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Critic Spotlight: August 2021

Richard Oliver Dallas, TexasPrimary outlets: Theater Jones, Texas Classical Review, The Whole Review Richard Oliver How did you get started as an arts critic? When I went to college I knew I wanted to pursue music. But I loved writing, so I made a deal with myself: I would...

J. Nicole Brooks wins 2021 Steinberg-ATCA Award for “Her Honor, Jane Byrne”

J. Nicole Brooks NEW YORK – Playwright J. Nicole Brooks has won the 2021 Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award for their play “Her Honor, Jane Byrne.”The Steinberg/ATCA Award, which carries a $25,000 cash prize, recognizes an outstanding script that premiered professional outside...

Douglas Williams wins ATCA’s Osborn New Play Award for “Ship”

Douglas Williams NEW YORK – Douglas Williams has won the American Theatre Critics Association’s (ATCA) 2021 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for his play “SHIP.” Given by ATCA in memory of critic, director, educator and new play advocate M. Elizabeth “Betty” Osborn (1941-1993), the prize recognizes the work of a...

Critic Spotlight: July 2021

David John Chávez San Jose area criticPrimary outlets: BayAreaPlays.com; Mercury News, American Theatre Magazine David John Chávez How’d you get started in this wacky business?  Years ago, I had a job on a daily newspaper (the Fresno Bee, a McClatchy newspaper that covered the central San Joaquin Valley) on...

2021 Executive Committee results and leadership changes

New York -- Leadership ratification after the June 2021 electronic election occurred this week, with installation of new leadership on various committees. The 2021 Executive Committee electronic voting process opened on Monday June 7, 2021 and concluded on Friday June 11, 2021. As announced in...

Chris Jones | Leading Chicago critic now editorial page editor

Chris Jones (Chicago Tonight / WTTW) ATCA member Chris Jones, who has served on the Executive Committee and as ATCA's connection to the TONY Awards among many other roles, has added a new professional role to his resume. While noting that he will continue to write about...

2021 inductees announced for Theater Hall of Fame

June 14, 2021 -- The Theater Hall of Fame, for which ATCA members compose the majority of the electorate, announced today the 2021 class of inductees. The 2021 cohort includes playwright Lynn Nottage, actor-playwright Anna Deavere Smith, composer Alan Menkin, set designer Bob Crowley, actor...

Critic Spotlight: June 2021

Karen Topham Chicago areaPrimary outlet: ChicagoOnStage Karen Topham How many years were you a high school drama teacher? Overall 37 years. I taught drama in one way or another for most of those years. I always taught units on performance because it made for an interesting switch from just...

Soraya Nadia McDonald | From Fellow to Trustee at the O’Neill Theater Center

Soraya Nadia McDonald The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced that Colman Domingo, Riccardo Hernández, Soraya Nadia McDonald, Genia Kaplan Quinn, and Madeline Sayet have been newly elected to its sizable and active Board of Trustees. McDonald was a National Critics Institute Fellow, a reporter at The...

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins Elected President of the International Association of Theatre Critics

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins. Photo: Darrell Hoemann/News-Gazette. ATCA's own Jeffrey Eric Jenkins was named as President of the International Association of Theatre Critics at its 29th General Assembly on May 15, 2021 held over zoom and hosted by Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Jenkins is the...