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Stephanie Alison Walker wins 2019 Francesca Primus Prize

Stephanie Alison Walker FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Sept. 1, 2020 — ATCA has named Stephanie Alison Walker recipient of the 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, which recognizes an emerging woman playwright. Administered by ATCA since 2002, the prize is named in honor of Francesca Primus, a playwright, dramaturg, theater critic, and ATCA...

ATCA names three finalists for 2019 Francesca Primus Prize: Jennifer Barclay, Ifa Bayeza, and Stephanie Alison Walker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 8, 2020 Jennifer Barclay The American Theatre Critics Association has selected three finalists for the 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, which recognizes an emerging woman playwright. The prize, administered through ATCA, is named in honor of Francesca Primus, a playwright, dramaturg, theater critic, and ATCA member who...

2020 Executive Committee Election Results

Clockwise from top left: Edward Medina, Elizabeth Kramer, Cameron Kelsall, Amanda Finn. After an electronic voting process that opened on Monday June 8, 2020 and concluded on Friday June 19, 2020, ATCA selected four new members for the Executive Committee. Amanda Finn, Elizabeth Kramer, and Edward Medina were elected to...

E.M. Lewis wins 2020 Steinberg-ATCA Award for “How the Light Gets In”

NEW YORK – Playwright E.M. Lewis and her play “How the Light Gets In” have received the 2020 Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. E.M. Lewis The Steinberg/ATCA Award, which comes with a $25,000 prize, recognizes playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New...

Dan McCabe wins 2020 Osborn Award

Dan McCabe The recipient of the 2020 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award is Dan McCabe for “The Purists,” produced by Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. The award recognizes the work of an emerging playwright who has not yet received a major production, such as off-Broadway or Broadway, nor received other major national...

ATCA names finalists for 2020 Steinberg-ATCA Award

NEW YORK — The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the $40,000 Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association 2020 New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City in 2019. The finalists...

A message to our members and our theater communities

ATCA is concerned for the health, safety and livelihood of our members and artists and audiences across the country. With this in mind, we support actions taken by theaters nationally to close productions to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic. ATCA is committed to advocating for theater as...

ATCA-PPF20 Costa Mesa meeting postponed

World and national health concerns due to the spread of COVID-19 have led ATCA leadership and conference chairs to postpone the upcoming April conference in Costa Mesa, California and the surrounding area. ATCA chair Martha Wade Steketee wrote to registered attendees today. ATCA is committed to providing...

ATCA-PPF20 visit with Chance Theater now includes a show

On Thursday April 23, attendees of ATCA-PPF20 programming associated with the Pacific Playwrights Festival in Costa Mesa will get to know Anaheim’s Chance Theater from several different perspectives. As already reported, members will meet Chance Theater’s Founding Artistic Director Oanh Nguyen in the first afternoon conference session “Putting it...

Session on season building added to ATCA-PPF20

In our upcoming ATCA conference in Costa Mesa April 23-26, 2020 we won’t just be considering what gets staged, but also how and why. To that end, we’ve arranged two panels that explore the processes that lead to what you see on stage. For these...