Critical Response Process

Liz Lerman describes her Critical Response Process. Photo by John Borstel.

Liz Lerman describes her Critical Response Process. Photo by John Borstel.

“In supporting the creation of new work, we have found Liz’s Lerman’s Critical Response Process to be the best tool we’ve ever encountered in assisting individual artists at the most vulnerable stages of creation. The Process empowers artists and invests responders with real responsibility as audience members.”

— James C. Nicola, Artistic Director, New York Theatre Workshop

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process is a widely-recognized method that nurtures the development of artistic works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, the Process has been embraced by artmakers, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras, museums and more. The Process has deepened dialogue between artists and audiences; it has enhanced learning between teachers and students. By extension it has proven valuable for all kinds of creative endeavors, work situations, and collaborative relationships within and beyond the arts, from kindergartens to corporations.

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, a brief overview

THE ROLES

• The artist offers a work-in-progress for review and feels prepared to question that work in a dialogue with other people.
• One, a few, or many re