Frances Baum Nicholson has spent over thirty-five years as a theatrical critic for Los Angeles suburban newspapers, beginning in the late 70s with the Altadena Chronicle (which, after her time there, became the Pasadena Weekly). In 1982 she began writing for the Pasadena Star-News. With its purchase by what is now the Southern California Newspaper Group, her reviews began to appear in several of their other papers as well. In June of 2011 she also began posting reviews on her blog, The Stage Struck Review, allowing her work to reach an even wider audience. Born in an “educational trunk” (her mother and grandmother both performed in and taught the subject), she studied theater at The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. When not at the theater, she teaches in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Pasadena's Blair High School. Under the name F.M. Nicholson she is the author of two published collections of poetry.