Norman Nadel, an ATCA founder
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 8:53PM
Chris Rawson, Editor, ATCA Communications Chair

Norman Nadel, ready to travel, 1961 (images from “Under the Copper Beech”)Norman Nadel died Oct. 25, age 95. He had been critic in turn for the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen, the New York World-Telegram and Sun and the New York World Journal Tribune, chaired the N.Y. Drama Critics Circle and arbitrated disputes over foreign actors on N.Y. stages. As cultural affairs writer for Scripps-Howard and critic-at-large for the Independent News Alliance, his reviews appeared in more than 700 newspapers. Norman Nadel teaching criticismThe first director (later, critic in residence) of the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center and an emeritus member of ATCA, he is interviewed by Jay Handelman in ATCA’s own Under the Copper Beech: Conversations with American Theater Critics (2004). In later life he split his year between Naples, Florida (Naples News obituary) and Bar Harbor, Maine (Bar Harbor Times). 

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