About Alastair Macaulay

New York, New York

Alastair Macaulay (CBA ’20) has been a critic of, and lecturer on, the performing arts for forty years, in London and New York. He was chief theatre critic of the Financial Times in the years 1994-2007, chief examiner in dance history to the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dancing 1987-2002, guest dance critic to The New Yorker in 1988 and 1992, and chief dance critic to the Times Literary Supplement 1996-2006 before becoming chief dance critic to the New York Times in 2007-2018. He is the author of the short biography Margot Fonteyn (1998) and the extended book of interviews Matthew Bourne and his Adventures in Dance (2000, second edition 2011). In 2019, he has taught at the Juilliard School and the 92nd St Y and has continued to contribute dance writing to the New York Times. At the time of his fellowship, he was at work on a book on Merce Cunningham.

Macaulay worked on two projects at CBA: his critical biography of Merce Cunningham and his study of Ashton, Balanchine, and classicism. The latter was the topic of his 2018 Lincoln Kirstein Lecture for The Center for Ballet and the Arts.

The Director’s Fellowship gives a CBA residency to artists, scholars, and practitioners who have made significant contributions to the field of dance. Director’s Fellows have access to CBA’s studio and office spaces, NYU’s academic resources, and a stipend to pursue projects of their own design. Director’s Fellows bring deep expertise and informed practical guidance to the residency, strengthening the work of CBA’s fellows, staff, and community at large. The fellowship is given at the discretion of CBA’s Founder and Director, Jennifer Homans.


Headshot of Alastair Macaulay.

Photo by Earl Wilson, The New York Times

Headshot of Alastair Macaulay.