ATCA

The American Theatre Critics Association, Inc. is the only national association of professional theatre critics. Our members work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and on-line services across the United States. Membership is open to all who review theatre professionally, regularly and with substance for print, electronic or digital media.

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Nancy Bishop reviews Chicago theater for gapersblock.com and for her own blog.

Lindsay Christians writes theatre reviews at 77 Square; also arts blog On the Aisle; The Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal, Madison.

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

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.

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

Melissa Hall writes theatre reviews for the blog Stage Write. She mainly attends Indianapolis events, but also covers other Midwestern venues when possible.

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.

Brad Hathaway reviews for “Theater Shelf” which runs on multiple websites and his features for multiple outlets can be found at BradHathaway.com.  

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.

David Lefkowitz publishes the theater website TotalTheater.com, 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 www.curtainup.com. She also writes for www.Phindie.com —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 contributes to OnStage Journal and OnStage podcasts and reviews in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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 miamiartzine.com.

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 ptleader.com.

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

 

 

N.Y. Weekend Conference, Oct. 28-30, 2016: Sherry Eaker and committee have arranged panel discussions at the Lark and Don’t Tell Mama, a visit to the Players’ Club and the luminaries luncheon at Sardi’s; full info here.

San Francisco Annual Conference, June 14-18, 2017: Robert Sokol, Susan Cohn and Brad Hathaway are in full planning mode.

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Critic celebrated by theater!

(If you can’t read it, it’s Rob Hurwitt, Monday, April 18.)
 

Chris Jones shares 2015 George Jean Nathan Award

The highest award for theater criticism (second perhaps only to the occasional Pulitzer that comes a theater critic’s way) has gone to Chris Jones, theater critic of the Chicago Tribune for 14 years and before that for Variety. He has long chaired ATCA’s recommendation for the Tony Award for regional theater, and he heads the National Critics Institute at Connecticut’s O’Neill Theatre Center. Sharing the award is Princeton professor Brian Eugenio Herrera. Past Nathan Award winners include Michael Feingold, John Lahr, Frank Rich, Elliot Norton, Robert Brustein, Hilton Als and Walter Kerr. 

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Misha Berson steps down in Seattle

In “Miles of Aisles,” a Feb. 7 column, critic Misha Berson bid farewell to 25 years as the Seattle Times theater critic, citing an extensive honor role of turn-of-the-century theater greats who have engaged her critical eye. Read her farewell here.

Christine Dolen retires, recalls

After 36 years as theater critic at the Miami Herald, Christine Dolen recalls some of the rich history it has been an “engaging, endlessly fascinating pleasure” to chronicle. Read her farewell column here.


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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 and its web journal, Critical Stages (Oct. 2014)

 

 

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The Clyde Fitch Report 
interviews critics (mainly ATCA members): Misha BersonTerry Teachout; Peter MarksLauren Yarger; Wendy Rosenfield 

HowlRound criticism archive: NYT surveys response to critics, Jason Zinoman on the happy masochism of critics, etc.

Wendy Rosenfield, “Diversity Onstage: A Critical Issue” (Broad Street Review, Feb. 19, 2014)

 


The 2015 Tony Award for Regional Theater went, on ATCA’s recommendation, to the veteran Cleveland Playhouse.

The 2014 Tony Award for Regional Theater went, on ATCA’s recommendation, to New York’s Signature Theatre — the first time the award has gone to a NYC theater. 

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.} 

“It is a terrible experience for a playwright to be forced by his conscience to praise critics for anything,’ O’Neill writes. “It isn’t done. It has never been done. There is something morbid and abnormal about it, something destructive to the noble tradition of what is current conduct for dramatists. In short, it gripes. Nevertheless, conscience drives me to reiterate that I think the Critics’ Circle Award is a damned fine idea.” — Eugene O’Neill, cited by Brooks Atkinson at the first NYDCC Awards, 1936.    

* Previous Pull Quotes are ASSEMBLED HERE. 

ATCA members: Send us material for the Members’ Milestones page.


Past Conferences

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. 

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2015 NYC Weekend Conference
Sherry Eaker & Ira Bilowit, chairs

 

2015 New Orleans Conference 
Alan Smason, chair 

 

2014 Weekend Conference
New York City
 

2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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

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

2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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

 

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

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

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

Logo by Tim Menees after Honore Daumier

2010 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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

 

 

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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

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Jan162013

ATCA gathers in Indy, March 21-24

HAVE WE GOT A DEAL FOR YOU!!

ATCA will gather in March for the first time in Indianapolis, and for good reason. Look what we have to offer. The $99 weekend features:

* Concert & chat with Michael Feinstein and Barbara Cook
* Tour of Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Archives
* Mainstage Equity productions of Indiana Repertory Theatre’s “The Whipping Man,” The Phoenix Theatre’s “The Lyons,” and Beef & Boards’ “9-to-5.” Plus a sample performance of Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Piaf”
Midwest Fringe Festivals panel and performances
* Reading of “Happy Birthday Wanda June” at Vonnegut Library
* Panels at Indiana History Center’s Cole Porter room, dinner show by Actors Theatre of Indiana and drinks and songs around Hoagy Carmichael’s piano at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club
* Plus much more

All this for just $99 for members. $135 for guests. Conference fee includes events, lunches, Saturday dinner, receptions, and panels. Special $150 fee for non-members who join, includes one year of dues.

Click below for much more, including signup procedure and detailed schedule. Or go directly to register here on our events page

You have several options. Arrive Thursday before 5 p.m. to see “The Lyons” that night, or come in time for the start of Friday panels at noon. Sunday programs run through 1:30 p.m. with an optional 2 p.m. matinee for those who have flexible departures.

We have secured a discounted rate of $119 per night (including breakfast) at the brand new Alexander Hotel. Ask for the ATCA rate when booking:  (855) 200-3002. NOTE that this rate is guaranteed only if booked by Feb. 19.

Register online or by mail:

1) Register here on our events page

2) Mail a check for $99 made out to ATCA ($135 for guests) and send to:

ATCA Conference
C/O Lou Harry
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Indianapolis Business Journal
41 E. Washington St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Or you can register via pay pal on our website: americantheatrecritics.org. 

For more information: contact conference chair Lou Harry at lharry@ibj.com:

Here is a detailed conference schedule (subject to change).

THURSDAY March 21
7 p.m. Midwest Premiere of The Lyons at the Phoenix

FRIDAY March 22

Noon — Visit to the Indiana History Center and its Cole Porter Room. ATCA membership meeting and panels.

3 p.m. — Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre presents a reading of Kurt Vonnegut’s play “Happy Birthday, Wanda June” at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

About 5 p.m. —Free for dinner downtown. (A list of options will be provided).

6:30 p.m. — Dance Kaleidoscope (professional contemporary dance company) offers 15 minute piece from Piaf (at Indiana Rep)

7 p.m. — Reception at Indiana Repertory Theatre followed by performance of The Whipping Man 

10 p.m. — After-show intimate gathering around Hoagy Carmichael’s actual piano at the Columbia Club with entertainment provided by The Cabaret at the Columbia Club.

SATURDAY March 23

Optional a.m. activities including a walk on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail — an urban planning initiative linking downtown cultural attractions with bike and pedestrian paths.  

11:00 a.m. — Bus to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre for panel, lunch and performance of “9-to-5: The Musical.”

About 4:30 p.m. — Bus to Carmel, Indiana to Center for the Performing Arts for tour the Great American Songbook Archive and Gallery, panels, dinner on stage with performance from Actors Theatre of Indiana, concert with Barbara Cook/Michael Feinstein, and post-show Q&A with Cook/Feinstein

SUNDAY March 24 — (UPDATED FEB 15)

10:30 Sunday at the Fringe. Meeting at th Indy Fringe Building (a church converted into a theater). Panel discussion about Fringe festivals (inviting reps from Cincy and St. Louis) and a showcase of two Indy Fringe-birthed shows: NoExit’s “I Am Peter Pan” and Two First Names’ “Going…Going…Gone.” Lunch provided.

—Optional 2:00 matinee visit to the Phoenix Theatre’s “The Lyons” for those who couldn’t make it Thursday.

If not going to the Phoenix then either:

—The Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres, for artist Tamar Ettun’s installation and multi-media performance One Thing Leads to Another, which takes place inside an overturned hot air balloon, incorporating dance and music in a changing environment. This option also allows exploration of the IMA.

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—See complete performance of Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Piaf” at 2:00. (We’re getting a 15-minute preview Friday night).

 and/or

—6:30 performance of Acting Up Productions’ Prohibition-era “Twelfth Night” at the Wheeler ArtsCenter in Fountain Square. Acting Up is the newest professional theater company in the area. 

plus, we’ve got lots of other options for early arrivers/departers including

“Guitars” and “Women in Art” exhibitions at the Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art

Docent-led tours of “Graphite” and other shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Tour of the historic Madame C.J. Walker Building, still a performing arts venue and home to FreetownVillage

Contact Lou Harry at lharry@ibj.com for more information.