Each year ATCA holds multiple convenings ranging from 2-3 days to 5-6 days, with ATCA members playing lead roles in planning and organization. (In addition, there’s a tradition of occasional Critics’ Seminars.)
ATCA meetings in the early years (1974-77) were held at the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. The annual conferences in subsequent years have been held around the country.
One convening each year serves as the annual conference, and by tradition has been held in a national theater center other than New York, allowing ATCA members over time to become familiar with American theater communities around the country. Many annual conferences include optional side trips to near-by cities or festivals.
For many years shorter (or mini) meetings were held in New York in February, when many papers traditionally sent their critics to report on new Broadway openings — how the world has changed! Additional convenings have been held at new play and regional theater festivals, such as the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Harriet Lake Festival of New Plays (at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival), the Denver New Play Summit, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
Beginning in 2020, ATCA conference traditions were reconsidered to allow for increased virtual convenings (e.g. our first-ever virtual annual conference in November 2020) and additional virtual events throughout the year.