ATCA is the official American section of the International Association of Theatre Critics/Association internationale des critiques de théâtre (AICT-IATC). AICT-IATC is a worldwide organization of which all ATCA members are default members. Founded in Paris in 1956, AICT-IATC is a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization under statute B of UNESCO. AICT-IATC holds world congresses every two years and seminars for new critics twice a year. It also conducts symposia and contributes to professional juries. English and French are the association’s official languages, and its place of incorporation is Paris.
Current members of ATCA are eligible for an AICT-IATC membership card, which may ease press access to foreign theaters (as well as museums) — although normal American press credentials will certainly do as much. AICT-IATC cards are usually distributed as part of the ATCA renewal process, but since the AICT-IATC and ATCA membership years differ, that may leave a gap. Any ATCA member anticipating the need may request an AICT-IATC card from the ATCA administrator.
Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques, the journal of AICT-IATC is available online to the reader without financial, legal, or technical barriers. It is a peer-reviewed journal fully committed to the Open Access Initiative. It offers a platform for debate and exploration of a wide range of theater and performance art manifestations from all over the world. The aim is to make readers feel that Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques is their “local” journal with a global reach.
To read recent news from the American section of the AICT-IATC, see the ATCA International Committee Blog.
Seminars for young and experienced critics
The seminars for young critics, generally defined as those 35 and under, and symposia for more experienced critics can both be transforming experiences, as many ATCA members will testify. These events are generally five days to a week long and are conducted in both English and French, although knowledge of one language or the other is sufficient. Local expenses (registration, housing, theater tickets, transportation and most meals) are born by the organizers, but participants have to pay for their own travel to and from the host city.
Seminars and symposia are often announced with only a few months leeway, so those interested should keep checking the AICT-IATC website at http://www.aict-iatc.org. The AICT-IATC application (available there) requires a short CV, several examples of work published (or otherwise) and the recommendation of your “national section,” i.e. ATCA. Membership in ATCA is not a prerequisite to apply, though it is helpful. For the necessary recommendation, contact the ATCA International Committee chair or ATCA chair, available on the Leadership & Committees page.
If you would like to be considered for a Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association travel grant in conjunction with your AICT-IATC seminar application, fill out a Grant Request form. Grant requests are considered twice annually by the Foundation board. Subsidy is not guaranteed. Applications must be received one month prior to each meeting, which are generally held in February and May. Grant recipients will be notified of their acceptance and the terms of grant. For more current information, contact Foundation President Jay Handelman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- International Committee blog
- Official IATC website
- International Committee blog archive (May 2006-Oct. 2008)
ATCA International Committee Contact
Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, Chair, email@example.com