Member Milestones

2022 Drama Desk nominations chaired by ATCA member honor the rich return of New York theater

May 16 — Nominations for the 66th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced today, and the full list of nominees and announced special awards are available here. In keeping with the Drama Desk's mission, the nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off Broadway...

James Ijames play “Fat Ham” wins 2022 Pulitzer for Drama

James Ijames May 12 -- Announced May 9: "Fat Ham" by James Ijames, running May 12-June 12, 2022 at New York's Public Theater after an earlier digital run at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, wins the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize website...

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."...

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...

Phillips wins George Jean Nathan Award

Maya Phillips Cornell University’s Department of English, which administers the award for excellence in dramatic criticism endowed by Cornell alumnus, the late George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), awarded  Maya Phillips, New York Times critic at large and ATCA member, the 2020-21 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism....

Lindsay Christians | Conferences, events, and food

Lindsay Christians. Image by Ruthie Hauge. Journalist Lindsay Christians, whose professional home base is Madison, Wisconsin’s The Capital Times, has been a member of ATCA for almost 15 years. During that time, she has been deeply involved in playwright awards and conference planning committees. In recent...

Jim O’Quinn | Former American Theatre magazine editor dies in New Orleans

Jim O'Quinn. Photo by Alan Smason. Jim O’Quinn, the founding editor-in-chief of American Theatre, passed away on the night of October 11, 2021 from complications due to chronic heart disease. The longtime member of the American Theatre Critics Association was 74. O’Quinn first began his long tenure...

Jim O’Quinn | Recalled by colleagues after his passing at age 74

Jim O'Quinn, founding editor of American Theatre Magazine, passed away on October 11, 2021 at the age of 74. While we finalize a formal statement of remembrance, several pieces worth noting have been published in American Theatre in the past week. October 12, 2021. Jim O’Quinn,...

Robert Faires | An accidental critic hangs up his pen

ATCA member Robert Faires reports that he has departed from his long-term writing home at The Austin Chronicle. Robert Faires "I've finally taken my leave from the one and only paper I've ever worked for, the altweekly The Austin Chronicle. I was a freelancer covering theater for...

Charles Giuliano | Museum of Fine Arts receives his gonzo treatment

Past ATCA Executive Committee member Charles Guiliano reports that his new overview of the world-class Museum of Fine Arts Boston is now available. His newest publication offers an oral history of an essential Boston arts institution draw from interviews over the decades with museum directors, curators,...