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Nancy S. Bishop | ATCA member and Chicago girl

Nancy S. Bishop, a Chicago native, arts critic, and ATCA member, and editor-publisher of Third Coast Review, has published Chicago Girl: Essays on the Arts, Politics and Life. The book is part memoir with one section made up of seven essays about growing up in...

Sandy Katz | The life of the party

Sandy Katz Sandy Katz, the freelance theater critic, photographer and travel writer whose ebullient personality and unstinting friendliness made her a memorable part of every ATCA conference, died Jan. 7 after battling kidney and cardiac illnesses for years. Katz, 80, was currently working for www.berkshirefinearts.com and www.maturelifefeatures.com,...

Critic Spotlight: January 2021

Jessica Goldman Houston-area criticPrimary outlet: Houston Press Jessica Goldman Let’s start with the basics. You have worked for the Houston Press for six years, but before that you were up in Calgary doing radio? Yes. We’re originally from Toronto; we moved to Calgary 12 years ago. I was the...

Critic Spotlight: December 2020

Nicole Gluckstern Bay Area Primary Outlet: KQED Nicole Gluckstern Why is it important to cover people who spend their life telling stories? It’s been useful to me to frame it in my mind as us both being storytellers. It just so happens that the focus of my stories tend to be...

#ATCA2020 highlights art and activism

ATCA is making history November 13-15, 2020 by holding its first truly national conference, and holding it online. Unbound by geography, we will be tied together by Zoom and our common interests in theater and the creative people who make it. ATCA2020: The Next Normal, our...

The future of Broadway and touring at #ATCA2020

Brian Moreland Broadway is dark and will not open until June — at the earliest. So how are commercial producers of New York and touring shows  coping, dealing, strategizing and planning during this pandemic? What are they anticipating for the future? How are they holding their...

Critic Spotlight: November 2020

Ramona Harper Ramona Harper DC-area critic Outlets: DC Metro Theater Arts; Dance Metro DC Your background in diplomacy is fascinating. What led you to choose that life and what did you learn from it? Actually, the first thing I wanted to do in life was to start a magazine for Black women....

ATCA goes to the movies at The Next Normal

https://vimeo.com/460246713 On the heels of its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival, the documentary “Horton Foote: The Road to Home” will be presented at the 2020 ATCA convention on Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The 75-minute film chronicles the career the Pulitzer Prize-winner...

Critic Ben Brantley caps 24-year career at New York Times

The American Theatre Critics Association congratulates New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley on his extraordinary 24-year run as chief theater critic of that newspaper, the longest tenure since Brooks Atkinson. Brantley, whose last day is October 15, has a singular and exhaustive knowledge of...

Digital conference planner reflects on agenda and process

Frank Rizzo Five ATCA members have been meeting on Zoom to plan the November 13-15 “The Next Normal” digital event since August.  Conference Committee co-chair Frank Rizzo answers some questions for Martha Wade Steketee (ex-officio member of the committee for this conference) about the process they’ve run so far...