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Terry Teachout


Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout

Terry Teachout is the drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, the critic-at-large of Commentary, and the author of “Sightings,” a biweekly column for the Journal about the arts in America. He also writes about the arts on his blog, About Last Night ( Billy and Me is his second play. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his first play, premiered in 2011 in Orlando, Florida, and has since been produced Off-Broadway and throughout America. He made his professional directing debut with PBD’s 2016 production of Satchmo. Teachout’s books include Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong, Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington, All in the Dances: A Brief Life of George Balanchine, and The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken. He has also written the libretti for three operas by Paul Moravec: The Letter (premiered by the Santa Fe Opera in 2009), Danse Russe (premiered by Philadelphia’s Center City Opera Theater in 2011), and The King’s Man (premiered by Kentucky Opera in 2013). A graduate of William Jewell College, Teachout played jazz bass professionally in Kansas City before becoming a full-time writer. He lives with his wife, Hilary, in New York City and Connecticut.

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