ATCA Weekend Conference in Indianapolis March 21-24, 2013

  • March 21, 2013
  • March 24, 2013
  • Indianapolis, IN


  • New Members registering for ATCA for the first time in 2013 are eligible for this option to pay for one year of member dues (2013-2014) and the conference fee ($75 membership + $99 conference fee - $24 discount=$150).

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ATCA in INDY: March 21-24, 2013

The American Theatre Critics Association will gather in March for the first time in Indianapolis.

* Members: $99
* Guests: $135

* New Members: $150

Conference fee includes events, lunches, Saturday dinner, receptions, and panels.

Look what we have to offer:

  • Concert & chat with Michael Feinstein and Barbara Cook
  • Tour of Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Archives
  • Mainstage Equity productions of Indiana Repertory Theatre’s “The Whipping Man,” The Phoenix Theatre’s “The Lyons,” and Beef & Boards’ “9-to-5.” Plus a sample performance of Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Piaf”
  • Midwest Fringe Festivals panel and performances
  • Reading of “Happy Birthday Wanda June” at Vonnegut Library
  • Panels at Indiana History Center’s Cole Porter room, dinner show by Actors Theatre of Indiana and drinks and songs around Hoagy Carmichael’s piano at the Cabaret at the Columbia Club
  • Plus much more


You have several options. Arrive Thursday before 5 p.m. to see “The Lyons” that night, or come in time for the start of Friday panels at noon. Sunday programs run through 1:30 p.m. with an optional 2 p.m. matinee for those who have flexible departures.


All this for just $99 for members ($135 for guests). We have secured a discounted rate of $119 per night (including breakfast) at the brand new The Alexander hotel. Ask for the ATCA rate when booking:  (855) 200-3002. The rate is good for a single, double, triple or quad room (breakfast, though, is for two guests per room). Rate is good for three days pre- and post- event and rooms should be reserved by February 19 to take advantage of the special rate.

A New Art Hotel

The Alexander opened in January 2013 with 22,500 square feet of event space, innovative restaurants, and an emphasis on art and design. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is curating 40 works of art totaling $2 million. Plat 99 and Cerulean Restaurant make up the hotel’s unique, local dining options. This hotel is Indy-centric from the artwork featuring Indianapolis legends to the meeting space being named after Indianapolis historic neighborhoods.

Two ways to register:

1) Online: 

Select the "Register" button, follow prompts and pay by credit card or PayPal.

2) By Mail:

Send a check for $99 made out to ATCA ($135 for guests) to:

ATCA Conference

c/o Lou Harry

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Indianapolis Business Journal

41 E. Washington St., Suite 200

Indianapolis, IN 46204


For more information: contact conference chair Lou Harry at


Here is a more detailed look at the conference schedule. Keep in mind that it is subject to change.




7 p.m. Midwest Premiere of The Lyons at the Phoenix


FRIDAY March 22


Noon -- Visit to the Indiana History Center and its Cole Porter Room. ATCA membership meeting and panels.


 3 p.m. -- Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre presents a reading of Kurt Vonnegut’s play “Happy Birthday, Wanda June” at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library


5 p.m. (about) -- Free for dinner downtown. (A list of options will be provided).


6:30 p.m. -- Dance Kaleidoscope (professional contemporary dance company) offers 15 minute piece from Piaf (at Indiana Rep)


7 p.m. -- Reception at Indiana Repertory Theatre followed by performance of The Whipping Man 


10 p.m. -- After-show intimate gathering around Hoagy Carmichael’s actual piano at the Columbia Club with entertainment provided by The Cabaret at the Columbia Club.




Optional a.m. activities including a walk on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail undefined an urban planning initiative linking downtown cultural attractions with bike and pedestrian paths.  


11:00 a.m. -- Bus to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre for panel, lunch and performance of “9-to-5: The Musical.”


About 4:30 p.m. -- Bus to Carmel, Indiana to Center for the Performing Arts for tour the Great American Songbook Archive and Gallery, panels, dinner on stage with performance from Actors Theatre of Indiana, concert with Barbara Cook/Michael Feinstein, and post-show Q&A with Cook/Feinstein


Sunday March 24

10:30 a.m. -- Fringe Building for panel discussion with Fringe festival reps from around Midwest. Plus showcase of two Indy Fringe-birthed hits: NoExit’s “I Am Peter Pan” (11:15 a.m.) and HART’s “Another Classic of Western Literature.” (12:30 p.m.)

2 p.m. -- Optional matinee visit to the Phoenix Theatre’s “The Lyons” for those who couldn’t make it Thursday. Other options available for those who saw it Thursday

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