BEID Resource Hub

Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Resource Hub

In the American Theatre Critics Association, we understand everyone has a different cultural identity which determines how they view the world. This cultural identity does not go away when a professional critic enters the theater, which is why we are dedicated to the continuing education of our members. We embrace all abilities, ethnicities, gender identities, races, religions and sexualities. People are people first, we just prefer them onstage.

Diverse Critics List

The Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee maintains a list of member and non-member theater critics who identify as a woman, non-white/person of color and/or non-binary. If you are a professional critic who identifies as a woman, non-white/person of color and/or non-binary, and would like to be included on the list, complete this form.


About the Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee

The mission of the Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee is to make ATCA an organization that welcomes critics from a wide range of life experiences and perspectives. We invest in training members in equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to critically serve underrepresented communities with culturally competent reviews of their work. This is a long-term effort.


The Committee was originally formed as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in March 2018 by co-chairs Kelundra Smith and Martha Wade Steketee at the Intersections Summit hosted at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In July 2020, the committee changed its name to the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee under co-chairs David John Chávez and Kelundra Smith. And in September 2021 the name was expanded again under new chair Karen Topham to the Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee.


We are comprised of critics and numerous supporters and advisors across the country who share a passion for documenting the important work of our day.

Get in touch with us!

If you have any suggestions, questions or ideas for our committee, email [email protected]. To pitch stories or book an individual critic to serve as a panelist or keynote, please contact the critic directly.