ATCA

The American Theatre Critics Association, Inc. is the only national association of professional theatre critics. Our members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on-line services across the United States. Membership is open to any writer who regularly publishes substantive pieces reviewing or otherwise critically covering theater.

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Member Blogroll
David Dow Bentley III is the thepeoplescritic.com, which can also be read at the Houston Chronicle and broadwaystars.com.

Nancy Bishop is editor and publisher of Third Coast Review, a Chicago-centric arts and culture website. You can read her reviews there and her pop culture writing here.

Lindsay Christians is a full-time arts and food writer for The Capitol Times in Madison, Wisconsin. She has written theater reviews there since 2008.

David Cote blogs, reports on theater and reviews Broadway, Off and Off-Off productions for Time Out New York and davidcote.com.

Harry Duke covers theatre throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His essays and reviews can be found on the For All Events website and in the Sonoma County Gazette.

Sandi Durell is publisher, editor, and a critic at Theater Pizzazz which covers Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater, including openings, red carpets events, and interviews.

Michael Grossberg  writes on theater, comedy and the arts in Theater Talk, for the Columbus Dispatch.

Jay Handelman writes  News, reviews and opinion for the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Pam Harbaugh’s blog, Brevard Culture, offers reviews, commentary and links in arts and culture primarily for residents of Brevard County and the Orlando area.   

Lou Harry  writes Lou Harry’s A&E: opinion, debate and discussion on arts and entertainment for the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Bill Hirschman is editor, chief critic and reporter for Florida Theater On Stage.

Chris Jones writes reviews, interviews and commentary for Theater Loop at the Chicago Tribune.

Aaron Krause is the editor of Theatrecriticism.com, founded by Alan Smason (Steppin’ Out, WYES-TV), which offers original theatre reviews and republishes current critical print works online.

David Lefkowitz publishes the theater website TotalTheater.com, co-publishes the theater journal Performing Arts Insider, and reviews on his weekly radio show, Dave’s Gone By.

Jack Lyons covers the theatre scene for the Desert Local News. Jack is based in Desert Hot Springs and covers the entire Coachella Valley and the rest of Southern California including select productions in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Diego.

Katherine Luck writes news and reviews of theatre in Seattle, Portland, and around the Puget Sound at Pacific NW Theatre.

Jonathan Mandell reviews Broadway, Off-Broadway and independent theater productions, and covers theater for a variety of publications, including Playbill and American Theatre Magazine.  He blogs at New York Theater and Tweets as @NewYorkTheater.

Andrew McGibbon writes Theatre Opinion, News and Information in TheAndyGram, based in NYC.

Kathryn Osenlund reviews Philadelphia theater productions and some New York theater festivals for www.curtainup.com. She also writes for www.Phindie.com —independent coverage of Philadelphia and arts, and tweets as @theatrendorphin.

Rick Pender edits   The Sondheim Review, a quarterly dedicated to the musical theatre’s foremost composer and lyricist.

Christopher Rawson is the senior critic (part-time) for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and also appears regularly on KDKA-TV.

Wendy Rosenfield covers drama, onstage and off, in Drama Queen and the Philadelphia Inquirer

Michelle F. Solomon is a critic, reviewing professional theater and professional touring productions, for Florida Theater On Stage and miamiartzine.com.

Martha Wade Steketee writes reviews, interviews, and commentary on Broadway, Off Broadway, regional theatre, and film for Urban Excavations in New York City.
Steve Treacy is the primary theatre critic for The Port Townsend Leader. Find his reviews of Pacific Northwest shows at ptleader.com.

Lauren Yarger  reviews Broadway and OB for Reflections in the Light and reports on pro theatre and arts in Connecticut Arts Connection.

 


 

 

For the full text of each Milestone, click on the name; for all these and previous Milestones together, CLICK HERE. They are listed in the order (latest on top) they appeared in the weekly ATCA UPDATE.

CHRIS RAWSON, Pittsburgh, PA, is hustling around the country playing catch-up, presenting the August Wilson American Century Cycle Award to theaters that have qualified.

RUSSELL WARNE
, Provo, UT, has just welcomed his second son into what he hopes will be a lifetime of loving theater.
 

ERICA MINER, Edmonds, WA, has just published Murder in the Pit, a murder mystery at the Santa Fe Opera.

KAREN TOPHAM, Chicago, is actively seeking theatre critics from around the country to become part of the expanded edition of her website, ChicagoOnStage.com. Contact her here.

 

For full text of these and previous Milestones, CLICK HERE.

Do you have a Milestone to share? Member Milestones are generally for Transitions (new jobs, retirements), Achievements (awards, honors), Publications (books, TV specials) and Memorials (obituaries). Write a paragraph and send it here. Include a Twitter address in the paragraph so we can give it wider notice. 

 

 

After more than 33 years and (by her count) 13,000 reviews, the long-standing Chicago theater and arts critic Hedy Weiss has been let go by the Chicago Sun-Times. Reporting in the competing Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones writes that the sometimes controversial critic “fit into the decades-long Chicago tradition of powerful, hard-working and famously independent women writing about the arts, without compromise or apology.” Read Jones here. Here, the Chicago Business Journal reports. Weiss delivered ATCA’s 2015 Perspectives in Criticism talk in New Orleans: click for an audio recording.

As others see us: Amanda Peet on being devastated by a NY Times review and going cold turkey on reviews thereafter, click here.  

Martha Steketee’s accumulating interviews of critics for The Clyde Fitch Report (click for index).

   

 

See ATCA International for news of the International Association of Theatre Critics from the ATCA members who represent us there. See also the IATC’s own site (just [2017] handsomely redesigned) and its web journal, Critical Stages, where the current issue deals at length with Contemporary African Drama and Theatre.

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Tony Award for Regional Theater went, on ATCA’s recommendation, to the Dallas Theater Center in Texas.
 
Elsewhere (off)site: for the website of the Drama section of the (British) Critics’ Circle, click here.

 

 

 

{For collected Pull Quotes going back to July, 2012, CLICK HERE.} 

I “believe in culture as a social justice and social change project, which requires not just looking at how ‘good’ a performance is, but at what it does in the world.” — Jill S. Dolan, critic for “The Feminist Spectator” (Princeton University, Dean of the College).

“The Internet allows an avalanche of opinion for infinite sources, many of them rubbish, mean-spirited and lazy. But there’s some terrific writing out there too, and best of all there are so many new ways of reviewing.” — Frank Rizzo, 33 years as Hartford Courant critic, now writes for Variety and many more.

* Previous Pull Quotes are ASSEMBLED HERE 


Past Conferences

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New York Weekend Conference, November 3, 4 and 5, 2017. Details. 

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San Francisco annual conference, 2017

  

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NYC weekend conference, 2016 (for reports and details, scroll down central column)



2016 annual conference in Philadelphia, April 6-10.

Some coverage: day one, day two, day three-A, day three-B, day four, day five. Full schedule here

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2015 NYC Weekend Conference
Sherry Eaker & Ira Bilowit, chairs

 

2015 New Orleans Conference 
Alan Smason, chair 

 

2014 Weekend Conference
New York City
 

2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Humana Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, April 2-6
; chair, Jonathan Abarbanel.

2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, CATF, Shepherdstown, WV, July 17-21 — Details here; Tim Treanor, Chair

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

2013 WEEKEND CONFERENCE
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 21-24, 2013
Lou Harry, Chair 

2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Chicago, June 13-17, 2012
Jonathan Abarbanel, Chair
See ATCA BLOG for short takes

Milwaukee Add-On
Anne Siegel, Chair
June 17-20, 2012

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2012 WEEKEND MEETING
Colorado New Play Summit
Denver Center Theatre Company, Feb 10-12, 2012

2011 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Ashland, Oregon July 6-10, 2011
Chris Rawson, Chair 

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.
Chris Rawson, Chair 

Playwright and critic

Playwright and two critics

Check out: ATCA Blog — scroll back for accounts of ATCA/Ashland, ATCA/O’Neill, more on the Pulitzer controversy, also from Humana and Denver festivals

 

 

Past event logos

 

 

(above) Sarasota, 2009. 

 

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Fun ‘n Games

Honest-to-Goodness Theater Geek Trivia Contest, Florida Theatre On Stage, Bill Hirschman, ed. (includes links to answers)

Round One.
Round Two

Wednesday
Oct172018

Barbara Bannon [1939 – 2018]

Barbara M. Bannon, the longtime secretary of the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) executive committee, who reviewed theatre in Utah for more than four decades, died on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Huntsman Cancer Institute following a protracted battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 79.

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Monday
Sep172018

Eight 2018 honorees announced for Theater Hall of Fame

Acting, directing and playwriting are equally honored in the just announced 2018 inductees to the Theater Hall of Fame. The playwrights are Adrienne Kennedy and David Henry Hwang, plus Maria Irene Fornes, influential as much as an innovative director as playwright. The actors are Cicely Tyson (oldest of the inductees, in her 90s), Christine Baranski, and Rene AuberjonoisJoe Mantello  (the youngest, in his 50s) began as an actor, became a Tony-winning director and still acts on occasion. To be inducted posthumously is James Houghton (1958-2016), founder and artistic director of the playwright-centered Signature Theatre.

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Saturday
Aug252018

Hilton Als inducted into LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame


Award-winning theatre critic, writer and educator Hilton Als is among the 2018 inductees to the LGBTQ Journalists Hall of Fame as annouced by NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. The induction will take place on September 8 during NLGJA’s National Convention in Palm Springs, CA. [ Read More ]

Monday
Aug202018

ATCA-NY18 Schedule Announced

The schedule for our upcoming conference in New York has been announced. Click here to read more.

Monday
Aug062018

2018 Theater Hall of Fame ballots due September 1

ATCA members are privileged to be a major part of the electorate, but it’s also a responsibility, so please vote. The deadline is September 1. You can find the full list of inductees here, and you can read accounts of twenty years of inductions here

Tuesday
Jul102018

2018 Executive Committee Election Results

Chris Jones, Wendy Rosenfield, and Martha Steketee have each been elected to a three-year term on the executive committee. They join six other elected members and will take office later this month at an organizational meeting to be held after this week’s conference in Spring Green.

We extend sincere thanks to candidates Brian Balduzzi, Cameron Kelsall, Mark Lowry, and Anne Siegel for offering to take on leadership roles for the organization and to retiring committee members Brad Hathaway and Ed Rubin for three years of exemplary service. ATCA is also grateful to Russell Warne for assiduously managing the election process.

Wednesday
Jul042018

Martyna Majok wins 2017 Primus Prize

Martyna Majok has been awarded the 2017 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Cost of Living. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright. Majok has received the $10,000 award check and will be officially congratulated at an upcoming ATCA conference.

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Saturday
Jun302018

Wendi Winters [1953-2018]

The shooting at the Capital Gazette Reporter in Annapolis on June 28, 2018 claimed five lives including that of arts writer Wendi Winters, a contributor to DC Metro Theatre Arts and a colleague of ATCA member David Siegel, who shares the following reflection:

It is with utter sadness that I let my ATCA colleagues know of the death of Wendi Winters, a journalist with the Capital Gazette Reporter and DC Metro Theater Arts. Wendi was a full-time staff member of the Gazette and a long-time DCMTA theater reviewer. For DCMTA she covered the DC area arts scene writing with wit and keen observations. Beyond theater writing for DCMTA Wendi had also been a Helen Hayes Awards judge.

DCMTA Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Nicole Hertvik said, “We consider ourselves a family at DC Metro Theater Arts and Wendi was a part of that family. We are devastated to learn of her passing. We at DCMTA extend our sympathy and love to Winters’ family and friends.”
A recent review of a Kennedy Center production by Winters can be read here. An obituary from the Washington Post is available here.

 

Tuesday
Jun192018

Join the Discussion of Amending ATCA's Bylaws

Eight proposed amendments to ATCA’s Bylaws were submitted to the general membership for discussion in advance of the annual conference in Spring Green, Wisconsin next month.

The Executive Committee unanimously decided to foster full discussion and consideration using a combination of online and in-person exchanges. To begin, the eight suggestions were sent to the full membership via the ATCA Update on June 17. At the same time, a topic was established in the Member Forum of the ATCA website’s Members Only Area where the discussion has already begun with ten comments as of mid-day June 19.

There will be time set aside during the conference in Wisconsin for in-person discussions, summaries of which will be added to the Member Forum record so that those who cannot attend in person will still be able to follow the consideration. Following the conference, the Executive Committee will consider all the opinions expressed, adopt any changes to the proposals that seem prudent and submit the final versions to the entire membership for an electronic vote which will require a two thirds affirmative count of those responding for passage.

Members can view the eight proposals and the ensuing discussion and add their own views, comments or questions on the Member Forum. It can be accessed by clicking on the Members Only Area box at the top of the column on the right. 

Wednesday
Jun132018

TIME SENSITIVE: International Conference News

The 29th World Congress of the International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC), which was postponed when the host country withdrew its offer a few months ago due to lack of funding, will now be held in St. Petersburg, Russia. Dates are November 13 through 17, 2018 and will coincide with the festivities of the Europe Theatre Prize.

As the US section of IATC, ATCA will send two delegates. Those delegates should be members who have been active in ATCA matters over the past two years and ATCA provides underwriting of up to $1,000 per delegate for airfare and ground transportation. (Accommodations and most meals are paid by the conference.)

Due to the short deadline for American citizens to receive an appropriate visa to attend the event, ATCA members are requested to contact vice chair Brad Hathaway by this Sunday, June 17 to express interest in serving.

Our Russian counterparts need to receive our official visa application information which will include a registration form they have provided, a copy of the applicant’s passport, and other relevant information by June 30, 2018.

IMPORTANT: Applicants’ passports must have an expiration date of July 2019 or later. Passports expiring by June 30, 2019 will not be accepted.<

We apologize for the last-minute nature of this communication, necessitated by the earlier postponement of the World Congress and the exigencies of obtaining a visa to enter Russia for such an event.

Thursday
Jun072018

ATCA-WI18 Conference Schedule Published

The 2018 annual conference for the American Theatre Critics Association is coming up this July 11-15 in lovely Spring Green, Wisconsin at American Players Theatre (APT). Spring Green is a beautiful place, and American Players Theatre itself is quite special. Among the plays we’ll be seeing this year are the 1940s comedy “Born Yesterday,” Shakespeare’s pastoral “As You Like It,” Athol Fugard’s compelling and powerful “Blood Knot,” and George Farquhar’s late Restoration comedy “The Recruiting Officer.” “Exit the King,” Ionesco’s absurdist drama, rounds out the roster. Our Perspectives on Criticism this year speaker is Carrie Coon, a Tony-nominated actor (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) and APT alum who has recently had major roles in “Fargo,” “The Leftovers” and “Gone Girl.”

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Thursday
Jun072018

Workshop for Young Critics in Stockholm

The International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC) is organizing a workshop for young theatre critics which will take place from August 23 to 29, 2018 in Stockholm, within in the framework and with the support of the Ingmar Bergman International Festival. You can apply immediately, to be chosen as one of ten participants. The working language for this workshop will be English.

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Monday
Apr302018

La Mama E.T.C. to receive 2018 Regional Theatre Tony Award

Tony Awards to Broadcast Live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 10th

New York, NY (April 30, 2018) – The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced that, based on the recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association, La MaMa E.T.C. (Experimental Theatre Club) in New York City, will receive the 2018 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The honor is accompanied by a grant of $25,000.Ellen Stewart in 2006 (Ruby Washington/NY Times)

La MaMa E.T.C. is one of the original theatres that gave birth to the Off-Off Broadway movement in the 1960s under the leadership of founder and artistic director, Ellen Stewart (1919-2011). Since its inception it has embodied the celebration of diversity and art by supporting more than 150,000 artists from over 70 countries. Well known artists such as Sam Shepard, Diane Lane, Lanford Wilson, Elizabeth Swados, Phillip Glass, Julie Taymor, Robert Wilson, Harvey Fierstein, Adrienne Kennedy and David and Amy Sedaris began their careers at La MaMa.

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Tuesday
Apr172018

Glenn Meredith Loney (1928-2018)

Glenn Loney, a Renaissance man of arts journalism who interviewed hundreds of major artists of the 20th Century around the world and across genres, died April 16, at his home in New York City at age 89 after battling brain and lung cancer for a year.

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Tuesday
Apr102018

ATCA names four finalists for the 2017 Francesca Primus Prize

April 10, 2018—The American Theatre Critics Association has announced the names of the four finalists for the 2017 Francesca Primus Prize. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize, which includes a cash award of $10,000, is given annually to an emerging woman playwright.

The four finalists are Laura Jacqmin for “Residence,” Martyna Majok for “Cost of Living,” Emily Schwend for  “Utility,” and Andrea Stolowitz for  “Berlin Diary.” The winner will be announced by the end of April.

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Saturday
Apr072018

Lauren Gunderson’s “The Book of Will” named 2018 Steinberg/ATCA Award Winner

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will as the recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2017.

Gunderson’s insightful and wry meditation on preserving artists’ legacy after their death, in this case Shakespeare, received the top award of $25,000 and a commemorative plaque during the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville on April 7. The Book of Will had its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Two citations that carry $7,500 each were presented to Molly Smith Metzler’s Cry It Out and Ike Holter’s The Wolf at the End of the Block, which had their world premieres respectively at the Humana Festival and by Teatro Vista at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater.

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Saturday
Apr072018

Deadline: Regional Theater Tony

The new deadline is APRIL 10 to vote for a regional theater to be given ATCA’s recommendation to the Tony Administration Committee. ATCA members have received email links to cast their votes. If you haven’t yet voted, search your email and cast your vote NOW.

Thursday
Apr052018

Chelsea Marcantel’s “Airness" wins 2018 Osborn New Play Award

(April 5, 2018) ATCA has named Chelsea Marcantel winner of the 2018 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award recognizing an emerging playwright. The award will be presented at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville on April 7.

The Osborn Award cites Marcantel’s Airnesswhich premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival for New American Plays. Airness concerns a woman entering her first air guitar competition. There she discovers there’s an art form at the center of what may seem on the surface like just people pretending to play instruments.

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Monday
Mar192018

INTERNATIONAL YOUNG CRITICS WORKSHOP IN JUNE

The International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT–IATC) is organizing a workshop for young theatre critics scheduled to be held June 11–17, 2018, in Limoges, France. The program will be undertaken during the Festival International des Écoles de Théâtre, with support from the Théâtre de l’Union, Centre Dramatique National du Limousin. Potential participants are invited to apply, as soon as possible, to join one of two working groups of six participants maximum per group (one French-speaking group and one in English). Click here for further details including how to apply.

Applications will be accepted until May 8, 2018.

Monday
Mar192018

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR 2018 PRIMUS PRIZE

ATCA invites submissions for the 2018 Francesca Primus Prize, an annual $10,000 playwriting award honoring outstanding contributions to the American theater by an emerging female playwright who has not yet achieved national prominence. The prize is made possible through the generosity of the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation and honors the writer, critic, performer, dramaturg, and cherished ATCA member who died at 42 of lung cancer in 1992.

The Primus Prize operates on an open submission basis. An applicant may submit herself or be nominated by another individual or organization. Members of ATCA may nominate applicants or provide letters of recommendation. To qualify for consideration, a playwright must have had a fully staged, professional production of her script within the calendar year 2017. It does not have to be the play’s world premiere. The committee also considers the applicant’s body of work going back several years.

The deadline is MAY 1, 2018.

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