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

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Member Blogroll

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.

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 Theatrecriticism.com, 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 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.

 

 

San Francisco Annual Conference, June 15-18, 2017: The whole, mouth-watering experience is now available for your consideration. ATCA members click here! 

 

 

International

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 Theatre and State

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Critics in the news

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Jesse Green named NY Times “co-chief theater critic” with Ben Brantley, filling slot left empty by firing of Charles Isherwood. Read NYT announcement-justification-trumpeting here. Roundtable discussion of why this is a disappointment to many, here. Read substantial interview with Green, addressing all the issues, here.

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

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Scroll down or click here for the Charles Isherwood imbroglio, and the followup flap over a NYT “Big River” review.

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


 

      

The 2016 Tony Award for Regional Theater went, on ATCA’s recommendation, to New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse.
 
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.

“You go wanting to fall in love with a production and that is so rare. I wanted to be smart and reasonable in my writing, to steer people towards the truth, and also had a lot of empathy for artists. I knew pretty soon formal criticism wasn’t for me.” — Eliza Bent, playwright and arts writer, American Theatre, TDF Stages, etc

* Previous Pull Quotes are ASSEMBLED HERE

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


Past Conferences

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NYC weekend, 2016 (for reports and details, scroll down on 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

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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

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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

 

 

Past event logos

 

 

(above) Sarasota, 2009. 

 

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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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New Orleans conference schedule

Click below for the fullest schedule.
New Orleans ATCA Conference Schedule
March 25-29, 2015

PLEASE NOTE: buses are not allowed in the French Quarter. Transport to/from venues within the Quarter is by taxicab, Pedi cab or on foot and is not arranged or provided by the Conference. Blocks in the Quarter are short and there are no hills.

CHECK ON ARRIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS FOR THE LATEST SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

9AM-5PM ExCom meets, Royal Board Room, Floor 2M, Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel;

All day: Conference arrivals, Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel; Conference check-in hotel lobby; 
Suggested visit on your own to National World War II Museum (admission charged)
            (transport by foot—about 14 short blocks—or streetcar, $1.25);
12:45PM America’s Wartime Sweethearts: A Tribute to the Andrews Sisters, Museum Cabaret; SHOW IN NOW SOLD OUT; MUSEUM IS OPEN;
            (Post-show optional side trip two blocks away to Ogden Museum to view the “Tennessee Williams: Artist” display featuring Williams’ little-known paintings; $10 admission
            (Return to hotel on your own by streetcar or on foot);
4:30PM, bus transport to Opening Reception begins; departures starting 4:45PM;

5PM-7PM Opening Reception at historic Gallier Hall; greetings from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; music by the Tom Fischer Trio ; EXCLUSIVE SHOWING of 11 original Al Hirschfield pen & ink drawings & lithographs, from the personal collection of Annette Smason;

7PM, bus to JPAS new performance hall; greetings by Jefferson Parish President John Young;

7:40PM Bus to Rivertown Theaters for welcome by Mike Yenni, Mayor of the City of Kenner;
8PM When Ya’ Smilin’, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts;

10:30PM Return by bus to Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel; 
(Option for beignets at Café du Monde and walk back to hotel)


THURSDAY, MARCH 26 

Morning, Conference arrivals, Astor Crowne Plaza; Conference check-in at Gen. Mem. meeting;
8:30AM-Noon General Membership meeting & Primus Prize presentation to Jenifer Haley (The Nether), Grand Ballroom (expanded continental b’fast);

1PM-2:30PM Panel Discussion with New Orleans artistic directors;

3:30-5:30PM Tennessee Williams Hotel Plays, Historic French Qtr. Hermann-Grima House; 6PM Dinner on your own or optional prix fixe at Tableau Restaurant @ $35.00/person; restaurant is at Le Petit Theatre,616 St. Peter Street (about seven blocks from Hermann-Grima House);
7:30PM Dinner with Friends, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre;
Late night free to hang in French Quarter or return to hotel;

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 
8:30AM-11:30AM General Member meeting, Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor; (expanded continental b’fast and nominations for ExCom elections);

Noon-1PM Perspectives in Criticism keynote address by Hedy Weiss, Astor Crowne Plaza;
AFTERNOON FREE TO TOUR THE CITY, and dinner on your own;
8:00PM Tennessee Williams Tribute featuring John Waters, Ursuline Convent, French Quarter (Ursuline Convent—oldest building in the Quarter—is about 12-13 blocks from our hotel);


SATURDAY, MARCH 28 
9am-Noon, General Member meeting, Grand Ballroom (expanded continental b’fast);

(ExCom elections and future Conference/meeting schedule; meeting will include workshop by Jonathan Mandell on “How to Maximize Your Social Media Impact”);

Noon-1PM “A Conversation with Bryan Batt,” New Orleans born-and-bred film/TV star;
2:00PM First bus departs for Ashe Powerhouse Theater; second departure 2:30PM;
3PM Suddenly Last Summer, Southern Rep at Ashe Powerhouse Theater;

5PM Bus return to hotel;

8PM I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on SundaysThe Nola Project, Monteleone Hotel Ballroom (Monteleone Hotel is one block from Astor Crowne Plaza);

9:30PM Post-show Saturday night on your own in the Quarter. Think like Tennessee!


SUNDAY, MARCH 29 
Breakfast on your own;
10AM, Interview with critic and author John Lahr, Monteleone Hotel;
11:30AM Playwrights Panel with John Patrick Shanley and Martin Sherman, Monteleone Hotel; 
Afternoon free to check out more of the TWNOLF event open to ALL ATCA MEMBERS AND GUESTS or to tour French Quarter;
Jewish New Orleans side tour with tour guide Julie Schwartz available
 (contact Conference chair Alan Smason if interested);
4PM Stella and Stanley Shouting Contest, Pontalba Apartment Building (near Le Petit Theatre).