Alicia Anstead, MA

Associate Director for Programming, Office for the Arts, Harvard University
Alicia Anstead is an arts and culture reporter, editor, producer, and educator. Her work has taken her to Europe, Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has written about politics, health, literature, education, food, and the environment, and in 2003 she reported from Iraq. She is the longtime editor-in-chief of Inside Arts magazine published by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals in Washington, DC, and is co-founder and contributing editor of the Harvard Arts Beat, a student-driven blog at the Office for the Arts at Harvard, where she is associate director for programming. Previously, she was editor of The Writer magazine, about the craft of writing. As cultural commentator for WGBH radio, she has contributed to Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Callie Crossley Show, and Under the Radar with Callie Crossley. In addition to teaching writing, Anstead has been an advisor to boards of directors, a consultant to arts and nonprofit organizations, a fellowship adjudicator, a lecturer, a film collaborator, and a producer for live events. She was the inaugural Arts and Culture Fellow (2008) at Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Anstead is a National Arts Journalism Fellow with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and with the National Endowment for the Arts Cultural Editor Program at Duke University. She is co-founder of Shake Stonington, an arts and media project at the Stonington Opera House in Maine, where she was for many years a critic-in-residence for the annual production of a Shakespeare play.


  • MA University of Maine