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Michael Earl Feingold | May 5, 1945-Nov. 21, 2022

Michael Feingold (left) and Alvin Epstein during Epstein's tenure (1976-1979) as Guthrie Theater artistic director, with Feingold as his literary director. Photo: Jonathan Abarbanel personal collection. Eminent, admired, and influential theater critic Michael Feingold died Nov. 21 in New York after nearly a decade of declining...

Actors, playwrights, director, and sound designer celebrated in 2022 Theater Hall of Fame ceremony

[Text based on November 17, 2022 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by ATCA member Chris Rawson, with some style sheet and other small edits. Additional coverage by Rawson can be found here.] ATCA members at 2022 Theater Hall of Fame induction November 14, 2022. L-R: Chris Rawson, Martha...

ATCANY2022 | Chair issues greeting while final preparations continue

Chair David John Chávez has crafted a notice to ATCA members about the upcoming conference. While the hard-working conference committee puts finishing touches on plans and navigates last minute changes (aren't there always last minute changes?) Chávez reminds the membership of the milestone of this...

ATCANY2022 | New York annual meeting sites and programs being finalized

After many months of planning, ATCA will gather in New York City Friday November 11 -- Sunday November 13, with a full weekend of programming and events that include access to Broadway and Off Broadway shows. The dedicated eight-member conference committee is working with producers and...

ATCANY2022 | ATCA “Reseated and In Person” to be historic New York annual meeting

ATCANY2022 Reseated and In Person ATCA will hold its annual meeting Reseated and In Person in New York City November 11-13, 2022. This will be the first time that ATCA members have convened in the same physical space since Fall 2019, and will be the first...

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."...

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...

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...

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...