Member Milestones

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...

Legendary Nashville critic Clara Hieronymus approaching 98th birthday

A simple question about ATCA’s longtime secretary and distinguished Nashville critic Clara Hieronymus has generated an outpouring of affectionate tributes as she approaches her 98th birthday, July 25. It also reinforces the impact of social media and how we can embrace it. During an ATCA excom meeting, Jay Handelman contacted Evans Donnell via...

Caldwell Titcomb, original ATCA member, erudite and courtly, dies age 84

Caldwell Titcomb, a familiar presence at many ATCA meetings for decades who had a long career at Brandeis and elsewhere in the Boston area as a critic, composer and professor of criticism and music, died June 13 of complications from leukemia and pneumonia. He was 84. One of...

Norman Nadel, an ATCA founder

Norman Nadel teaching criticism Norman Nadel, ready to travel, 1961 (images from “Under the Copper Beech”) Norman Nadel died Oct. 25, age 95. He had been critic in turn for the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen, the New York World-Telegram and Sun and the New York World Journal Tribune, chaired...

Much respected critic retires

Gerald Weales: formally retired but still writing Oct. 15 — Gerald Weales, winner of the 1965 George Jean Nathan Award (the highest national award reserved for theater criticism) and an ATCA emeritus member, says, “After more than a half century of reviewing, I formally retired. My farewell...

Milestones | Christiansen and Maupin

Cheers for Richard Christiansen. On March 1, Chicago’s Tony-winning Victory Gardens Theater named its new 109-seat studio theater after the retired chief critic for the Chicago Tribune, a key figure in the growth and recognition of Off-Loop Chicago professional theater and a longtime ATCA member. Read more...