Member Milestones

RUSSELL WARNE | Provo, UT

Dante Michael Warne was born on April 4 at 7:53 a.m. He weighted 6 pounds and 13.3 ounces and was 18.9 inches long. Everyone’s doing fine, though Russ notes “my oldest kid (my 3-year-old son) asked last week if we can return the baby to the...

ERICA MINER | Edmonds, WA

Erica has just published Death by Opera. The press synopsis teases: “In this sequel to Murder in the Pit, young violinist Julia and her cohort NYPD detective Larry Somers head to Santa Fe for the opera season. Against the breathtaking backdrop of the mystical Sangre de Cristo...

Glenn Meredith Loney (1928-2018)

Glenn Loney, a Renaissance man of arts journalism who interviewed hundreds of major artists of the 20th Century around the world and across genres, died April 16, at his home in New York City at age 89 after battling brain and lung cancer for a...

KAREN TOPHAM | Chicago, IL

Karen Topham is actively seeking theatre critics from around the country to become part of the expanded edition of her website ChicagoOnStage.com. Longtime ATCA member Beverly Friend is already filing reviews from Florida, and Karen’s desire is eventually to expand her “NationOnStage” section to cover different regions as enough...

ATCA confers Emeritus honor on Dan Sullivan, critic, mentor, friend

The ATCA Executive Committee voted this week to confer lifetime Emeritus Membership – one of its highest honors – on Dan Sullivan, the veteran critic, educator, mentor and co-founder of ATCA. Emeritus standing is awarded only to a small cadre of members and former members who have established...

ALAN SMASON | New Orleans

Alan has launched a new website at theatrecriticism.com with active participation from fellow member Aaron Krause. “We are soliciting reviews from those ATCA members or legitimate reviewers who would like to see their work archived on a website that showcases reviews from other critics. We are actively looking for...

A tribute to Joel Markowitz

The new editor-in-chief of DC Metro Theater Arts, the outlet founded by ATCA member Joel Markowitz, spoke movingly about Joel’s impact on the Washington theater community during a public radio show devoted to people the DC metro area lost in 2017. Markowitz died of ALS...

RICK PENDER | Cincinnati, OH

Rick Pender has signed a contract with the publisher Rowman & Littlefield to assemble The Stephen Sondheim Encyclopedia, a comprehensive reference volume about America’s foremost composer-lyricist. It will include biographical information, summaries of Sondheim’s many shows, details of original productions, profiles of collaborators, performers, and directors, and...

RUSSELL WARNE | Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Theatre Bloggers Association (UTBA) held its first fundraiser as a non-profit organization on November 28 (Giving Tuesday). UTBA is the “home” of two ATCA members, Russell Warne and Maren Scriven, and posts over 150 reviews per year. We invite ATCA members to support theatre criticism...

Ernie Schier inducted into Theater Hall of Fame

Ernie Schier (1918-99), ATCA co-founder, director of the National Critics Institute, “Schier of the Inquirer,” dramaturg and mentor, was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on Nov. 13, along with an induction class of actors Audra McDonald, Marin Mazzie and Matthew Broderick, playwrights Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit and producersOskar Eustis andDaryl Roth. Ernie’s induction...