Membership is open to any writer who regularly publishes substantive content reviewing or otherwise critically covering theater. 

There are three classes of membership, Full, Associate and Emeritus. All three classes participate fully in the life of the organization, but only full members may be elected to the executive committee.

Benefits of Membership

ATCA offers valuable opportunities for educational and personal enrichment to both established and developing theater writers.

In a typical year, members gather for a multi-day annual conference in a major theater center outside New York, as well as for a shorter meeting either in New York or elsewhere, perhaps a regional theater festival. In addition to panels, workshops, seminars, guest speakers, discussions with regional and national theater practitioners and a sampling of regional theaters, there’s ample opportunity to talk shop and socialize with others in the profession. Specific benefits include:

  • professional affiliation with a nationwide network of over 200 theater writers
  • membership in the Foundation for the American Theatre Critics Association
  • membership in the International Association of Theatre Critics
  • select complimentary admission to international museums and galleries
  • listing in the published and online ATCA member directories
  • exclusive members-only section of the ATCA website
  • members-only newsletter and advance email announcements of industry news and special events
  • ability to promote your writing via ATCA website and social media
  • weekend seminars and study tours to help critics sharpen their skills and widen their cultural horizons
  • conference registration sponsorship from the Foundation in your initial membership year
  • ability to vote on annual Theatre Hall of Fame inductees
  • ability to recommend candidates for the annual Tony Award for regional theatre
  • opportunity to participate in play reading panes for the Primus Prize for women playwrights
  • opportunity to recommend new works to juried panels for Steinberg and Osborn Awards
  • member-exclusive video panels with renowned theater makers and industry experts
  • opportunities to represent ATCA at international conferences

Additionally, your membership in ATCA supports the organization in advancing public understanding of the role of professional theater writing and how that supports and advances theater as a form of cultural and civic discourse.

How to join

You may only join as a FULL MEMBER, supplying documentation in the form of eight reviews, substantive theater articles, or interviews with those who create theater from the past twelve months as evidence that you are a currently practicing theater journalist. Full members then submit four articles or reviews from the preceding twelve months each time they renew. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: An existing member no longer meets the full member criteria but wishes to continue their affiliation with ATCA. (New members cannot join as associate members. Only previous full members can  transition to associate membership when active reviewing ends.)

EMERITUS MEMBER: A status conferred by the executive committee to honor distinguished service to the theater and/or to ATCA. Emeritus members are usually no longer actively reviewing.

The ATCA membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 but you may join at any time. Those who join in the last six months of the membership year (e.g. after Jan. 1), will be considered paid up through the following year. (This does not apply to existing members who renew late.) Dues are $100 per year.

Each applicant should, if possible, be sponsored by a current member and must submit an application (link below) accompanied by eight content samples – reviews or other content – from the previous twelve months. Applicants who do not know an ATCA member should contact Robert Sokol, ATCA operations manager, at the address listed below.

Download Application

Please download the form (save it on your desktop) and complete it there. Then return it via email. Do not try to complete the form in your browser window as your entries will be lost when you close the window. For more information and membership inquiries contact:

Robert Sokol
ATCA Operations Manager

American Theatre Critics Association
584 Castro Street - #119
San Francisco, CA  94114

o: 415.964.8040 | f: 415.869.3700




Applicants who do not know an ATCA member should contact Christopher Curcio directly.

Download Application

For information and membership inquiries contact Christopher Curcio, ATCA Administrator:


(602) 956-2310

American Theatre Critics Association

P.O. Box 26945

Phoenix, AZ 85068