Howard Sherman has emerged over the past decade as one of the leading defenders of high school shows that are challenged over content concerns and face censorship and cancellation. He was recognized as one of the Top 40 Free Speech Defenders in 2014 by the National Coalition Against Censorship and received the “Defender” award from the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund in 2015. He is frequently a resource for teachers, parents and students, as well as media outlets exploring the issue of theatrical censorship. Sherman is the managing director of the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan and has previously been executive director of the American Theatre Wing and the O’Neill Theater Center, managing director of Geva Theater, general manager of Goodspeed Musicals and public relations director of Hartford Stage. Since 2012, he has been the US columnist for The Stage newspaper in London and his freelance writing includes pieces for The Guardian, American Theater magazine, Encore Monthly and Theatermania. His book “Another Day’s Begun: Our Town in the 21st Century” was published in 2021.