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Five plays, panels, speakers, dinners, a host of historical sites and more, plus transport, etc.
The venue: The theaters of Shepherd University.
The dates: Wednesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 21, 2013.
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) selected Chicago as the site of its 39th annual conference, June 13-17, 2012.
It was the fourth time Chicago hosted an ATCA conference, more than any other American city, and the first time since 2002. The conference host was Jonathan Abarbanel at email@example.com
After Chicago, some members joined host Anne Siegel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a follow-up trip to Milwaukee, a relatively short drive from Chicago, for activities June 17-20.
The Milwaukee trip included a visit to Ten Chimneys, the historic summer residence of theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, and other noted theaters and sites.
The 2011 ATCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE was be at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, July 6-10: there were eight plays to see (4 Shakespeare, 4 not), lively ATCA panels, companionship, a lovely small town full of good restaurants and the top-notch Ashland Springs Hotel, just a few minutes walk from the theaters.
The 2011 ATCA Weekend Meeting (aka “Mini-Meeting”) was in New York City, Feb. 4-6. Here’s the registration form.
2010 Annual Conference, July 14-18, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.
ATCA went back to its 1974 birthplace, “America’s premiere theater laboratory.” The O’Neill is a template for developmental programs for new plays, musicals and critics, with a rich roster of playwrights of national significance.
The conference included a side bus trip up the Connecticut River valley to the delicious Goodspeed Opera House (worth an article) for a revival of “Carnival!”
Our mornings were at the Radisson, starting with breakfast buffets and including ATCA meetings, panels, discussions and a Perspectives in Criticism. A panel on the new media was be at Monte Cristo, the O’Neill family cottage, famous from his plays (also worth an article). At the O’Neill, there was a panel of theater pros telling us what they think of theater criticism…
SPRING, 2010: Humana Festival of New American Plays, Special Visitors (formerly Critics) Weekend
Actors Theatre of Louisville, March 25-28
Not an ATCA event, but many critics attend and ATCA annually annouces the Steinberg/ATCA and Osborn new play award winners. Click here to read some blog entries on the weekend just completed.
WINTER, 2010: Denver Mini-Meeting
Feb. 11-13, 2010
Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, Colorado
Some ATCA members at the Denver conference: (left to right, in rear) Jim Steinberg, Chris Jones, Christine Dolen, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Bill Hirschman, Chris Rawson, Jonathan Abarbanel, Lynn Rosen, Barry Gaines, Rick Pender and Brad Hathaway; (left to right, in front) Juliet Wittman, Glenn Loney, Barbara Bannon, Judith Reynolds and Sylvie Drake.