Perspectives in Criticism (Archive)


Hedy Weiss, Perspectives in criticism, 2015

An often controversial critic in her fiefdom of Chicago, Weiss stimulated the ATCA audience at the New Orleans conference in 2015. Hear a recording here.


Playwright Lauren Gunderson, Perspectives in Criticism 2014

Click here for Gunderson’s talk (Humana Festival, 2014), the 33rd in a series that began in 1992.


Jason Zinoman, Perspectives in Criticism, 2013

Click here for Jason’s full speech, the 32nd in a series that began in 1992. 



Terry Teachout delivers 20th anniversary Perspectives in Criticism address, "The Power of Enthusiasm"

Click here for Terry’s talk, delivered at the Chicago conference in June, 2012. 


Perspectives in Criticism, 2011: The contemporary role of the critic

Click here for a transcript of the Perspectives in CriticismIra Bilowit, Tim Sanford, Adam Rapp, Emily Mann, Richard Nelson, Chris Rawson panel of playwrights Adam Rapp and Richard Nelson, artistic director Tim Sanford and producer-director-playwright Emily Mann, moderated by Ira Bilowit and Chris Rawson, arranged and launched by Sherry Eaker, at the NY weekend meeting in Feb., 2011.

Perspectives in Criticism roster

1992, Feb, NYC: Clive Barnes 

1992, May, Cleveland: William Henry. 

1993, May, Seattle: Michael Feingold. 

1994, July, O’Neill Theater Center: Ernie Schier. 

1995, May, Dallas/Fort Worth: Jeremy Gerard. 

1996, Miami: Margo Jefferson. 

1997, July, Salt Lake City: Sylvie Drake. 

1998, May, Denver: Dan Sullivan. 

1999, Feb., NYC: Frank Rich. Henry Hewes (on right)

1999, June, Philadelphia: Henry Hewes. 

2000, Louisville: Richard Christiansen. 

2001, Feb., NYC: Robert Brustein. 

2001, July, Ashland: Robert Hurwitt. 

2002, Feb., NYC: Linda Winer. 

2002, June, Chicago: Albert Williams. 

2003, March, NYC: Eric Bentley. 

2003, June, St. Paul: Nancy Melich. 

2004, June, San Francisco: Misha Berson. Jay Novick

2005, Feb., NYC: Julius Novick. 

2005, June, Los Angeles: Norman Lear, keynote at first National Critics Conference. 

2006, Feb, NYC: John Simon. 

2006, June, Shaw Festival: Leonard Conolly on GBS as a critic;
Stratford Festival: Ian Herbert and Robert Cushman on “Critics and the Bard.”

2008, June, Washington, D.C.: Trey Graham, Peter Marks and Bob Mondello. Michael Riedel

2009, April, Sarasota: theater columnist Michael Riedel.

2009, Oct., NYC: producer Ken Waissman.

2010, Feb., Denver: ATCA panel of Christine Dolen, Jeffrey Jenkins, Chris Jones and Chris Rawson, moderated by Jim Steinberg.

Michael Phillips2010, July, O’Neill Theater Center: film critic (and former ATCA member and theater critic at a half-dozen papers) Michael Phillips.

2011, Feb., NYC: playwright-director-artistic director Emily Mann, playwrights Adam Rapp and Richard Nelson and artistic director Tim Sanford. Click for transcript.

2011, July, Ashland, Oregon: Jim O’Quinn.

2012, June, Chicago: Terry Teachout. Click for transcript.

2013, July, Shepherdstown, WV: Jason Zinoman. Click for transcript

2014, April, Louisville: Lauren Gunderson. Click for transcript.

2014, Nov., NYC: playwrights Arthur Kopit, David Henry Hwang, Doug Wright and Tina Howe.Arthur Kopit, David Henry Hwang, Doug Wright and Tina Howe with copies of ATCA’s “Under the Copper Beech” (at right, moderator Chris Rawson)

2015, March, New Orleans: Hedy Weiss. Click for audio recording.

2016, April, Philadelphia, Diep Tran. (Click for transcript.)