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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 NOTE that some Milestones haven’t appeared in a timely fashion because of a derelict page editor.

ROBERT FAIRES, Austin, TX, was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters — the rare theater critic among poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, songwriters, playwrights, screenwriters and scholars. Faires is the Austin Chronicle’s Theatre Editor.

BILL HIRSCHMAN, Plantation, FL The ATCA Chair’s mother “Lofi” passed away after a horrendous battle with cancer. Bill penned a loving obituary which can be read here. (Jan. 14, 2019 UPDATE)

JOHN ORR (Sunnyvale, CA) and LAUREN VAN HEMERT (Cary, NC) are new members. He has been writing about theater for 40 years and has decided to become a joiner, and she writes features and reviews in Raleigh. Oct. 12 UPDATE) 

PAM HARBAUGH, Indialantic, FL: her husband, John Harbaugh, a frequent attender of our conferences, died after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was an educator and musician who was equally articulate about theater, travel, and a dozen other areas of expertise. (Sept. 5 UPDATE)

SANDY KATZ, New York, recently underwent some necessary surgery. Her husband Jerry reports she’s recovering well and should be “Travelin’ Sandy” again soon. (Aug. 28 UPDATE)

ALAN SMASON, New Orleans, won first place in the Breaking News (print) category at the 60th Annual Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala, for his story on the New Orleans Jewish community’s response to Hurricane Harvey. He won 2nd and 3rd place awards, as well (Aug. 28 UPDATE) 

JACKIE DEMALINE, an occasional member of ATCA during her long career as a Cincinnati theater critic and arts reporter, died at the age of 68 after a four-year battle with cancer. Her estate will support emerging playwrights through the Jackie Demaline Regional Playwriting Competition or PLAY/write!, to be held at Ensemble Theater. (June 22 UPDATE). 

For full text of these and previous Milestones, CLICK HERE. NOTE that some Milestones didn’t appear in a timely fashion because of a derelict page editor.

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


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 now — low fees still available.

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 

  • Registration for oanels and Sardi’s luncheon $155
  • Registration for panels only (without Sardi’s) $90
  • Registration for Sardi’s luncheon only (without panels) $80
  • 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), Robert Lopez (Frozen), Sarah Ruhl (For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday), Paula Vogel (Indecent), and Doug Wright (War Paint).

Critic panelists include Adam Feldman (Time Out New York), Sara Holdren (New York magazine), and Jan Simpson (Director, Arts & Culture Reporting, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; former arts editor, Time,; Bill Hirschman (ATCA ExCom Chair, editor/chief critic/reporter of moderates.

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)


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: from M. Butterfly —Jin Ha;  A Band’s Visit —Katrina Lenk, Ari’el Stachel, John Cariani; Frozen —Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez; A Bronx Tale —Richard H. Blake; Come From Away—Sharon Wheatley, Lee MacDougal; Junk —Michael Siberry, Ito Aghayere; The Play That Goes Wrong —Ashley Bryant, Jonathan Fielding; Hamilton —J. Quinton Johnson; Waitress —Caitlin Houlahan.

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, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Pam Myers (Company, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, Into the Woods), Kurt Peterson (West Side Story, Follies, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute), Teri Ralston (Company, Sondheim: A Musical Tribute, 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!