre and art in the context of culture and psychology,” her premise reinforced her dedication to the arts in all of their manifestations.

Since 1983, Shirle has written theater reviews for publications that include the Long Beach Press Telegram, Drama-Logue, Back Stage West, Long Beach Jewish Community Chronicle, the Gazette Newspapers, and

She was honored as a CSULB Distinguished Alumna in 1985 and a City of Long Beach Distinguished Art Critic in 1997. Shirle has been a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle since 1999, and has written critical analyses for the Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival for 16 years. Instructing her class at the CSULB Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is another of her labors of love. For over a decade, her students have “Followed the Yellow Brick Road” through theater and art on campus and in the community.

More recently, she has written critical reviews for the finalists in the “Pandora’s Box” Annual Festival of New Play Readings. Last but not least, was the surprise “Awards Night for Shirle Gottlieb” the theater and art community organized last Spring.