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Critic Spotlight: September 2020

Cristina Pla-Guzman Miami-area critic, drama teacher, actress, director Outlets: American Theatre, Broadway World (BWW Review) Cristina Pla-Guzman What drew you to criticism? I have been acting for 20-something years and I’ve been teaching high school-aged students for almost as long. I have an absolute passion for everything theater. I had never thought...

Critic Spotlight: August 2020

Janice L. Franklin Professor of Humanities and Music at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas Outlets: Theater Jones Janice L. Franklin You have unique training for a critic. What drew you to theater criticism? I fell in love with theater and have almost 40 years of experience. Most of...

Critic Spotlight: July 2020

Sheri Flanders Chicago critic, improv performer and teacher at Second CityOutlets: Freelance; her work has appeared in Chicagoland Musical Theatre, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, Rescripted, New City and Windy City Times. Sheri Flanders What drew you to criticism?When the Hedy Weiss story happened with Pass Over, the Chicago Theater Accountability Coalition called...

ATCA Statement of Action

Artists, administrators and artistic institutions are being asked to recognize how they uphold and support systems of white supremacy within the arts. As members of The American Theatre Critics Association, journalists and critics who cover this industry, we include ourselves and our organization in this...

ATCA Statement of Solidarity

The American Theatre Critics Association stands in solidarity with those taking a stand against the senseless killings of Black and Brown people across the country. We also support the reporters who are on the front lines covering protests. The theaters and theater makers we cover...

ATCA speaks on fair comment, theaters’ rights, diversity and cultural competency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2017 ATCA has closely followed the controversy sparked by a review of Pass Overby Chicago critic Hedy Weiss and referred members to articles about the controversy on our website. As the only nationwide organization of theater critics and journalists, we believe issues have...

Furor over Chicago critic

Hedy Weiss (Photo by Rich Hein/Sun-Times) Long-time Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss (ATCA’s 2015 Perspectives in Criticism speaker) has stirred up a hurricane (not for the first time) with a June 13 review of Antoinette Nwandu’s “Pass Over,” a re-write of “Waiting for Godot” featuring two young African-Americans, now at Steppenwolf...