Member Milestones

Claudia Harris | past ATCA International committee chair, dies at 85

Claudia Woolston Harris For many years, Claudia Harris was a power broker in ATCA. Without her support, I might never have been elected to the Executive Committee in 1990 just a couple of years after joining the organization. Past leaders Nancy Melich and Elizabeth Maupin were...

Kelundra Smith named managing editor of American Theatre magazine

Kelundra Smith (photo by Allen Cooley) Kelundra Smith, ATCA member and leader in several recent initiatives, including co-founding the currently named Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity committee and spearheading the creation of The Edward Medina Prize for Excellence in Cultural Criticism has been named managing editor...

Welton Jones | Emeritus member and past ATCA chair, dies at 86

Welton Jones Welton Jones, long time ATCA member, has died at 86. Jones wrote about arts and entertainment for The San Diego Union and, later, the Union-Tribune from 1966 to 2001. He was an emeritus member of the ATCA after serving nine years on its board of...

Mary Powell Johnson | Sept. 23, 1927 — Nov. 4, 2022

Mary Powell Johnson Long-time ATCA member with Alumni member status in recent years, Mary Powell (Manke) Johnson passed away at age 95 on Friday November 4, 2022 at Heartlands Assisted Living of Severna Park. Mary was born on September 23, 1927, in Baltimore Maryland and was...

Marion Garmel | Arts reporter, critic, Indianapolis-based mentor

Marion Garmel We are sad to note the passing of longtime ATCA member Marion Garmel, a retired critic who spent more than 50 years as an arts reporter and critic for The National Observer, Indianapolis News, and the Indianapolis Star. Her family reported on Facebook that Marion...

Jack Lyons | California theater and film critic

Jack Lyons, far left, posing with new ATCA members attending the June 2012 ATCA conference in Chicago Jack Lyons, a veteran freelance theater and film critic for several decades in Southern California, died last week after a prolonged battle with prostate cancer. He was an active...

Dan Sullivan | ATCA emeritus and founding member, mentor, teacher

Dan Sullivan at The Times (photo courtesy of Ben Sullivan) Dan Sullivan, gentle mentor, director of the O'Neill Center National Critics Institute for many years, and co-founder of the American Theatre Critics Association, passed away Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Minneapolis. He was...

Sylvie Drake named newest ATCA Emeritus member

Sylvie Drake The ATCA Executive Committee unanimously voted earlier this month to add veteran critic, mentor, writer, and scholar Sylvie Drake to the ATCA roster of Emeritus members honored for career distinction and service to ATCA. The most recent prior addition to the Emeritus roster of...

Kelundra Smith wins Atlanta Press Club 2022 Award of Excellence

ATCA member Kelundra Smith, co-founder of the Belonging, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Committee, has been recognized by her home town press club for editorial work. As she announced on social media in late July, she won her first Atlanta Press Club Award for "New Flavor...

Mark Cofta | In memoriam (1960-2022)

Mark Cofta We report with sadness the death of longtime theater critic and former ATCA member Mark Cofta on July 8, 2022. Mark covered live performance in the greater Philadelphia area for nearly 30 years, prior to his retirement in 2019. He served as Philadelphia City...