Member Milestones

New members

Bob Schneider, Russell Warne, Mark Dewey, Erin Keane, Steven McKnight. Thursday, July 18, Shepherdstown, WV — New ATCA members at the annual conference at CATF include (left to right), Bob Schneider, New Haven, CT; Russell Warne, Salt Lake City; Mark Dewey, Bluemont, VA; Erin Keane, Louisville; and Steven McKnight, Falls Church, VA. Missing:...

Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas critic

Las Vegas Review-Journal critic Anthony Del Valle, 60, passed away May 21. He co-chaired ATCA’s very successful 2007 Las Vegas conference. “He seemed to be friends with everyone.” Obituaries: Review-Journal; CityLife. ...

Gerald Weales on Indianapolis

Gerald Weales, a self-confessed 87 (and not incidentally winner of the 1964 George Jean Nathan Award) writes from Philadelphia to reminisce:   Thanks for sending the news of ATCA.  Even though I am a superannuated critic—still writing but not regularly—I like to hear what is going on...

Philadelphia Inquirer sheds theater critic Howie Shapiro

Howie Shapiro The Philadelphia Inquirer, the leading paper in the country’s fifth largest city, which has helped nurture a vibrant theater scene (some 50 professional companies) and maintained a long heritage of regular Broadway coverage, has decided to do without a full-time theater writer/critic. On Oct....

Bill Gale, back at the mic

Gale continues to recover from a two-week hospital stay which included a quadruple heart bypass operation and another to insert a pacemaker. For his take on it all (he calls it “Heartless”) … Bill writes (Aug. 22): Well, I can’t tell you it was a day at the...

Jim Kilker, a friend to ATCA

James Anthony Kilker, husband of long-time ATCA member Marie Kilker, died Aug. 16, age 86, in Bradenton, FL. Jim was known to ATCA from the many conferences he attended and as co-host with Marie of ATCA members and guests at a tour of Paris for...

Happy 99th, Clara! . . . plus a pitch for ‘Under the Copper Beech’

Tennessee critic and ATCA co-founder Clara Hieronymus  just turned 99, occasioning a burst of congratulations from near and far. Tucked among them was a pitch for Under the Copper Beech: Conversa- tions with American Theater Critics (ed. Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, 2004), in which she and other pioneer regional...

Foundation ATCA president and ‘ Best Plays’ editor Jenkins takes on chair at U. of Illinois

Jeffrey Eric Jenkins Jeffrey Eric Jenkins, editor of Best Plays, former ATCA chair, president of Foundation ATCA and chair of our international committee, is the new Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jeffrey writes his friends in ATCA and elsewhere: After fourteen years in...

Longtime critic and ATCA member Joe Pollack dies

Joe Pollack, ATCA Member for Over 30 Years It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of longtime St. Louis critic and ATCA member Joe Pollack on March 9. According to an obituary on stltoday.com, he suffered either a heart attack or stroke. He was 81. Joe...

[expletive] Good Plays On Broadway and Off

NEW YORK (September 19, 2011) — Continuing a tradition that dates back to 1920, the Best Plays of 2010-2011 were announced today by editor Jeffrey Eric Jenkins. For its 92nd edition, the annual chronicle of United States theater honors 10 new works staged in New York...