(June 22, 2018 UPDATE) 

Jackie Demaline, an occasional member of ATCA during her long career as a theater critic and arts reporter, died at the age of 68 in Cincinnati after a four-year battle with cancer. She began her career as an entertainment writer, editor, and critic for the Sun Newspapers outside Cleveland, where she was born. She later worked at the Savannah News-Press and Albany Times-Union before joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1994 as a theater critic and arts reporter. After a layoff in 2013, she continued to cover the arts for alternative publications in the Cincinnati area.

She joined ATCA at some national conferences and gatherings for the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She had volunteered as a mentor for ATCA programs with college arts journalists, and she launched a series of seminars with Playhouse in the Park on criticism for high school students. She also was a fellow at the 2006 NEA Arts Journalism Institute in Theater and Musical Theatre sponsored by the NEA and USC/Annenberg School of Communication.

Her estate will support emerging playwrights in Cincinnati through the Jackie Demaline Regional Playwriting Competition or PLAY/write!, to be held at Ensemble Theater. Donations designated for “The Jackie Demaline Fund” may be made to theGreater Cincinnati Foundation, 200 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

Additional articles about Jackie can be read here and here.

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