Member Milestones

Kelundra Smith | A new role at the end of the rainbow

Kelundra Smith Kelundra Smith has contributed leadership and creativity to ATCA from the the moment she joined just a few years ago. American Theatre, one of her publishing outlets for several years (see her recent piece on funding for Black theaters here), has now tapped her...

Ed Tracy | Gorilla in the Room and Other Stories

Gorilla in the Room and Other Stories, the first book by ATCA member Ed Tracy, will be published on February 23, 2021. This collection of essays, letters, and other writings are re-imagined as an oncology ward on a Broadway stage, The publication will be available...

Nancy S. Bishop | ATCA member and Chicago girl

Nancy S. Bishop, a Chicago native, arts critic, and ATCA member, and editor-publisher of Third Coast Review, has published Chicago Girl: Essays on the Arts, Politics and Life. The book is part memoir with one section made up of seven essays about growing up in...

Sandy Katz | The life of the party

Sandy Katz Sandy Katz, the freelance theater critic, photographer and travel writer whose ebullient personality and unstinting friendliness made her a memorable part of every ATCA conference, died Jan. 7 after battling kidney and cardiac illnesses for years. Katz, 80, was currently working for www.berkshirefinearts.com and www.maturelifefeatures.com,...

William Wolf | COVID-19 hits home

William Wolf at Drama Desk Panel February 25, 2010 “‘Women at Work: Directing and Writing for the Theater.” Members of the Drama Desk Awards organization, celebrating New York theatrical productions since 1955, were informed March 31 of the passing of one of their leaders. William Wolf was a...

McDonald wins George Jean Nathan Award

Soraya Nadia McDonald 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 ATCA member Soraya Nadia McDonald the 2019-2020 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. The award is given by a prize committee including...

Herbert Simpson, 1934-2019

Herb Simpson (photo by Charles Giuliano) December 14 — On this day, family members scattered the ashes of critic Herb Simpson and his sister, Marian, in the waters of San Francisco Bay. The long-time ATCA member, longer-time critic and even longer-time theater and dance lover passed...

The talented, talkative critic: Herbert Simpson (1934-2019)

By Bill Hirschman Herb Simpson (photo by Alan Smason) Nov. 26, 2019 — For even those who, like me,  knew Herbert Simpson only in passing, likely what they remember was his voice — usually deep and sonorous, a bit scratchy, but brimming with passion. They remember his voice...

NEW ATCA MEMBERS | Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, New York

For the fourth week in a row, the UPDATE is able to welcome another new member to our ranks. Ramona Harperhas in excess of 100 reviews to her credit on Washington’s DCMetroTheaterArts website. She says she is “committed to the expansion of public awareness about the...

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...