Member Milestones

Theater critic longevity (insert your own witticism here)

Who is the longest-serving theater critic? Queried in March by Ada Tseng of the LA Times, we replied that ATCA doesn’t keep statistics, but we cited Michael Billington, who’s been reviewing for The Guardian in England for 48 years and reviewed for smaller papers for 10 years before that...

SHARON EBERSON | Pittsburgh

Sharon Eberson, the theater critic and pop culture writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has received second place recognition for a series of theater-related stories in the Pennsylvania News Association’s 2019 Keystone Press Awards in the new category, Diversity. She points out that both she and...

CRITICS’ LONGEVITY

Not an individual milestone, this is about milestones for many. Reporter Ada Tseng of the Orange County bureau of the LA Times was writing a story about Tom Titus, who has been writing an “On Theater” column for 54 years. She asked if ATCA had statistics...

STUART BROWN | West Hartford, CT

ATCA member Stuart Brown has just launched  a 24/7 online Broadway music radio station – “Sounds of Broadway” (www.SoundsofBroadway.com) — which offers a wide-ranging listing of music from the Off-Broadway, Broadway, and London stages. Thousands of songs from hundreds of cast recordings are in rotation,...

ROBERT FAIRES | Austin, TX

This year’s slate of inductees in the Texas Institute of Letters includes poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, songwriters, playwrights, screenwriters, scholars and, in an unusual addition, a theater critic: ATCA’s own Robert Faires. The Institute is an honor society that has celebrated Texas literature and recognized...

BILL HIRSCHMAN | Plantation, FL

(Jan 14, 2019 UPDATE) ATCA Chair Bill Hirschman’s mother “Lofi” passed away on Friday after a horrendous battle with cancer. Bill penned a loving obituary which can be read here.  ...

NEW MEMBERS | John Orr and Lauren Van Hemert

(Oct 12, 2018 UPDATE) ATCA is pleased to welcome the following new members to the association: JOHN ORR | Sunnyvale, CA“I’ve been writing about theater for 40 years, starting in college, continuing through writing about major shows in Los Angeles (Zero Mostel as Tevye, Anthony Hopkins as Prospero)...

PAM HARBAUGH | Indialantic, FL

(Sept 5, 2018 UPDATE) John Harbaugh, the husband of ATCA member Pam Harbaugh and a frequent attendee of our conferences, died last weekend after a lengthy fight with cancer. He was an educator and musician who was equally articulate about theater, travel, and a dozen other areas...

SANDY KATZ | New York, NY

(Aug 28, 2018 UPDATE) Sandy recently underwent some necessary surgery. Her husband Jerry reports she’s recovering well and should be “Travelin’ Sandy” again soon. ...

ALAN SMASON | New Orleans, LA

(Aug 28, 2018 UPDATE) Alan was selected as the first place recipient of the Breaking News category at the 60th Annual Press Club of New Orleans Excellence in Journalism Awards Gala. His story on the New Orleans Jewish community’s response to Hurricane Harvey (“New Orleans Community...