Author: ATCA

Jonathan Abarbanel | Retired and writing

Jonathan Abarbanel In June 2021 former ATCA ExCom chair Jonathan Abarbanel officially retired from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre & Music, after 14 years as an adjunct professor. He says his State of Illinois pension should "just about cover a daily Starbucks."...

ATCA Connects programming on March 15, 2022 explores theater newsletters

Over the past few decades, theater criticism has moved from newspapers and magazines to blogs, social media, video and more. This month's topic for the splendid series of on-line programming developed by ATCA committees over the past year is newsletters. Lindsay Christians by Maureen Janson...

Critic Spotlight: March 2022

Terrance Afer-AndersonNorfolk, VirginiaPrimary Outlet: The New Journal and Guide Terrance Afer-Anderson Basics first: where do you work (do reviews) and how long have you been there? I have written theater criticism and feature stories, off and on, for The New Journal and Guide, the third oldest African American...

Finalists Named for 2022 Steinberg-ATCA New Play Award

NEW YORK -- The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected five finalists for the 2022 Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, recognizing playwrights of the best scripts that premiered professionally outside of New York City in 2021. “Despite all the difficulties theaters faced during...

AICT-IATC and sections express support for Ukraine

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, President of the International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC) and ATCA member and leader of several decades, continues to share communications from AICT-IATC and member sections on the evolving situation in Ukraine. Theater around the world brings worlds together, sometimes in horror,...

Pam Harbaugh | Theater critic and “Casserole” playwright

Pam Harbaugh Pam Harbaugh, long-term ATCA member, critic, and arts writer at Florida Today, and administrator of Space Coast’s Junior Theatre Workshop program, now devotes much of her time to playwriting and directing. Her play Casserole was one of six winners in the 2020 national competition...

Critic Spotlight: February 2022

Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel (she/they)ChicagoPrimary Outlet: Chicago Reader Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel First, where do your reviews appear, and how long have you been there? I work as the Chicago Reader’s Audience Engagement Manager and previously freelanced with them as a theater critic beginning in 2019. What is your background in...

Phillips wins George Jean Nathan Award

Maya Phillips Cornell University’s Department of English, which administers the award for excellence in dramatic criticism endowed by Cornell alumnus, the late George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), awarded  Maya Phillips, New York Times critic at large and ATCA member, the 2020-21 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism....

Richard Christiansen | Critic first gentleman of America’s second city

Richard Christiansen, critic and champion of the Chicago theater that Michael Billington called "alive, energetic, endlessly stimulating" and Linda Winer called simply "boisterous and thrilling" has passed away at age 90. The news was reported on January 28, 2022 by his Chicago Tribune colleague...

ATCA Connects programs continue January 18, 2022 with a BEID regional theater case study

COVID afforded theaters an opportunity to pause and re-evaluate their policies, procedures and productions. For Raleigh Little Theatre, that meant re-examining their annual production of CINDERELLA. What happened next is a testament to what happens when you engage the community in conversation, listen, and commit to...