Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away

Former Drama Desk President William Wolf Passes Away

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that William Wolf, former President of the Drama Desk, passed away from COVID-19 complications on Saturday, March 28. He is survived by his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf.

William Wolf, critic, author, educator and lecturer, served two years as Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and was a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the Online Film Critics Society, P. E. N., the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, and the American Association of University Professors. He served as President of the Drama Desk, an organization of critics and writers on the theater, and previously served for two years on its nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards and is on the Drama Desk Executive Board.

In 1998 he founded and began publishing the Wolf Entertainment Guide on the Internet (William Wolf, critic, author, educator and lecturer, has written extensively on film and theater. He served two years as Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and is currently a member of the National Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Online, the Online Film Critics Society, P. E. N., the American Theatre Critics Association, the International Association of Theatre Critics, and the American Association of University Professors. He is a former President of the Drama Desk, an organization of critics and writers on the theater, and previously served for two years on its nominating committee for the Drama Desk Awards and is on the Drama Desk Executive Board. In 1998 he founded and began publishing the Wolf Entertainment Guide on the Internet (www.wolfentertainmentguide.com ) containing his reviews of theater, film and other cultural events. At New York University, where he is currently Visiting Scholar, he was an Adjunct Professor and taught Film as Literature in the English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department. Professor Wolf is particularly known for his Movie Preview course, now presented independently at Lincoln Center in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center. Mr. Wolf was for many years film critic and film editor for Cue Magazine (1964-1980), and when Cue was merged into New York Magazine, he became a critic and contributing editor, writing the magazine's On Film column (1980-1983). He subsequently became the syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain (1984-1988). Mr. Wolf's articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States, publications abroad, and various national and international magazines and prestigious annuals. During the course of his career, Mr. Wolf has interviewed hundreds of film and theater notables and has covered the world's major film festivals. Among he many he has interviewed are Ingmar Bergman and Charlie Chaplin. Audio tapes of his interviews with directors, actors, producers, and others in the world of cinema and the stage constitute the William Wolf Film and Theater Interview Collection (1972-1998), part of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, that he has donated to the New York Library of the Performing Arts. Mr. Wolf is the author of Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century , which he wrote in collaboration with his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of The Marx Brothers. He has contributed chapters on "Easy Rider" and "Duck Soup" to "The A List: 100 Essential Films" a collection of reviews by members of the National Society of Film Critics, and a?oeThe Eroticism of Wordsa?? and a?oeKinseya?? chapters in the National Society's sequel, a?oeThe X List.a??" target="_blank">www.wolfentertainmentguide.com) containing his reviews of theater, film and other cultural events.

At New York University, he was an Adjunct Professor and taught Film as Literature in the English Department and Cinema and Literature in the French Department.

Wolf was for many years film critic and film editor for Cue Magazine (1964-1980), and when Cue was merged into New York Magazine, he became a critic and contributing editor, writing the magazine's On Film column (1980-1983). He subsequently became the syndicated film critic and columnist for the Gannett newspaper chain (1984-1988). Wolf's articles have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States, publications abroad, and various national and international magazines and prestigious annuals.

Wolf is the author of Landmark Films: The Cinema and Our Century , which he wrote in collaboration with his wife, Lillian Kramer Wolf, and of The Marx Brothers. He has contributed chapters on "Easy Rider" and "Duck Soup" to "The A List: 100 Essential Films" a collection of reviews by members of the National Society of Film Critics, and "The Eroticism of Words" and "Kinsey" chapters in the National Society's sequel, "The X List."



Related Stories

More Hot Stories For You


2022 Educational Theatre Association Award Recipients Announced
August 7, 2022

Each year, the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) honors the achievements of individuals and theatre programs with special awards presented in recognition of notable accomplishments.

Santa Barbara Symphony Announces 2022-23 70th Anniversary Season
August 7, 2022

The Santa Barbara Symphony has announced its 2022/23 70th anniversary season. The Symphony’s 70th anniversary season highlights include the return of Carmina Burana, a world premiere of an Elmer Bernstein score, a tribute to the legendary John Williams, and more.

The Perpetuum Mobile Festival Kicks Off This Month
August 7, 2022

The third edition of the Perpetuum Mobile Festival takes place from 12 to 28 August 2022 at the Culturel Center Bruegel in Brussels. This dance festival is organised by The Dancing Society and welcomes worldwide artists.

Neko Case, JERSEY BOYS, and More Set For Anchorage Concert Association's 2022/2023 Season
August 7, 2022

Anchorage Concert Association, the state's largest arts and entertainment presenter, is has announced its full lineup of shows for the 2022/2023 season.

Reserve Your Spot Now For The First Ever Los Angeles Intensive W/ Black Acting Methods
August 7, 2022

First Ever Los Angeles Intensive With Black Acting Methods to be held in September.