Press Releases

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...

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...