NY Conference schedule as it stands

NY Conference schedule as it stands

Jan. 9 — New participants or other details will be added every few days. Following are schedule and registration form.

ATCA New York Weekend Conference, Feb. 4-6, 2011

For developing details (sites of meetings, names of participants, any changes in schedule), watch the ATCA website at http://www.americantheatrecritics.org/.

SPECIAL $99 HOTEL RATE (single or double) at redecorated mid-town Milford Plaza Hotel, 700 8th Ave. (at 45th St.): This rate is still available. Some report you can get it only by phone — 888-352-3650 or 212-869-3600 — but one ATCA member found a rate of $93 for two twin beds and $107 for two double beds at this link. Happy hunting!


FRIDAY, FEB. 4  — How Critics Can Enhance Their Theatre Experience

Held at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. at 25th St.

9:30: Coffee, bagels and chat in the lobby.

10:00: Greetings, overview of the weekend, introduce new members.

10:15: John Malatesta, managing director of the Baruch Performing Arts Center, will introduce us to this fairly new state-of-the-art facility.

* 10:45: Scene from “Duet,” Otho Eskin’s play about Eleonora Duse and Sarah Bernhardt, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, followed by short discussion.

* 11:15-12:45: Discussion with some of the most influential acting teachers in the country on the various techniques they use to help actors create a role and understand a play. Co-moderated by Sherry Eaker and Ronald Rand, author of “Acting Teachers of America.”

Confirmed so far: Olympia Dukakis, Joanna MerlinBill Esper (William Esper Studio), Sabra Jones (Actors Studio, co-founder of NY’s Mirror Repertory Co.) and Terry Schreiber (T. Schreiber Studio).

* 12:45-1:45: Buffet lunch served in the lobby.

* 1:45-3:00: “Perspectives on Criticism,” a panel of two directors and two playwrights on the state of the art in this time of the fragmenting of critical voices. Probable: Marsha Norman; other well-known artists under consideration.

* 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Further discussion of these and other issues in small breakout groups. Coffee/tea available.

4:00 pm on: Dinner and theatre on your own.

SATURDAY, FEB. 5 — Brunch with the Stars at Sardi’s

In our longstanding tradition, we invite lead actors or creators from a dozen Broadway shows to share lunch and chat, and then respond to a question from an ATCA member.

10:00: Coffee, cash bar.

11:00: Luncheon.

11:30-12:45: Introduction of visiting Broadway stars.

SUNDAY, FEB. 6 — The digital critic (place T.B.A.)

9:30: Coffee and bagels.

10:00-Noon: A hands-on-computers session about what the digital critic needs to know: how to set up/maintain a blog, what to look for in a web designer, copyright issues, how to set up links, count hits, generate ad revenue, etc. ATCA members Andy Propst (American Theatre Web, Playbill.com) and Leonard Jacobs (http://clydefitchreport.com/) will take the lead, moderated by Jonathan Abarbanel (Windy City Times).

Bring your laptop. But if you can’t, you will be able to follow the discussion and examples projected on a large screen.


ATCA New York Weekend Conference, Feb. 4-6, 2011

CLICK HERE for pdf to print. If that doesn’t work, COPY and PRINT this page (NOTE Printer Version button at end), fill it out and mail with your check, made out to ATCA/NYC, to:

Barry Gaines, ATCA

12809 Northern Sky N.E.

Albuquerque, NM 87111-8089

If you have trouble printing this out, email the relevant information to Barry Gaines at bjgaines@unm.edu; if all else fails, call him at 505-856-2101.


These prices good until Jan. 21.

Circle which of the following apply

                                          ATCA or Drama Desk Member            Guest

Full conference:                                      $145                   $155            

Friday and Sunday only:                         $ 75                    $ 75

Brunch with the Stars, Saturday only:    $ 75                    $ 85

Your total due:  _______________

Member’s Name            _____________________________________________

Mail address  _______________________________________________________


Email            _______________________________

Phone            _______________________________

Non-member guest name             ______________________________________

Email            ______________________________

Phone            ______________________________

We will email you later about your menu choices at Sardi’s.

Address questions to co-chairs Sherry Eaker (sherry.eaker@gmail.com) or Ira Bilowit (irajbilowit@aol.com).

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