Jared Bowen

Executive Editor/Host Arts, WGBH Boston

Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. His weekly television series Open Studio with Jared Bowen takes viewers inside the creative process, offering a blend of profiles, performances, and contemporary exhibitions by artists in Greater Boston, New England, and across the country. 

Jared is a regular contributor to WGBH’s TV series Greater Boston with Emily Rooney and is heard on 89.7 WGBH’s mid-day program, Boston Public Radio, and during the station’s broadcasts of Morning Edition, covering everything from breaking news to the local arts and culture scene.

He has produced five news documentaries for WGBH as well as the first three seasons of the public media company’s Eye on Education initiative. A 2013 recipient of the distinguished Commonwealth Award honoring exceptional accomplishment in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Jared is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association, recognizing achievement in Boston theater. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a guest contributor to Boston Common magazine.

A graduate of Emerson College, where he won several Associated Press Awards, Jared began his career at Dateline NBC.


1:23 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Children's Television Pioneer Peggy Charren Fought For Ad-Free TV

Peggy Charren
Credit WGBH

There was a time when children’s television was an unfiltered flood—washing right into their laps.  It was, activist Peggy Charren once said, “wall-to-wall monster cartoons.” 

So, in 1968, with young children at home, Charren and a group of like-minded parents began to fight. They formed Action for Children's Television or ACT. And they did.

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12:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Arts Report: A Future Perfect, Walden Revisited, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

A Future Perfect, Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, playing at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th
Credit Craig Bailey / Pespective photo

A Future Perfect Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th

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10:31 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Arts this Week: Oscars, Muckrakers, American Sniper, Blackhat, A Most Violent Year

Esme Allen and Lewis D. Wheeler of "Muckrakers." Presented by New Repertory Theatre through February 1st.
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11:47 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Arts This Week: Red Hot Patriots, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Downton Abbey, Inherent Vice

Marcia DeBonia, Martin Moran, Candy Buckley, and Tyler Lansing Weaks in Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Jessica Stone, based on the Broadway direction of Nicholas Martin, playing January 2 – February 1, 2015 at the BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts.
Credit Jim Cox


Red Hot Patriots: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Plays at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through January 31st

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1:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Arts This Week: Political Correctness, The Allergist's Wife, Jesus and Moses

Credit Mark S. Howard

O.P.C,  Plays at the A.R.T. through January 4th

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12:33 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Arts This Week: The Trip to Bountiful, The Little Prince, Adriana Varejao, Foxcatcher

Jared Bowen with cast members of The Trip to Bountiful
Credit WGBH News

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, playing at the Cutler Majestic Theater through December 7th, presented by ArtsEmerson

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10:51 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Arts This Week: Happy Days, Disgraced, It's Only A Play

Brooke Adams in Beckett's Happy Days
Credit Ed Krieger

Happy Days, Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, it plays at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College through November 23rd.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Arts This Week: Harvard Art, Fenway Studios, Rosewater

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Harvard Art Museums, Re-openning to the public this Sunday, November 16th.

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6:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Arts This Week: Fruitlands Museum, Wifredo Lam And Nightcrawler

"Looking at the Valley" at the Fruitlands Museum
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5:46 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Arts This Week: Dear Elizabeth, Ether Dome And Whiplash

Laura Latreille and Ed Hoopman in Dear Elizabeth.
Credit Mark S. Howard

Dear Elizabeth, Plays at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 9th.

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4:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arts This Week: Mad Kings, Prostitutes And Playwrights

Joseph Marcell as King Lear
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What these three works have in common—two on the stage and one on the page—is the opportunity for theater lovers to understand the immense amount of thought, work and heart that goes in to a play, from its inception to its delivery.

La Traviata, Presented by Boston Lyric Opera, it plays a the CITI Shubert Theatre through October 19th.

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12:05 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Arts This Week: Crafts, Glamour And Assassins

Scene from Assassins
Credit Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

Plimoth Plantation Craft Center, The new craft center is now open.

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3:07 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Arts This Week: Nelsons' BSO, Consenses, Calder, And Bent

Andris Nelsons at Boston Symphony Hall
Credit Marco Borggreve

As the 2014 arts season gets underway, artists from Andris Nelsons to Sally Taylor lead you through new experiences driven by the passion for their creative work.

Andris Nelsons Launches Inaugural Season at the BSO, The 134th Season of the BSO is now underway. Nelsons took the podium with a Beethoven, Bartok and Tchaikovsky program through October 3rd and will return November 6-22nd for his second group of programs.

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11:23 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Arts This Week: Life's Intersections

Shinique Smith, Splendid (detail), 2014.
Credit Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

A new musical explores romantic encounters in middle age, an artist contributes to the public space in downtown Boston, an endangered young woman brings a retired vigilante out of retirement, and a young woman follows her inner compass to traverse the desert.

Closer Than Ever Plays at New Repertory Theatre through September 28th.

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1:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Arts this Week: Time To Eat

Adriane Lenox, Lonnie Farmer, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Julia Duffy, Patrick Shea, and Meredith Forlenza in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Credit Paul Marotta

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the BU Theatre through October 5th.

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11:22 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Arts This Week: Previewing The Fall 2014 Season

The Trip to Bountiful stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood.
Credit ArtsEmerson

With summer vacations behind us, it's time to look ahead to the new arts season. Here are some fall preview performing arts highlights.

Screen to Stage

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? At the Huntington Theatre Company through October 5th.

TV veterans Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Julia Duffy star in this staged adaptation of the 1967 film classic.

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6:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Arts This Week: Renovated Digs For North Shore Maritime Art

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Time for a weekend getaway to the North Shore, where you can visit the Cape Ann Museum. Add it to your list, right after the boating races and before the stop to Bob Lobster.

Cape Ann Museum This gem on the Massachusetts North Shore just re-opened after a $5 million renovation.

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12:29 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Arts This Week: Neverland, 4000 Miles And The Giver

Jeremy Jordan as J. M. Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland.
Credit Evgenia Eliseeva / http://americanrepertorytheater.org/

I don't have enough thumbs to raise in appreciation for the new Finding Neverland. It was no surprise to receive their official announcement yesterday: this show is bound for Broadway. Be sure to catch it while you can and see the incredible Jeremy Jordan, who is sure to pick up awards for this performance.

Finding Neverland, Plays at the American Repertory Theater through September 28th.

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8:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Arts This Week: Wyeth In The MFA, Shakespeare In The Park

Jamie Wyeth, 1984.

Jamie Wyeth On view at the Museum of Fine Arts through December 28th.

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10:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Arts This Week: Apes, Patriots, And Free Music

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes In Theaters Friday.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of humans who survived a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. The CGI is incredible. The story will draw you in. One of the best movies of the summer. 


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10:56 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Arts This Week In NYC: Violet, Cabaret and Hedwig

Sutton Foster and Colin Donnell in Violet.
Credit Joan Marcus / Roundabout Theater Company

It's a tough part of my job, really, to visit New York City and check out the theater scene. If you are inclined to make the same trek to the Big Apple—which I encourage—here are a few plays not to miss during your stay.

Violet Presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company, it plays through August 10th at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway.

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1:59 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Arts This Week: Bulger vs. US, Fyvush Finkel and Fun Fridays

Mugshot of James "Whitey" Bulger.
Credit Federal Bureau of Investigation / Magnolia Pictures

Before you indulge in the deluge of summer blockbuster films, consider this documentary with its scathing presentation of the role law enforcement played in the Bulger case. Next, plan some early Friday departures to take advantage of the 60+ venues swinging open their doors free to the public through the summer months.

Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger, In theaters Friday.

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3:08 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Madeleine Albright Gets Right To The Point— Even At Wellesley College

Serpent, Designer Unknown (USA), c. 1860

From lizards and snakes to mushrooms and monkeys, from antique eagles to homemade hearts, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s collection of pins is on display at Wellesley College.

The exhibition, “Read My Pins,” has toured the nation and stopped at Albright’s alma mater for a special visit. WGBH spoke with Secretary Albright, famous for her diplomatic usage of brooches and pins, about some of her favorites and the stories behind them.

Pins With a Purpose

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3:06 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Arts This Week: Madeleine Albright's Pins, Dramatic Drone Warfare

Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A surprisingly inviting look at the art of diplomacy and an intense play about living in a world of drone warfare highlight this week's arts picks.

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7:44 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Arts This Week: Gidion's Knot, Hodges And Kunstkammers

Olivia D’Ambrosio and Deb Martin in Gidion's Knot
Credit Bridge Rep Theater Co.

There's an unintentional theme of the peculiar in the Arts to present this week. A play of an unexpected parent-teacher conference for a child who has died is fraught with tension and opens up to the larger conversation around bullying and culpability. An artist's work on view at the ICA gives visitors the immersive experience of burial and his dead mother's favorite perfume. A coatroom in the MFA becomes an alcove for curious collections and the Seattle Symphony leaves many puzzled after a pop song performance.

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1:27 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Boston Arts: More Economic Punch Than All Four Sports Teams Combined

Roderick Hill, Miranda Craigwell, and McKinley Belcher III in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Smart People directed by Peter DuBois at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End.
Credit T. Charles Erickson / Huntington Theater Company

The Arts can be a nebulous term, including everything from street performances to grand concerts,  fringe theater companies to big Broadway-bound shows, local artists dotting canvases to masters gracing museum walls. What’s no longer nebulous though—the arts are an economic engine. 

A new report by the non-profit group ArtsBoston reveals the arts are a $1.4 billion annual industry in Greater Boston. That’s no surprise to developer and philanthropist Ron Druker. 

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4:34 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Turner's Maritime Paintings At PEM

Thomas Moran, Fiercely the red sun descending/Burned his way along the heavens (1875-1876). North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

The Peabody Essex Museum sets us sail for summer with its newest show, Turner & the Sea. This is a first-ever look at the British master’s half-century long attraction to ocean.

The sea has always had an allure for many, from the sailors looking for adventure to those seeking solace, from poets to painters. But there is one artist, says curator Daniel Finamore of the Peabody Essex Museum, who captured it like no other. That is famed British painter J. M. W. Turner.

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5:26 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Arts This Week: Smart Patients, Smart Moms, Smart People

McKinley Belcher III as Jackson Moore and Eunice Wong as Ginny Yang in Smart People
Credit T. Charles Erickson

Two courageous teens rely on love to face cancer, director Diane Paulus expresses all she is glad she learned from her mother in a new Cirque du Soleil performance, and playwright Lydia Diamond treats issues of prejudice with comedy, smartly.

Smart People Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through June 29th.

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11:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Arts This Week: Prospero, Turner And The Stormy Sea

Teller's magic brings us a new Prospero in the A.R.T's The Tempest
Credit American Repertory Theater

Two men looking at the sea—one learns to harness its strength, even as he is jailed by it. The other learns to render it on canvas for others to see its power and might. 

The Tempest, Plays at the American Repertory Theater’s Loeb Drama Center through June 15th.

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