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

Nancy Bishop reviews Chicago theater for gapersblock.com 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 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.

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 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.

 

   


 

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

 

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

CHARLES GIULIANO, North Adams, MA, just published Gloucester Poems: Nugents of Rockport.

RICK PENDER, Cincinnati, OH, wom first place for Best Arts/Entertainment Critique, SPJ-Greater Cincinnati.

JAY HANDELMAN, Sarasota, FL, won first place for Beat Reporting-Arts, SPJ-Florida.

IRENE BACKALENICK, Bridgeport, CT, “on the cusp of 96,” is reviewing less but has two volumes of poetry.

LYNN ROSEN, Belingham, WA, and Steve Giordano published new book, Camping Washington.

JOHN ANGELL GRANT, Palo Alto, CA, published Women and Religion in the Modern Drawing Room Plays of T.S. Eliot.

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.


  


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. 

Critics in the news

New York Magazine names Sarah Holdren to the slot of theater critic vacated by Jesse Green. She’s been a freelance theater director and Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based theater company Tiltyard.

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).


 

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.

“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

Saturday
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Join us in New York City! . . . . ATCA-NY17 Conference, Friday through Sunday, November 3-5

The ATCA-NY17 Conference Chair Sherry Eaker and the NY Conference Committee invite all ATCA members to a New York City weekend meeting!

Register to take advantage of lower fees until Oct. 1.

Click for full program and details!

1.  Follow the journey of a new musical from conception to the Broadway stage with the show’s creators and lead producer  

2.  Attend either the Shubert Archive or the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive at Lincoln Center  

3.  Converse with leading playwrights on the state of the art of theatre criticism  

4.  Mingle with some of Broadway’s leading actors, playwrights, and directors at our traditional Celebrity Luncheon at Sardi’s  

5.  Enjoy a cocktail reception hosted at the new restaurant Bond 45, and meet with its well-known owner and designer  

6.  Listen to Broadway veterans talk about originating roles in Sondheim musicals  

7.  Take advantage of press invitations to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows  

Costs for Members and Guests (Rates go up Oct. 1, 2017)

  • Guests of members pay the same price; bring prospective members! 

Hotel and Tickets 

As usual for the New York conferences, you will make your own hotel and theatre tickets arrangements, but we will provide resources:

* We will alert you to hotel deals as we find them.

* A number of press invitations to Broadway shows have already been offered to us; another reminder to the publicists will be sent in September. Show offer lists will be updated and made available for all registered ATCA-NY17 attendees.

Friday, November 3

Theatre Row
410 W. 42nd St. (between 9th and 10th avenues)

9:30 am: Continental Breakfast

10:15 am: Welcoming remarks

10:30 to 11:45 am:

Panel #1: From Page to Stage: The Journey of A New Musical

We will follow the journey of The Band’s Visit, a new musical opening on Broadway on November 9, adapted from the 2007 Israeli film, from a simple idea to a fully-staged Broadway show. Panelists are David Yazbek (score), Itamar Moses (book), David Cromer (director), and Orin Wolf (producer). Martha Steketee (ATCA member) moderates.

Noon to 1:30 pm:

Panel #2: Dramatists and Drama Critics: Continuing the Conversation

We continue a discussion that we first began at the 2014 NY conference, revisited again in 2015, between playwrights and critics on the challenges that face both professions. 

Playwright panelists are Kirsten Childs (Bella: An American Tall Tale  ),   Sarah Ruhl (For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday), Paula Vogel (Indecent), and Doug Wright (War Paint). Critic panelists to be announced.

1:30 to 2:30 pm: Lunch buffet at Theatre Row

2:30 to 3:15 pm: Travel on your own to your pre-assigned reservation:

Shubert Archives
149 W. 45th St. (between 6th & 7th avenues)

or

Theatre on Film and Tape Archives (TOFT), a division of the Billy Rose Collection at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; 40 Lincoln Center (65th St. & Columbus Ave.)

3:15 to 4:45 pm: Tours of Shubert Archive and TOFT

>The Shubert Archive contains more than six million documents related to the Shuberts’ theatrical activities.

>TOFT is a vast collection of preserved theatrical recordings and documented interviews with theatre legends. We will learn how to access them, plus view highlights from among them.

4:45 to 5:15 pm: Travel on your own to 

Bond 45, 221 W. 46th St. 
(between 7th & 8th avenues, in the Edison Hotel)

5:15 to 6:45 pm:

Cocktail reception hosted at the new venue Bond 45, designed by theatre set designer David Korins (Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton) who will welcome us along with the venue owner, restaurateur Shelly Fireman.

Saturday, November 4

Sardi’s, 234 W. 44th St. (between 7th & 8th avenues)
ATCA’s traditional “Luncheon with the Stars”

10 am: Sign-in and cash bar

10:30 to 11:30 am: Arrival of celebrity guests. (Last year’s guests: Denis Arndt, Julianne Boyd, Danny Burstein, Rachel Chavkin, Robert Creighton, William Finn, Mandy Gonzalez, Christopher Hampton,Jessica Hecht, Brad Oscar, Diane Paulus, the Q Brothers, Josie Rourke.)

11:30 to 1 pm: Sit-down luncheon and introduction of theatre artists by their host ATCA members

Sunday, November 5

Don’t Tell Mama
343 W. 46th St. (between 8th & 9th avenues)

9 am: Continental breakfast

9:30 to 10:45 am: ATCA membership meeting

11 am to 12:15 pm:Panel #3

Broadway Veterans Talk About Originating Roles in Sondheim Musicals

Panelists are Len Cariou (A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Harvey Evans (GypsyAnyone Can Whistle, Follies), Pam Myers (Company, Into the Woods), Kurt Peterson (West Side Story, Follies, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Teri Ralston (Company, A Little Night Music). Moderator:  Rick Pender (ATCA member, publisher and editor of Everything Sondheim). 

Conference questions?
or 917.239.5467
 
 
A link to a list of Broadway shows and their press agents can be found on the registration page!