Helbing program year 2 announced and applications open

Helbing program year 2 announced and applications open

NEW YORK – The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) has announced year two of its groundbreaking Helbing Mentorship Program, planned to run from January 1-December 31, 2024.

The year-long mentorship supports the work of a theater writer who identifies as LGBTQIA+. The Helbing Fellow receives a $5,000 grant and will work with ATCA members on a major project, which will be published at the end of the program. The ATCA Helbing Fellow will create a specific project, overseen by ATCA member mentors, published on the ATCA website, and other outlets as well. The Helbing Project may be print, video, audio, or any combination of formats. 

In its inaugural year, Helbing Fellow Billy McEntee created a comprehensive history of the work of Terry Helbing, including extensive interviews with those who worked with Helbing, preserving a vital part of LGBTQIA+ history in the mid-20th century. (Extract slated for publication September 2023.)

Applications will be accepted via a Google form, which includes all required information. The 2023-2024 application period runs from September 1, 2023 through December 1, 2023 at midnight EST.

About the Program

The Helbing Mentorship Program was established in 2021 with funding from  ATCA members and others who seek to honor the memory of ATCA member and LGBTQIA+ pioneer Terry Helbing (1951-1994), a theater critic, editor, and co-founder of the Meridian Gay Theatre Production Company. 

The program was created primarily to encourage new talent, promote diversity among theater writers, and work to make arts journalism a more progressive and inclusive profession.


Christopher Byrne, Chair
Jay Handelman, ex-officio, President Foundation ATCA
Billy McEntee, 2022-2023 Helbing Fellow
Gerard Raymond
Frank Rizzo
Martha Wade Steketee

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