Theatre critic and educator
A graduate in Drama and English at Kent University, Gardner was a founding member of the City Limits magazine, a cooperative for which she edited the theatre section. Later, she was a contributor to The Independent.
The Guardian formerly contracted Gardner to write 150 blog posts annually, but this arrangement ceased at the end of March 2017, although she continues to write articles for the newspaper. At the beginning of June 2017, it emerged that Gardner had been appointed as an Associate Editor of The Stage newspaper, where she is to continue her theatre blog. Around the same time, it became known that Gardner is to teach an MA in Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London at Central Saint Martins.
Gardner is a writer of children's novels, the earliest being Into the Woods (2006) and Out of the Woods (2010), both illustrated by Mini Grey and published by David Fickling Books. ISFDB catalogues it as the "Storm Eden" series.
She has written six further children's novels for Nosy Crow, known as the "Stage School Series", base around a young girl named Olivia attending Stage School. They have been well received, and a final seventh book was published in July 2013. The first in the series was Olivia's First Term.
- "Lyn Gardner Profile". The Guardian. London. 3 October 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2012.
- "Guardian ends blog deal with Lyn Gardner". The Stage. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
- "Lyn Gardner joins The Stage as associate editor". The Stage. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
- Giorgetti, Sandra (3 June 2017). "New roles for Lyn Gardner". British Theatre Guide.
- Pam Norfolk (23 October 2012). "Olivia's Enchanted Summer by Lyn Gardner". IOM Today. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "Reading is a hassle, mom! Oliveia's Curtain Call". Child Magazine (books blog). Cape Town. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2015.