Gemma Wilson is a senior editor at City Arts magazine. She holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (Atlantic Theatre School/CAP 21) and an MA in Arts Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University. She’s a Seattle native who spent over a decade in New York, including several years working for legendary Broadway director/producer Hal Prince. She later worked as a reporter for before returning West to focus on covering the arts in her hometown.

Recent Articles


A Theatre Company Fueled by Coffee

Arlene Martínez-Vázquez started her theater company to do away with the myth of the starving artist.
August 2018

Tacoma Spaces and Places

Tacoma venues you should know

‘Femme Fatale’ is a Hot, Lovable Mess

'Femme Fatale,' starring Prom Queen, is a weird-bad-great experience, an extravagant mess that I would definitely see again.

‘The Color Purple’: Yes, It’s Beautiful

Alice Walker's 1982 novel has always been an important star in the literary sky, and this production sets it in the theatrical firmament.

Franklin High School Students Paint Their Resistance

The high school's Art of Resistance & Resilience club painted a multipanel mural, 40 feet wide and over six feet tall, honoring the history of Seattle’s Black Panther Party.

Going Up

Rising playwright Seayoung Yim expands her horizons with 'Persimmon Nights.'

‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’ is About More than Music

Star Felicia Loud and director Valerie Curtis-Newton wring every ounce of humanity from this Billie Holiday bio-concert.

What’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Really About?

This 5th Avenue Theatre production of the musical boasts excellent lead performances, but can we just let Esmerelda live?

A Heartbreakingly Good Hedwig at ArtsWest

Drive to West Seattle to see Nicholas Japaul Bernard as the sublimely dingy Eastern-bloc rock goddess.

Drinking in Freedom and Boone’s Farm in ‘Wild Horses’

Dedra Woods illuminates this one-woman coming-of-age story by Allison Gregory.

‘O+E’ at Seattle Opera: Hellish, Epic and Intimate

Kelly Kitchens and Lucy Tucker Yates on adapting the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice for a modern opera audience.

A ‘Mac Beth’ Both Bloody and Baffling

This production of Shakespeare's tale of kings and killings fails to live up to its own internal ambition.