Rita Kohn

Rita  Kohn

Rita Kohn is a senior writer with NUVO Newsweekly as their craft beer columnist and reviewer of local arts and culture. Her by-line also currently appears in national journals and on-line including Theatre Library Association, Dramatists Guild, Dance Critics Association, ExploreDance.com.

She is the author of 20 books including True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana [Indiana University Press*, 2010] and the forthcoming Full Steam Ahead: The Enduring Impact of the First Steamboat on the Ohio River [Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011]. She is editor of the Ohio River Valley series published by University Press of Kentucky and a reader of potential author manuscripts for UPK and IUP*.

Kohn's 25-plus plays have been produced nationwide and include the "Stories of Indiana" series presented at the Indiana State Museum, where "Before the Shadows Flee: Edwin Booth at the Brooklyn Academy" ran May 2010 to close out the ISM "Bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth /Indiana and National celebrations." Rich Lives, presented August 2010 at the Indiana State Fair Pioneer Village, was the first dramatic production at The Fair.

Kohn is a writer and producer of documentaries with WFYI-Public Television including Long Journey Home: The Delawares of Indiana, Wind Chimes & Promises and Before the Shadows Flee. Rich Lives premieres January 2011.

Kohn served on the faculties of Illinois State University, Butler University and Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis, with the Indiana Humanities Council as coordinator of the NEH-six states humanities councils "Always a River: The Ohio River and the American Experience" project, and with the Indianapolis Children's Museum as an exhibits writer. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, most recently at the American Theatre Library Association in Boston, Hoosier Folklore Society in Nashville, IN, Ann Katz Festival of Books in Indianapolis, West Lafayette [IN] Public Library. She is an active civic volunteer including co-founding the Indiana American Indian Theatre Company and Indy Fringe DivaFest.

Kohn holds degrees from Buffalo State College, New York, and Illinois State University, which awarded her Outstanding Alumni Award in 2003. She was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2004. Grants include: National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Indiana Arts Commission, Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities Council, Lilly Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Austrian government for a study on how family heritage is transmitted across generations. She is recognized in multiple Who's Who publications, and has received awards in all her genres.

Current professional memberships include Authors Guild, Dance Critics Association, Dramatists Guild, Hoosier Folklore Society, Indiana Association of Historians, National Museum of the American Indian [Smithsonian], Theatre Library Association, and Women's Press Club.