Bachelor with honors, University Hull, England, 1984. Master of Arts, Ohio State University, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, 1989.
Associate professor theatre Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1990—2000, DePaul University, Chicago, since 2000. Arts critic, reporter Chicago Tribune, since 2000. Theatre critic, Los Angeles, since 1987.
Member of American Theatre Critics Association (chairman regional theatre Tony award committee since 1996).
Married Gillian Darlow, July 10, 1999. 1 child Peter.