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

There are three tiers of membership, Full, Associate and Emeritus. All three tiers 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
  • admission to select international museums and galleries
  • listing in the published and online ATCA member directories
  • members-only section of the ATCA website
  • members-only newsletter and advance email announcements of industry news and special events
  • ATCA website and social media promotion of member content
  • seminars and tours to sharpen critical skills
  • one-time conference registration support for new members
  • voting on the annual Theatre Hall of Fame inductees
  • recommending candidates for the annual Tony Award for regional theatre
  • participating in play reading adjudication panels for the Primus Prize for women playwrights
  • recommending new works to juried panels for Steinberg and Osborn Awards
  • member-only access to video panels with 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. To do so, complete an application form and  supply documentation in the form of eight pieces of your own content – 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 pieces of cntent from the preceding twelve months each time they renew. 

ASSOCIATE MEMBER: An existing member who no longer meets the full member criteria but wishes to continue their affiliation with ATCA. Associate members retain all rights and privileges of full sember status except they cannot be elected to or serve on the executive committee.

New members cannot join as associate members. Only previous full members can transition to associate membership when active career ends or is on hiatus. Associate members may return to being full members if their professional status changes back to active content creaton.

EMERITUS MEMBER: An honorary status conferred by the executive committee to recognize 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 and membership renews annually on July 1.

Each applicant should, if possible, be sponsored by a current member and must submit an application (link below) accompanied by eight content samples (or links to access them) of reviews or other content from the previous twelve months.

Download Application

Please download the form (saving it on your desktop) and complete it there. Then return it via email to the membership committee. 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 please contact us at:

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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