Kriegsman, Alan M(ortimer)
- Elizabeth Aldrich
(b Brooklyn, NY, Feb 28, 1928; d Washington, DC, August 31, 2012). American critic of dance, theater, film, and television. Kriegsman served as critic for the Washington Post from 1966 until 1996, when he retired and was named critic emeritus. From 1974 he was the paper’s first full-time dance critic, and in 1976 he received the first Pulitzer Prize in criticism to be awarded for dance writing. Initially a physics major at MIT, he received both a BA and an MA in music from Columbia University. Kriegsman has taught at Columbia, Barnard, Harvard, Juilliard, Temple, and George Washington University and has served on the board of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, the Dance Institute of Washington, and the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation. In 2002 he received a special Metro DC Award for distinguished service in dance. In 2004 he was awarded a special recognition from Dance/USA for “his unique and significant contributions to dance journalism and American dance, spanning the last third of the 20th century.” His archives are held by ...