American Theatre Magazine Recognizes Third Coast Review’s Role in Indie Arts Scene

American Theatre magazine, the preeminent professional theater magazine in the U.S., has recognized Third Coast Review as one of the "indie arts sites" that contributes to arts coverage in Chicago and other major cities. American Theatre is the publication of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Writer David Cote, in an article titled "A Second Act for Theatre Criticism?," describes the decline of theater criticism in mainstream media because of mergers, budget and staff cuts. He says,
"Outside New York several sites have sprung up in the past decade to fill the void left by vanishing arts desks: Boston’s Arts Fuse, run by longtime critic and scholar Bill Marx; Los Angeles’s punchy Stage Raw; Bill Hirschman’s own; and DC Theatre Scene in our nation’s capital. Other locales with indie arts sites include Philadelphia (Broad Street Review), Dallas/Fort Worth (TheaterJones), Oregon (Oregon Arts Watch), and Chicago (Third Coast Review). And New York has Theatre Is EasyCulturebotOffOffOnline, and others." Third Coast Review was launched in January 2016 and currently has about 30 writers covering Chicago's theater, dance, art, music (all genres including classical), books, films, TV and games, plus food and "beyond" (anything that doesn't fit anywhere else). If you'd like to subscribe to our weekly recap newsletter, 3CR Highlights, or receive an email about new posts, sign up in the far left column of this page.
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Nancy S Bishop

Nancy S. Bishop is publisher and Stages editor of Third Coast Review. She’s a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and a 2014 Fellow of the National Critics Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. You can read her personal writing on pop culture at, and follow her on Twitter @nsbishop. She also writes about film, books, art, architecture and design.