Author: ATCA

Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and two Citations to be announced this Saturday at Humana Festival

On April 6 at Actors Theatre, during the 37th Humana Festival of New American Plays, the evening show in the Pamela Brown Auditorium will be preceded by the announcement of the 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that...

Tammy Ryan accepts Primus Prize

Friday night at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis, playwright Tammy Ryan accepted the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize and shared a few thoughts on the value of prizes and critics. Playwright Tammy Ryan “One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t control what other people think. You only control what...

ATCA gathers in Indianapolis

ATCA’s annual mini-conference brings several dozen of us to the mid-west this weekend, March 21-24, just in time for spring. Reports of the festivities and art will follow. ...

Keri Healey wins 2013 Osborn Award

Keri Healey has won its 2013 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award, give by ATCA each year to recognize the work of an emerging playwright who has not yet achieved national stature. The award specifically recognizes Healey’s play, Torso, which premiered in March 2012 at Printer’s Devil Theater...

Six finalists named for Steinberg/ATCA, nation’s largest new play award

ATCA has selected six finalists for the 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 2012.  The six are Johnna Adams, Ayad Akhtar, Lucas Hnath, Mia McCullough, Dan O’Neil and Robert Schenkkan (for the...

Lahr vs. McNulty

In the Winter 2013 Nieman Reports, in a collection of essays titled “Critical Condition,” John Lahr (former New Yorker drama critic) lambastes American theater critics in general and a couple of well-known ones in particular (but not by name). Under the heading “The Illumination Business,” he says, in part: “The reviewer...

Deadline March 15 for $10,000 Primus Prize for an emerging woman theater artist

Francesca Ronnie Primus The Francesca Primus Prize is an annual $10,000 award honoring outstanding contributions to the American theater by an emerging woman theater artist who has not yet achieved national prominence. The prize is made possible through the generosity of the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, which...

Just one month to go to ATCA in Indianapolis, March 21-24

More to the point, the deadline to get the ATCA rate at the brand new Alexander Hotel is just ahead, Feb. 19. The conference fee of $99 for members, $135 for guests, includes events, lunches, Saturday dinner, receptions, and panels. Special $150 fee for non-members who join,...

Practical criticism: “theater” or “theatre”?

Anthony Chase surveys the history (click here) of the great divide and, along with just about every other authority (AP style, for one), comes down firmly for the American form, “theater.” You don’t spell it “programme,” do you? Or “shoppe”? (NOTE: The ATCA site’s style is “theater”...

Theater Hall of Fame ceremony: what they had to say

Inductee Sir Trevor Nunn walked around, star struck, looking up at the walls encrusted with names in raised gold letters. Sam Waterston accepted induction by saying, “For me, from the start, the theater [as opposed to TV] has always been ‘it.’ … This honor is, as I take it, for sticking...