Events

“Major frolicking”–Ben Franklin

Or something like that (Ben knew how to have a good time). He was doubtless thinking of ATCA’s 2016 annual conference, slated for Philadelphia, April 6-10, 2016. The host hotel is the Marriott Courtyard on Juniper Street, across from City Hall, at $149 a night. Five...

ATCA/New Orleans, March 25-29, 2015

Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? 75 ATCA members and guests do: Alan Smason sums up the conference and issues thanks. Thank you all for a wonderful time in the Big Easy. As Conference Chair for our first-ever New Orleans Conference, I can attest that...

ATCA freshens its excom, chooses San Francisco for 2017

NEW ORLEANS - Brad Hathaway (San Francisco Bay area), Martha Steketee (NYC) and Ed Rubin (NYC) were today elected to three-year terms on the ATCA executive committee, and Charles Giuliano to a one-year term. Rubin and Hathaway have been on the excom before; Seketee and Giuliano are newcomers. Welcome aboard! Giuliano, Hathaway, Steketee, Rubin Coincidentally,...

ATCA honors past leadership

Alan wears the conference hat with pride. Doubtless it won’t seem out of the ordinary in New Orleans NEW ORLEANS - Barry Gaines completed two terms on the executive committee (he continues as ATCA administrator) and was honored with a bust of the supposed author of the plays by the...

Hedy Weiss delivers Perspectives in Criticism talk

Hedy Weiss, live and feisty NEW ORLEANS - Often-controversial Chicago Sun-Times critic Hedy Weiss delivered this year’s Perspectives in Criticism lecture, the latest noted speaker in a series going back to 1992 (see the distinguished roster). Lo and behold, she turned out to be a 24x7 workaholic, passionate...

Artistic directors talk post-Katrina

NEW ORLEANS - That’s the great divison in New Orleans —post Andrew Jackson, post Civil War, but especially post-Katrina. There’s only one full Equity theater in town, but there’s a active semi-pro (which we’d call it where many of us come from) theater scene, or call it...

Haley receives 2014 Primus Prize

Barbara Bannon (left, chair of the Primus committee) presents the 2014 Primus plaque to Jennifer Haley NEW ORLEANS — Amid gracious thanks and her incisive, humorous remarks about the playwriting process and some of her own specific experiences, especially on the development of The Nether, Jennifer Haley received the...

New Orleans conference opens with food, music, Hirschfield exhibit and even theater

Tennessee himself was on hand to welcome us all The 2015 ATCA conference opened yesterday with food, music, a Hirschfield exhibit, the swirl of the French Quarter and, oh yes, even some warm-hearted theater (all after a day of travel for most of us), and your...

ATCA names six finalists for nation’s largest new play award

ATCA has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2014. The top award of $25,000 and two citations of $7,500, plus commemorative plaques,...