Barbara Isenberg has been writing and lecturing about arts issues and personalities for more than three decades. Formerly a staff reporter for both the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, where she remains a frequent contributor, she has also written for Time, Esquire, The Nation and London's Sunday Times.
Barbara Isenberg is the author of several books, including Los Angeles Times-bestsellers, Conversations with Frank Gehry, and Tradition!: The Highly Improbable, Ultimately Triumphant Broadway-to-Hollywood Story of Fiddler on the Roof, The World's Most Beloved Musical,. Her other books include Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical, and State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work."
Founder and host of the Getty Center’s Art Matters public interviews, she received a Distinguished Artist Award from the Los Angeles Music Center, has been a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and was formerly Associate Director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC. Since 1983, she has hosted British Theater Backstage with Barbara Isenberg, an annual London-based theater program. She lives in Los Angeles.