Member Milestones

Do you have a Milestone to share? ATCA Member Milestones are generally for Transitions (new jobs, retirements), Achievements (awards, honors), Publications (books, TV specials) and Memorials (obituaries). Write a paragraph and send to communications@americantheatrecritics.org. Include a Twitter address in the paragraph so we can give it wider notice.

Friday
Oct062017

ANGELIKA JENSEN | San Antonio, TX

Member Angelica Jensen has let us know the sad news that her husband of thirty years died last month. The following is excerpted from his obituary: “Robert ‘Bob’ Brown was born in New York City on January 16, 1930. He passed away peacefully on September 9, 2017, surrounded by his closest family. He is survived by his loving wife of thirty years, Angelika Jensen, his first wife, Barbara Holsten, and his son Steven Brown and stepson Ingmar Jensen. A dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker, he spent his formative years in the City where he attended high school and college. Throughout the years he created a reputation for financial acumen in the greater New York area. Bob’s lengthy corporate financial career included leading positions at Nikon, Books for Libraries, Seatrain, and the City of Valdez, Alaska. Bob and Angelica move to San Antonio in 1987 and he retired in 1998. For his service in the Korean War, he was awarded a Bronze Star.”
Thursday
Sep282017

WEI-HUAN CHEN | Houston, TX

Wei-Huan Chen of the Houston Chronicle was recently recognized for his work covering “Nixon in China.” According to the jury committee, “The HGO production employed the use of yellowface and stereotypical representations of Chinese people. Wei’s writing on the controversial aspects was a departure from traditional opera coverage in Houston, where this was suddenly “news” even though the production originated here. His review spurred a community discussion and symposium about the obligations of arts organizations when representing ethnic groups. So often we talk about the power of change through hard news reporting, but Wei courted change and action through critical writing. That’s not an easy feat.”

Thursday
Aug102017

CHARLES GIULIANO | North Adams, MA

Charles is the founder of Berkshire Fine Arts which covers all aspects of the arts in the Berkshires. Last week he published Gloucester Poems: Nugents of Rockport. Charles writes, “The project started in the 1980s during an annual commute from Palm Beach to Mom’s home in Gloucester. What emerged is a remarkable narrative of my mother, Dr. Josephine Flynn, her Nugent/Flynn clan, and an engaging tale of the Irish in America.”  [ Website | Amazon ]

Sunday
Aug062017

RICK PENDER | Cincinnati, OH

Rick received a first place award in the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presentation of their 2017 Excellence in Journalism awards. The category was “Written Communication – Best Arts/Entertainment Critique.” It was in recognition of a collection of his “Curtain Call” columns for Cincinnati CityBeat. The awards were presented on June 22, 2017.

Sunday
Aug062017

JAY HANDELMAN | Sarasota, FL

The Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro announced winners of the 23rd annual Sunshine State Awards to recognize quality journalism in the best tradition of our profession for the calendar year of 2016. ATCA member and Foundation President Jay Handelman earned first place in Beat Reporting – Arts for his work with the Sarasota Harold-Tribune. Congratulations, Jay!

Sunday
Aug062017

IRENE BACKALENICK | Bridgeport, CT

On the cusp of 96, member Irene Backalenick (nytheaterscene.com) writes: “I no longer get to theater as often as I once did, though I still occasionally review. I have, however, turned to a new genre - poetry - and have recently had my first two books of poems published. Also, my poems have appeared in various literary journals.” You can find Rueful Reflections - Books 1 & 2 on amazon.com (not to mention her 1988 book East Side Story: Ten Years With the Jewish Repertory Theatre).

Sunday
Aug062017

LYNN ROSEN | Bellingham, WA

Congrats to Lynn Rosen and her husband Steve Giordano for the release of the third edition of their book Camping Washington. The guide covers more than 300 public campgrounds in the Pacific Northwest state. Steve wrote and photographed the first two editions, and Lynn joined him in updating the third edition. It is a Falcon Press publication. [ Website | Amazon ]

Sunday
Aug062017

JOHN ANGELL GRANT | Palo Alto, CA

T.S. Eliot’s high-profile writing career lasted more than 60 years. In 1948, he won a Nobel Prize for poetry that many think the finest of the twentieth century. About half way through this prestigious literary career, however, the poet shifted his creative efforts to drama and wrote a series of plays that today are rarely produced. In his new book, Women and Religion in the Modern Drawing Room Plays of T.S. Eliot, ATCA member John Angell Grant argues that an understanding of these tropes, recurring throughout the four plays can be found in a biographical assessment of the playwright that looks at Eliot’s own troubled personal relationships with women, and his own, resulting retreat into austere religious practices. The book is published by Academica Press, and any ATCA member who can review the book or assign a review to someone else can email John for a copy. [ Website | Amazon ]