Author: ATCA

Are theater critics becoming extinct?

The proverbial Dodo Obviously, no, not yet. In fact, we’re proliferating on the web. (Many thoughts, here, from an international view.) But here’s a recent, articulate lament. And for many more views, scroll down, look to the right column, etc. Critics spend as much time debating what...

Gunderson to deliver Perspectives in Criticism talk

Playwright Lauren Gunderson will deliver the 33rd Perspectives in Criticism talk at ATCA’s annual conference at the Humana Festival in Louisville, April 3. This is a departure for the series, inaugurated in 1992, which has never featured a playwright except on a panel in 2011. The prolific Gunderson’s “I and You”...

ATCA honors playwright Topher Payne with 2014 Osborn Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 14, 2014  The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announces that Topher Payne has won its 2014 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright. The award will be presented April 5 at the Humana Theater Festival at Actor’s Theatre of...

The 2014 Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, March 14, 2014  ATCA honors playwright Topher Payne with 2014 Osborn Award The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) announces that Topher Payne has won its 2014 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright. The award will be presented April 5 at the...

Jay Stanley, 1929-2014

Longtime American Theatre Critics Association member Jay Stanley, who loved theatre and ran his own Marquee Awards for 35 years - at first in Los Angeles and, later, New Orleans - died peacefully in his sleep on March 8, 2014. He was 84. Stanley, who in...

Theater criticism on the web

“Alternative criticism”: blog, tweet, amateur and pro, dedicated web sites, critical avant-garde, the audience role – some of the subjects in the February issue of Critical Stages, the online web journal of the International Association of Theatre Critics, along with book reviews and more. Critics world-wide...

Six finalists announced for $40,000 Steinberg-ATCA Award for 2014

ATCA has selected six finalists for the 2014 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2013. No play is eligible if it has gone on to a New...

Scott Brown wins George Jean Nathan Award

Scott Brown, Nathan Award The recipient of the 2012-23 prize, the most prestigious in our field (except for the Pulitzer, which only occasionally might go to a theater critic), is Scott Brown, theater critic for New York Magazine from 2010-2013. He has been a columnist at Wired magazine...

Randy Gener as of Feb. 10, 2014

Contributions still welcome Veteran ATCA member Randy Gener continues to improve as he recovers from severe head injuries suffered in a street attack Jan. 17 near his Manhattan home. He successfully has completed his second surgery, in which a synthetic plate was placed where a portion...

Chris Jones to head NCI

Chris Jones, new NCI head The O’Neill Theater Center’s search for a new director of the National Critics Institute has selected Chris Jones. For 15 years theater critic for the Chicago Tribune (and before that, Variety), Chris chairs ATCA’s committee on the regional theater Tony. He succeeds Dan...