Author: ATCA

NCI concludes first year under Chris Jones

The annual National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Conn., just finished its first year under Chris Jones (Chicago Tribune). Known for years as a “boot camp for critics,” NCI has broadened its subject to theater writing. Word is that Jones brought fresh energy...

Pat Feldhaus retires, still singing

After 22 happy years of ATCA membership, Pat Feldhaus, who reviewed for various Northern California dailies, has retired. “Thank you for all my good times,” she says, especially ATCA conferences (including London, 1995), at which she would write and perform a song about the event. She...

Jennifer Haley wins 2014 Francesca Primus Prize

RECENT PRIMUS PRIZE WINNERS Playwright Jennifer Haley has been awarded the 2014 Francesca Primus Prize for her play The Nether. Haley will receive the $10,000 award check immediately and be officially celebrated at an upcoming ATCA conference. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is...

Signature Theatre wins 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award

*Added June 9: Here’s a video of Signature’s Tony Award acceptance speech, nicely including ATCA.* The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced April 28 that the 2014 Regional Theatre Award will go to New York’s Signature Theatre, based on the recommendation of ATCA, which makes its choice through a confidential internal...

Chair’s ‘State of ATCA’ report

In its 40th year, ATCA is financially stable and looking to reach out to new critics. New officers elected, new programs planned, new thinking at Foundation ATCA. This fall, New York; next year, New Orleans; the year after, Moscow … uh, Philadelphia. Just over 80 ATCA members...

Winding down ATCA/Humana

With two new members, the new excom meets on the afternoon of April 5. In full view (right): Jonathan Abarbanel, Myrna Petlicki, Erin Keane. That night, a brief appearance is made by a sheetcake honoring ATCA’s 40th birthday (born in 1974): (at the left) from left, chair...

Gunderson’s “I and You” wins 2014 Steinberg/ATCA Award, citations to Demos-Brown and Zimmerman

Louisville, KY, April 5, 2014 — ATCA has named Lauren Gunderson’s I and You recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2013.  Gunderson’s delicate but droll play about teenagers exploring life and death received...

ATCA takes care of business

Louisville, KY — ATCA members today selected New Orleans as the site for the 2015 national conference, next spring, to be chaired by member Alan Smason. Treanor crowns Abarbanel Abarbanel embarasses Keane The executive committee re-elected Jonathan Abarbanel chair, along with Tim Treanor vice-chair; Barbara Bannon and Kerry...