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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...

ATCA travels to Costa Mesa in April

Conference chairs Lou Harry and David John Chávez invite members to the ATCA annual meeting to Costa Mesa, California for South Coast Rep’s Pacific Playwrights Festival from April 23-26, 2020. Conference registration is open! You know it’s an official conference when a hashtag has been assigned: #atca-ppf20 For other details (now moot because of the pandemic): The...

2019 inductions for Theater Hall of Fame

Hall inductee Andre De Shields and Hall member Lynn Ahrens Bebe Neuwirth described Ann Reinking as having “oozed, slithered, exploded, wiggled and vaulted like a wondrous creature from our dreams.” “What did I do” to earn induction, asked Michael Feingold: “I just kept writing for a half-century.” And “how can you...

2019 Theater Hall of Fame to induct DeShields, Feingold, Katz, Mann, McKechnie, Meehan, Price, Reinking

Sept. 10, 2019 – The Theater Hall of Fame announced today that the 2019 inductees will be actor Andre De Shields, critic Michael Feingold, lighting designer Natasha Katz, artistic director-playwright Emily Mann, actor Donna McKechnie, playwright Thomas Meehan (deceased), producer-artistic director Michael Price and actor-choreographer Ann Reinking. They will be inducted on Nov. 18 in the...

2018 Primus Prize goes to Leah Nanako Winkler

Leah Nanako Winkler has won the 2018 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Two Mile Hollow. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the  Leah Nanako WinklerFoundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright in recognition of a play presented the previous year. Playwrights nominate themselves. To...

ATCA elects new leadership

Martha Wade Steketee The ATCA executive committee just selected Martha Wade Steketee as its new chair, succeeding Bill Hirschman (chair for four years), and Frank Rizzo as vice chair, succeeding Steketee.  Robert Sokol was re-appointed secretary-treasurer. David Chávez, Mark Lowry and Kelundra Smith are the new executive committee members, joining other continuing members Charles Giuliano, Lou Harry, Chris Jones, and Wendy Rosenfield. Coming to...