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ATCA2021: From Where We Sit | ATCA’s second annual virtual meeting

In November 2020, the first year of the still rampant pandemic, ATCA assembled and delivered its first (and wildly successful) virtual conference entitled The Next Normal. This year, through our new website and new payment routines, we will again deliver our annual conference virtually via...

Critic Spotlight: October 2021

Thomas Gentile New YorkPrimary Outlet: El Conocedor Thomas Gentile Thomás Gentile is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama Desk. Winner of an ECAS Award for educating Hispanics in the arts. El Conocedor provides reviews in Spanish of Broadway, Off Broadway, and...

David John Chávez | ATCA chair in GMA article on Broadway reopening

Block party after first performance of "Pass Over" August 4, 2021. Photo: Jeenah Moon/The New York Times via Redux Journalist Kiara Alfonseca spoke with advocates, artists of color, journalists, and others on the re-opening of Broadway and theater's engagement many dimensions of diversity. Her piece "As...

Critic Spotlight: September 2021

Lauren Van Hemert For this edition of Critic Spotlight, Lauren Van Hemert speaks uninterrupted by interviewer questions. Van Hemert, based in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, has written for Broadway World and now her own website Beltline to Broadway (formerly RDU Onstage). Here is Lauren, in her own...

Foundation re-elects Handelman president and raises Osborn award

New York — At its annual meeting held on Zoom on August 18, 2021, the Foundation of the American Theatre Critics re-elected Jay Handelman as president for a ninth term. Handelman previously served four three-year terms as an ATCA board member and four years as...

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...

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...

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...

Critic Spotlight: May 2021

Diep Tran New York criticOutlets: American Theatre; Broadway.com Diep Tran What made you decide you wanted to become a critic in the first place? I've kind of fallen into this career. When I was young, I wanted to be a dentist. I have no idea why; I really liked...

Critic Spotlight: April 2021

Kelundra Smith Atlanta criticOutlets: American Theatre, Atlanta magazine, ArtsATL Kelundra Smith You've been incredibly active in your career, and hustle like nobody's business. Where do you get your drive and motivation?  I think there's a competitive part of me that wants meritocracy to be real. I like proving that...