JENIVA BERGER thanks the caricaturist who made her look bright-eyed, wide-awake (unlike the reality of reviewing a show late at night) and unreservedly happy despite the masks of comedy and tragedy which look alarmingly like halloween pumpkins. Despite the flattering absence of age in the sketch, she has been around a long time reviewing theatre since the late 1960's on a regular basis for such publications as Toronto Calendar Magazine, the Canadian Jewish News, Toronto Tonight, Scene Changes Magazine - which she served as editor from 1977 to 1981, and has been publisher/editor and reviewer for the the online version which she founded in 1997. It was the first online theatre magazine in Canada.
Other theatre pieces have appeared in The Guardian and Melody Maker (Great Britain), Touring & Travel Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review and the Toronto Theatre Festival Souvenir Program. She has written extensively on multicultural theatre in Canada for the Canadian Encyclopedia, the Oxford Companion to Canadian Drama and for the book Contemporary Canadian Theatre: New World Visions. She is the co-Founder and Founding President of The Canadian Theatre Critics Association, served for many years as the Chair/Coordinator of the annual Nathan Cohen Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism, and the Herbert Whittaker Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre. She was a member of the legendary Players Ring Theatre in Los Angeles, Califonia. She has a B.A. and an M.A. in Drama from the University of Toronto. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she has lived and worked in Canada since 1957.