Author: ATCA

A critical flap du jour: “Big River,” NYT, critic, producer, editors . . .

As a sort of pendant to the vacancy in the Times’ critic crew (scroll down three items) — because otherwise, Isherwood would presumably have reviewed the Encores! “Big River,” Feb. 8-12 — artistic director Jack Viertel wrote a crushingly condescending response to the review by Laura Collins-Hughes. Most...

Report from Belgrade: Marie Kilker on ATCA abroad

Also: “Immigration problems” for Thalia Prize Winner (see below) Michael Howley, Noura Erica Jenkins (the child), Ivan Medenica, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins and Marie J. Kilker at the 2016 World Congress in Belgrade. Photo: Katayoun H. Salmasi Last fall’s 2016 AICT-IATC world congress was held in conjunction with...

Excom busy with plans . . .

At its January meeting, the ATCA Excom handled reports on the Primus and Steinberg prize deliberations, regional conferences and workshops, establishment of a team dealing with ATCA’s digital presence and a plan for a major membership drive. The minutes are available in the Members Only...

2017.02.14 – Minutes of February ATCA Ex-Com Conference Call

ATCA Executive Committee Conference Call | February 13, 2017 DOWNLOAD Bill Hirschman called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m. EST.  All of the Ex-Com members were present: Susan Cohn, Charles Giuliano, Lou Harry, Brad Hathaway, Bill Hirschman, Kerry Reid, Wendy Rosenfield, Ed Rubin, and Martha Steketee. Barbara...

Isherwood leaves NY Times; paper affirms ideals of theater criticism

SOME FOLLOWUP STORIES Update, March 1: High profile playwrights (Marsha Norman, David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, Doug Wright, etc., etc.) are among 800 signers of a petition to the N.Y. Times to fill the second string theater critic slot with a woman or transgender person of color,...

ATCA bares all

To make ATCA activities more open for members, the minutes of all 2016 Executive Committee meetings — in person and by conference call — have been posted to the Members Only section of the website. Members need to sign in using their email address and password....

ATCA names seven finalists for 2016 Francesca Primus Prize

January 22, 2017 — The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has announced the names of the seven finalists for the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize, which includes an award of $10,000, is given...

Statistics and perspectives on the decline in newspaper coverage of the arts

The Columbia Journalism Review has published a thought provoking piece by Boston’s Jeb Gottlieb, former music and theater writer for the Boston Herald. In a section he titled “the end of the age of the critic” Gottlieb provides statistics on the decline of full time...

2017.01.05 | ATCA Executive Committee Conference Call

ATCA Executive Committee Conference Call | January 5, 2017 DOWNLOAD Bill Hirschman called the meeting to order at 1:10 p.m. EST.  The following Ex-Com members were present: Susan Cohn, Charles Giuliano, Lou Harry, Brad Hathaway, Bill Hirschman, Ed Rubin, and Martha Steketee. Barbara Bannon, ATCA secretary; Teddie...

IATC Young Critics Seminar in Poland in October, 2016

ATCA’s Russell Warne (managing editor, Utah Theatre Bloggers Assn.) files a very interesting report on the YCS he recently attended in Poland, commenting especially on the similarities and differences between the concerns and issues addressed there and in the U.S. (To read, cick link here or below.) Such seminars are sponsored...