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 any writer who regularly publishes substantive pieces reviewing or otherwise critically covering theater.

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

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

Lindsay Christians is a full-time arts and food writer for The Capitol Times in Madison, Wis., where she has written theater reviews 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.



 ATCA’s 2018 annual conference will be held July 10-15, 2018 at American Players Theatre, a classical repertory company in Spring Green, west of Madison, Wisconsin. ATCA members and guests can register here. 

There will be a 2018 New York Weekend Conference, Nov. 2 - 4, 2018. Details to follow.



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


Just one month to go to ATCA in Indianapolis, March 21-24

More to the point, the deadline to get the ATCA rate at the brand new Alexander Hotel is just ahead, Feb. 19.

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

See below for the full schedule, including signup procedure. Or go directly to register here on our events page

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. The rate is good for a single, double, triple or quad room (breakfast, though, is for two guests per room). Rate is good for three days pre- and post- event and rooms should be reserved by February 19 to take advantage of the special rate.

Register online or by mail:

1) Register here on our events page

OR (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

For more information: contact conference chair Lou Harry at

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 11 a.m. Sunday programs run through 1:30 p.m. with an optional 2 p.m. matinee for those who have flexible departures.


7:00  Midwest Premiere of The Lyons at the Phoenix


10:30  Shuttle/Drive/Walk TO INDIANA HISTORY CENTER. Free parking for the day if desired.

11:00  Cole Porter panel/performance/discussion in IHC Cole Porter room.

11:45  Explore interactives and archives at Indiana History Center

12:30  Lunch

1:00  Panel: Why the Midwest? panel with professional theater artists working in Central Indiana 

10 MINUTE WALK TO…. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

2:30  A full-cast reading by Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre of Vonnegut’s play “Happy Birthday, Wanda June.” Munchies provided.

5:00-6:30  Free for dinner downtown. Will provide list of options.

6:30-7:30  Reception at Indiana Repertory Theatre, interrupted by 6:45 excerpt from “Piaf” by Dance Kaleidoscope (professional contemporary dance company), currently running on the IRT Upperstage.

7:30 performance of The Whipping Man at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.


9:45-ish After-show gathering around Hoagy Carmichael’s actual piano at the Columbia Club with entertainment and treats provided by The Cabaret at the Columbia Club.
ALSO Presentation of 2012 Primus Prize to playwright Tammy Ryan.



Optional 10 a.m. visit to the Guitars exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art

11:30 1/2 hour drive to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre—one of the few remaining professional dinner theaters in the country—for 12:15 lunch and 1:30 performance of 9-to-5: The Musical

—Travel to Carmel Indiana (about 20 minutes) to Center for the Performing Arts/Palladium

4:15  General Membership meeting. Possible added panel.

5:15-6:15  Tour of complex and visit to Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook archive & gallery. 

6:30  Dinner served on stage with excerpt from Actors Theatre of Indiana’s recent production of “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical.” 

8:00   Concert with Barbara Cook/Michael Feinstein at the Palladium. Meet and greet to follow. 

10:30-ish  Departure via bus for hotel


10:00  Shuttle/walk/drive to Indy Fringe Building. 

10:30  Panel discussion on The Rise of the U.S. Fringe, with reps from festivals around the Midwest. 

11:30  Full (50-minutes each) productions of two Indy Fringe-birthed shows: NoExit’s “I Am Peter Pan” and Two First Names’ “Going…Going…Gone.” Lunch provided in between.

2:00  Matinee visit to the Phoenix Theatre’s “The Lyons” (for those who couldn’t make it Thursday.)


A visit to 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.


2:00 Complete performance of Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Piaf.” 


6:30 Performance of Acting Up Productions’ Prohibition-era “Twelfth Night” at the Wheeler Arts Center in Fountain Square. 

Early arriver/late departer options

“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 Freetown Village

Indiana State Museum James Dean exhibition

Wednesday afternoon Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsal with maestro Krzysztof Urbanski

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, including interactives on Anne Frank, Ryan White and Ruby Bridges.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Clowes Hall on March 19

Jazz Kitchen Tues-Wed-Sun. Performers to be announced.

and the list keeps building…