Membership is open to any writer who regularly publishes substantive pieces 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 enrighment to btoh 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. 

  • 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 sepecial events
  • ability to promote your writing via ATCA website and social media
  • weekend seminars andd study tours to help critics sharpen their skills adn widen their cultural horizons
  • conference registration sponsorship from the Foundation in you 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
  • oppotunity 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 internationa 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 cific discourse.

How to join

You may join only as a full member, supplying eight reviews, substantive theater articles or interviews with those who create theater from the past 12 months as evidence that you are a currently practicing theater journaist; full members then submit three recent pieces each time they renew. 

Associate members are those full members who notify the organization that they no longer meet this condition of entry but wish to continue their affiliation. (To repeat: you may not join as an associate member; you can only transition to associate from full membership in good standing when your active reviewing ends.)

Emeritus status is conferred by the executive committee to honor distinguished service to the theater and/or to ATCA, generally on those who are no longer actively reviewing.

The membership year runs from June 1 to May 31 but you may join at any time. Those who join in the last five months of the membership year (e.g. after Jan. 1), will be considered paid up through the following year. (This does not apply to 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 reviews from the previous 12 months. Applicants who do not know an ATCA member should contact Robert SokolATCA Operations Manager, at the address listed below; membership chair Anne Siegel; or ATCA chair William Hirschman.

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For information and membership inquiries contact:

ATCA Operations Manager, Robert Sokol

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

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

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


(602) 956-2310

American Theatre Critics Association

P.O. Box 26945

Phoenix, AZ 85068