IATC 27th congress in Beijing completed
Beijing, China, October 2014

We arrived from all continents on the globe: theatre critics from journalism, scholarly theatre critics, and everything in between. We were young writers and veterans who publish on paper, for blogs, for social media. One hundred critics gathered in Beijing, China, for the 27th World Congress of the International Association of Theatre Critics. It was a busy and inspiring meeting organised by the China Centre of the International Association of Theatre Critics, which was generously
hosted by the Central Academy of Drama. ...
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On-Line Symposium of the Beijing Congress
Beijing, China, October 2014

During the AICT-IATC congress in Beijing, a conference is organised with a theme on the profession of criticism in the Internet Era.
A number of theatre critics from different parts of the world participate with papers and an open discussion is organised as always within the association in the two working languages, English and French. For the first time, a reference bank of the symposium is available as an on-line-
session with papers not presented within the conference ...
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Barba Named Winner of the IATC Thalia Prize

The Executive Committee of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC/AICT) is pleased to announce that the winner of its fifth Thalia Prize for Critical Writing is Eugenio Barba, theoretician, director, and founder of Odin Teatret in Denmark. The prize will be given in
Beijing during the 27th World Congress of the IATC in October, 2014.
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Seminar for young critics in Cluj (Romania)
Cluj, Romania, 29 November - 5 December, 2014

The IATC is pleased to announce that a seminar for young theatre critics will take place during the 'Interferences' Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania, from November 29 to December 5, 2014. Applications are now open for two seminar groups (one French-speaking and one English-speaking). To apply, you must be a professional critic and
aged between 18 and 35. ...
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Georges Banu, Honorary President of the IATC, is the first Romanian laureate of the Grand Prix of the French Academy for Francophonie

Please see the press release on the French part of this web site ...
In Memoriam Yoh Suk-kee (1922-2014)

We have lost "the" great theatre critic of Korea. As the Father of modern Korean theatre criticism, Yoh Suk-kee has represented Korean theatre
intellectually for the past seven decades ...
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  New books
  New websites
New edition eWAT
- English anthology of the best articles published in theatre magazine Svet a divadlo
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Website of the UK Critics' Circle

ATCA's blogspot

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More Glimpses of the Theatre, More Glimpses of the World, the new book by Kalina Stefanova, is an account of a ten-year
journey in the world of the theatre and the theatre of the world alike. It's a sequel of Going to the Theatre around the World
which covered the previous 10 years. Together they form a vivid and in-depth two-volume survey of contemporary world theatre
from 1993 till 2013.

Още театър, още свят
Калина Стефанова

Publisher: Uniskorp, Sofia
Publishing year: 2013
Language: Bulgarian
Paperback / 272 pages
ISBN - 9789543303731
  AWARDS - Kapila Vatsyayan for the IATC Thalia Prize  

Kapila Vatsyayan
It is our pleasure to announce the Thalia Prize laureate Ms. Kapila Vatsyayan, Ph.D, India. This prize of honour will be handed over during the 2012 congress of the IATC in Warszaw in April.
Kapila Vatsyayan is one of India's most important writers on the subject of Indian Theatre and Indian Dance. To theatre lovers in the Western world her writing has opened new windows to Indian performing arts, early in her work popularizing Indian performing arts and multi-culturalism. Born in 1928, she has lived a life dedicated to the arts generally and to theatre and dance in particular. Her influence as a scholar and critic of Asian theatre has been deep and exemplar and deserves wide recognition.
She has authored 15 books which have become classics in the field, such as Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts (Sangeet Natak Akademi, 1968), Indian Classical Dance (SNA, 1972), Traditional Indian Theatre: Multiple Streams (NBT, 1972), Traditions of Indian Folk Dance (Clarion, 1975), The Square and the Circle of Indian Arts Roli, 1983, Bharata - The Natyashastra (Sahitya Akademi, 1996) and numerous volumes on Indian regional dance. Her writings  through the 70s and 80s particularly put the entire area of Indian dance and theatre on the world map and she has been a leading figure in this area ever since. In the decades ot the 20th century when globalisation and multi-culturalism was highly influential on the stages of the western world her clear analysis and insightful understanding of the Indian tradition enlighted the way to true exchange avoiding ”cultural tourism”.
A long-time director of the Indira Gandhi National Centre of the Arts in New Delhi,  she has worked closely with the Indian government in a variety of areas as a Government Secretary in cultural development.  Since 2004, she has been a member of Unesco's Executive Board and earlier taught at major universities around ther world including the Universities of Pennsylvania, California and Michigan as well as at Banaras Hindu University, Manipur University and Kolkata University in India. She has lectured in China, Japan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Russia, France and the UK. She has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates and has been awarded India's highest honour, a Padamshri.

Margareta Sörenson's speech >........... Kapila Vatsyayan's Acceptance speech on the occasion of the award of Thalia Prize >
Invitation to the IATC Thalia Award handed over to Dr Kapila Vatsyayan in Delhi, on June 6th, 2012. > > >

The IATC draws together more than two thousand theatre critics, through some fifty National Sections. Founded in Paris in 1956, the IATC is a non-profit, Non-Governmental Organization benefitting under statute B of UNESCO.

The purpose of the IATC is to bring together theatre critics in order to promote international cooperation. Its principal aims are to foster theatre criticism as a discipline and to contribute to the development of its methodological bases; to protect the ethical and professional interests of theatre critics and to promote the common rights of all its members; and to contribute to reciprocal awareness and understanding between cultures by encouraging international meetings and exchanges in the field of theatre in general.

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