99 and All Is Fine: Happy Birthday to Clara Hieronymus!


Today the great Tennessean theater critic and arts journalist – and longtime American Theatre Critics Association secretary as well as former chair and co-founder – Clara Hieronymus is 99! The following pictures were taken today in Savannah, Tenn.

Clara Hieronymus 199 and All Is Fine!

Clara Hieronymus 2Clara goes every Wednesday to the nursing home adjacent to the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah where Martha plays piano for the residents.

“She directs my playing,” Martha says.

Clara Hieronymus 3Clara gets a birthday cupcake!

She’s staying active in Savannah.

She regularly visits Nashville with Martha and Bruce Hieronymus.

Clara Hieronymus 4Happy Birthday!

You can write her at 50 Spring St., Savannah, TN 38372.

For more on Clara Hieronymus, click here for an article about Nashville Children’s Theatre honoring her during its 2004 Grand Day Benefit.

*Photos by Martha Hieronymus used with permission.

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About Evans Donnell

Evans Donnell is the chief theater, film and opera critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He wrote reviews and features about theater, opera and classical music for The Tennessean from 2002 to 2011. He was the theater, film and opera critic for ArtNowNashville.com from 2011 to 2012. Donnell has also contributed to The Sondheim Review, Back Stage, The City Paper (Nashville), the Nashville Banner, The (Bowling Green, Ky.) Daily News and several other publications since beginning his professional journalism career in 1985 with The Lebanon (Tenn.) Democrat. He was selected as a fellow for the 2004 National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and for National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) arts journalism institutes for theater and musical theater at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in 2006 and classical music and opera at the Columbia University School of Journalism in 2009. He has also been an actor (member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA), founding and running AthensSouth Theatre from 1996 to 2001 and appearing in Milos Forman's "The People vs Larry Flynt" among other credits. Donnell is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association (www.americantheatrecritics.org).


  1. Cathy Matthews says:

    Happy Birthday, Clara. I’m glad you are still active and living life to the fullest.
    Cathy Matthews