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David Dow Bentley III is the, which can also be read at the Houston Chronicle and

Nancy Bishop is editor and publisher of Third Coast Review, a Chicago-centric arts and culture website. You can read her reviews there and her pop culture writing here.

Lindsay Christians is a full-time arts and food writer for The Capitol Times in Madison, Wisconsin. She has written theater reviews there since 2008.

David Cote blogs, reports on theater and reviews Broadway, Off and Off-Off productions for Time Out New York and

Harry Duke covers theatre throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. His essays and reviews can be found on the For All Events website and in the Sonoma County Gazette.

Sandi Durell is publisher, editor, and a critic at Theater Pizzazz which covers Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater, including openings, red carpets events, and interviews.

Michael Grossberg  writes on theater, comedy and the arts in Theater Talk, for the Columbus Dispatch.

Jay Handelman writes  News, reviews and opinion for the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

Pam Harbaugh’s blog, Brevard Culture, offers reviews, commentary and links in arts and culture primarily for residents of Brevard County and the Orlando area.   

Lou Harry  writes Lou Harry’s A&E: opinion, debate and discussion on arts and entertainment for the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Bill Hirschman is editor, chief critic and reporter for Florida Theater On Stage.

Chris Jones writes reviews, interviews and commentary for Theater Loop at the Chicago Tribune.

Aaron Krause is the editor of, founded by Alan Smason (Steppin’ Out, WYES-TV), which offers original theatre reviews and republishes current critical print works online.

David Lefkowitz publishes the theater website, co-publishes the theater journal Performing Arts Insider, and reviews on his weekly radio show, Dave’s Gone By.

Jack Lyons covers the theatre scene for the Desert Local News. Jack is based in Desert Hot Springs and covers the entire Coachella Valley and the rest of Southern California including select productions in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Diego.

Katherine Luck writes news and reviews of theatre in Seattle, Portland, and around the Puget Sound at Pacific NW Theatre.

Jonathan Mandell reviews Broadway, Off-Broadway and independent theater productions, and covers theater for a variety of publications, including Playbill and American Theatre Magazine.  He blogs at New York Theater and Tweets as @NewYorkTheater.

Andrew McGibbon writes Theatre Opinion, News and Information in TheAndyGram, based in NYC.

Kathryn Osenlund reviews Philadelphia theater productions and some New York theater festivals for She also writes for —independent coverage of Philadelphia and arts, and tweets as @theatrendorphin.

Rick Pender edits   The Sondheim Review, a quarterly dedicated to the musical theatre’s foremost composer and lyricist.

Christopher Rawson is the senior critic (part-time) for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and also appears regularly on KDKA-TV.

Wendy Rosenfield covers drama, onstage and off, in Drama Queen and the Philadelphia Inquirer

Michelle F. Solomon is a critic, reviewing professional theater and professional touring productions, for Florida Theater On Stage and

Martha Wade Steketee writes reviews, interviews, and commentary on Broadway, Off Broadway, regional theatre, and film for Urban Excavations in New York City.
Steve Treacy is the primary theatre critic for The Port Townsend Leader. Find his reviews of Pacific Northwest shows at

Lauren Yarger  reviews Broadway and OB for Reflections in the Light and reports on pro theatre and arts in Connecticut Arts Connection.




For the full text of each Milestone, click on the name; for all these and previous Milestones together, CLICK HERE. They are listed in the order (latest on top) they appeared in the weekly ATCA UPDATE.

CHRIS RAWSON, Pittsburgh, PA, is hustling around the country playing catch-up, presenting the August Wilson American Century Cycle Award to theaters that have qualified.

, Provo, UT, has just welcomed his second son into what he hopes will be a lifetime of loving theater.

ERICA MINER, Edmonds, WA, has just published Murder in the Pit, a murder mystery at the Santa Fe Opera.

KAREN TOPHAM, Chicago, is actively seeking theatre critics from around the country to become part of the expanded edition of her website, Contact her here.


For full text of these and previous Milestones, CLICK HERE.

Do you have a Milestone to share? Member Milestones are generally for Transitions (new jobs, retirements), Achievements (awards, honors), Publications (books, TV specials) and Memorials (obituaries). Write a paragraph and send it here. Include a Twitter address in the paragraph so we can give it wider notice. 



After more than 33 years and (by her count) 13,000 reviews, the long-standing Chicago theater and arts critic Hedy Weiss has been let go by the Chicago Sun-Times. Reporting in the competing Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones writes that the sometimes controversial critic “fit into the decades-long Chicago tradition of powerful, hard-working and famously independent women writing about the arts, without compromise or apology.” Read Jones here. Here, the Chicago Business Journal reports. Weiss delivered ATCA’s 2015 Perspectives in Criticism talk in New Orleans: click for an audio recording.

As others see us: Amanda Peet on being devastated by a NY Times review and going cold turkey on reviews thereafter, click here.  

Martha Steketee’s accumulating interviews of critics for The Clyde Fitch Report (click for index).



See ATCA International for news of the International Association of Theatre Critics from the ATCA members who represent us there. See also the IATC’s own site (just [2017] handsomely redesigned) and its web journal, Critical Stages, where the current issue deals at length with Contemporary African Drama and Theatre.





The 2017 Tony Award for Regional Theater went, on ATCA’s recommendation, to the Dallas Theater Center in Texas.
Elsewhere (off)site: for the website of the Drama section of the (British) Critics’ Circle, click here.




{For collected Pull Quotes going back to July, 2012, CLICK HERE.} 

I “believe in culture as a social justice and social change project, which requires not just looking at how ‘good’ a performance is, but at what it does in the world.” — Jill S. Dolan, critic for “The Feminist Spectator” (Princeton University, Dean of the College).

“The Internet allows an avalanche of opinion for infinite sources, many of them rubbish, mean-spirited and lazy. But there’s some terrific writing out there too, and best of all there are so many new ways of reviewing.” — Frank Rizzo, 33 years as Hartford Courant critic, now writes for Variety and many more.

* Previous Pull Quotes are ASSEMBLED HERE 

Past Conferences


New York Weekend Conference, November 3, 4 and 5, 2017. Details. 


San Francisco annual conference, 2017



NYC weekend conference, 2016 (for reports and details, scroll down central column)

2016 annual conference in Philadelphia, April 6-10.

Some coverage: day one, day two, day three-A, day three-B, day four, day five. Full schedule here

2015 NYC Weekend Conference
Sherry Eaker & Ira Bilowit, chairs


2015 New Orleans Conference 
Alan Smason, chair 


2014 Weekend Conference
New York City

Humana Festival, Actors Theater of Louisville, April 2-6
; chair, Jonathan Abarbanel.

2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, CATF, Shepherdstown, WV, July 17-21 — Details here; Tim Treanor, Chair

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

Indianapolis, Indiana
March 21-24, 2013
Lou Harry, Chair 


Chicago, June 13-17, 2012
Jonathan Abarbanel, Chair
See ATCA BLOG for short takes

Milwaukee Add-On
Anne Siegel, Chair
June 17-20, 2012


Colorado New Play Summit
Denver Center Theatre Company, Feb 10-12, 2012

Ashland, Oregon July 6-10, 2011
Chris Rawson, Chair 

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Conn.
Chris Rawson, Chair 

Playwright and critic

Playwright and two critics

Check out: ATCA Blog — scroll back for accounts of ATCA/Ashland, ATCA/O’Neill, more on the Pulitzer controversy, also from Humana and Denver festivals



Past event logos



(above) Sarasota, 2009. 




Fun ‘n Games

Honest-to-Goodness Theater Geek Trivia Contest, Florida Theatre On Stage, Bill Hirschman, ed. (includes links to answers)

Round One.
Round Two


Ashland 2011: conference info and schedule

ATCA’s 2011 conference, July 6-10, features the famous, Tony-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the attractive Ashland and surroundings. The variability of our schedule allows free time during the week. Mornings will include ATCA meetings, theater panels, a session on the digital critic and a Perspectives on Criticism talk. Afternoons and evenings include 8 shows – 4 Shakespeare, 4 not. NOTE that the schedule is unchanged by the mishap at the Bowmar Theater: it’s shows continue in alternate (if inferior) venues.

Shakespeare: Measure for Measure, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Henry IV Part 2, Julius Caesar

Gilbert & Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance

Moliere, The Imaginary Invalid

Tracy Letts, August: Osage County

Tony Taccone and Jonathan Moscone, Ghost Light (world premiere based on the assassination of San Francisco mayor George Moscone)

First, make your reservation ASAP at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel by calling 888-795-4545, x1000 (cite American Theatre Critics Association). Our rate is $149 for a queen (single or double) or $169 for a king or twin. This includes breakfast and the hotel is very close to the festival’s three theaters, saving us the expense of vans, and it provides free meeting rooms. The result is the lowest registration fee (members $99; guests $109) of any ATCA conference in recent memory.

After making your hotel reservation, print our and return the attached Registration Form with your registration fee. Print and return the attached Play Selection Form only after you have made your travel plans.

The airport at Medford, Oregon (symbol MFR) is just 15 miles (24 minutes) from Ashland. Medford is served by United (from Portland, San Francisco, Denver); Delta (from Salt Lake City); and Horizon/Alaska (from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles/LAX). Try for comparative pricing. For transport from the airport to Ashland, Cascade Airport Shuttle (888-760-7433) charges $28 for the first passenger and $5 for each additional one to the same address. There are also taxis and rental cars. If you send he will try to group you, as possible.

Officially, our conference runs from a welcoming dinner given by OSF, Wednesday, July 6, through a Saturday night party given by us, concluding Sunday noon, July 10. During this time you can see seven shows. To see all eight, you have to arrive in time for the matinee Wednesday or stay for the matinee on Sunday.

Or you could do both, leaving you one free afternoon along the way. You could also choose to see fewer than eight shows, giving you even more time to relax or see the sights. And for those who have to leave Saturday or earlier, we have a few seats available Tuesday.

Here’s our outline schedule:

Tues, July 5

Wed, July 6

Thurs, July 7

Fri, July 8

Sat, July 9

Sun, July 10












9-10:15 ATCA1

(where are we



Meet the OSF leadership

9-10:15 ATCA2

(where are we headed)



Critics’ Panel on OSF, past and present: Bill Vrable, Molly Tinsley (more
to come)


The Digital Critic



Perspectives in Criticism: Jim O’Quinn, American Theatre magazine.

 9-10:15 ATCA3

(elections; future plans)


Conference ends here








1:30 matinee

(a few tickets available for special cases)



1:30 matinee

(two shows available)



1:30 matinee

(two shows available)



1:30 matinee

(two shows available)



1:30 matinee

(two shows available)



1:30 matinee

(two shows available)



Welcoming dinner begins conference

Dinner, nap, meet, drink, write, explore

Dinner, etc.

Dinner, etc.


8:30 shows

(a few tickets available for special cases)



8:30 shows (two available)


8:30 shows (two available)


8:30 shows (two available)


8:30 shows (two available)



Hospitality suite

Hospitality suite

Hospitality suite

 ATCA party for the   festival



We don’t list here which shows play when, because every show is available at least twice, and we have to ticket you for specific performances according to your arrival and departure times, depending also on the schedules of others. Just give us the necessary info on the separate Play Selection Form and trust us. If you have already arranged your travel, send that form now; otherwise, wait until your travel is booked.

We look forward to seeing you in Oregon!

Chris Rawson, ATCA chair
Jay Handelman, Vice-Chair
Barry Gaines, Administrator