Press Releases

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...

Lauren Yee wins 2019 Steinberg-ATCA Award for “Cambodian Rock Band”

“Cambodian Rock Band” had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, California. Previously, Yee won ATCA’s Francesca Primus Award in 2016 for her play “in a word.” Lauren Yee “Cambodian Rock Band” by Lauren Yee has been named the winner of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American...

ATCA Names 2019 Steinberg/ATCA Finalists

The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has selected six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, recognizing playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2018. The top award of $25,000 and two citations of...

ATCA picks Spenser Davis’ “Plainclothes” as 2019 Osborn New Play Award Winner

The American Theatre Critics Association is pleased to announce that Spenser Davis has won the 2019 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright. The Osborn Award recognizes Davis’ “Plainclothes,” which premiered at The Den Theatre in Chicago. The award will be presented at the...

ATCA Re-Elected to IATC Executive Committee

The American Theatre Critics Association, the United States national section of the International Association of Theatre Critics (AICT-IATC), was re-elected to the Executive Committee of IATC at the General Assembly during the association’s World Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia, on November 15. The congress was held in conjunction...

2018 Theater Hall of Fame

The annual induction of eight new members of the Theater Hall of Fame, for which the ATCA membership is the primary electorate, took place Nov 12. Shown is the ATCA page in the Hall of Fame program. For Chris Rawson’s lengthy Pittsburgh Post-Gazette account of...

2018 Executive Committee Election Results

Chris Jones, Wendy Rosenfield, and Martha Steketee have each been elected to a three-year term on the executive committee. They join six other elected members and will take office later this month at an organizational meeting to be held after this week’s conference in Spring Green. We extend sincere...

Martyna Majok wins 2017 Primus Prize

Martyna Majok has been awarded the 2017 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Cost of Living. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright. Majok has received the $10,000 award check and will...

ATCA names four finalists for the 2017 Francesca Primus Prize

April 10, 2018—The American Theatre Critics Association has announced the names of the four finalists for the 2017 Francesca Primus Prize. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize, which includes a cash award of $10,000, is given annually to...