June 29, 2022
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The  San Diego Critic’s Circle has loved seeing the resilience and creativity of all of our region’s theatres past year from watching shows virtually to finally being back live and in person. 
While we had been looking forward to having a celebration in early 2022 to correspond with what would have been our traditional awards ceremony, with the many present health and safety uncertainties we have decided we will not be having an event this coming year.
We know that the shows must go on in San Diego, and the best decision for them to continue is to not have everyone in one room and potentially get anyone sick.

Although we are not having an event this year many of our members who have been writing and covering theatre throughout the pandemic are individually honoring the best works that they have seen over the past year.  You can find their lists on their websites or at our Critic’s Circle website.
For updates on the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, we will be posting any new information on our Facebook and Instagram pages and our website at sdcriticscircle.org.

San Diego Theatre Critics announces new member

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is proud to announce that Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti is the newest member of our nonprofit organization. 

Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti

Enciso-Dardashti joins eight existing members, who together review professional theater in San Diego County and hand out the annual Craig Noel Awards for Excellence in Theatre. 

The Circle’s 2020 awards were canceled due to the pandemic. 

Alejandra Enciso-Dardashti is a Binational Consultant in communications through PR, Production, and Translations. She is the founder of Enciso Consulting, a boutique firm that has worked on binational endeavors in the Tijuana-San Diego border for over 10 years with different clients like Broadway San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, Moxie Theatre, The Old Globe, California Ballet, Tijuana Hace Teatro, Theatre Communications Group, and more. Alejandra also has been a reporter for more than 15 years, covering arts and entertainment in different media outlets as well as the bilingual blog www.FromAnother0.com and www.DesdeOtro0.com  Since 2020, she has been hosting a biweekly podcast in Spanish Desde Otro 0 and its alter ego in English From Another 0. A safe space dedicated to the arts and the industry.

We are excited to welcome her to our organization!

The San Diego Critic Circle Awards 2020  were canceled due to the pandemic and we look forward to having Alejandra with us in person when we schedule our next Critic’s Circle event.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining we are always open to new members.  To learn more about our membership guidelines, visit our Membership page.


2020 Craig Noel Awards canceled due to pandemic

(Oct. 1, 2020) This has been a devastating and unprecedented year for San Diego theater community. The hearts of all the members of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle go out to all local theater community artists who are enduring not only the loss of jobs and income, but also the creative work that feeds their souls.
As the pandemic wears on, it is now clear that San Diego’s theaters will remain dark for the rest of 2020 and perhaps well into 2021.
Over the past several weeks, the Critics Circle’s members have come to the difficult but necessary conclusion that we must cancel the 2020 Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence.
Our goal is to combine the onstage live productions that opened during the first 10 weeks of 2020 with whatever is produced onstage in 2021 for future awards consideration.
We may also add a category for outstanding virtual programming to honor the creative online work being produced by theaters countywide. We hope to return with our 20th anniversary ceremony in February 2022.
We plan to produce a memorial video at the end of this year for the local theater artists and patrons who passed away in 2020.  We would also like to create a highlights reel, that would encapsulate the live, filmed and Zoom-based shows that have been produced locally this year. Those will be released online around Jan. 1, 2021.


San Diego theaters shut down in unprecedented response to COVID-19 quarantine

For the first time since 1918, all of San Diego County’s theaters and other performing arts organizations closed down in mid-March to protect staff and the public from the coronavirus pandemic raging worldwide.

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle extends its condolences to the hundreds of theater artists who were forced out of work by the mass closures.

Because the show must go on several San Diego County theaters are now streaming and posting live and recorded programming to engage, entertain and comfort theater-lovers worldwide.

Here are some of the stories our members have been writing during the pandemic crisis. To see features and reviews of shows that were produced both onstage and virtually in 2020, visit this link.

As quarantine extends, theaters juggle postponements, deficits – Pam Kragen – San Diego Union-Tribune

Theaters’ online program racking up viewers – Pam Kragen – San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego theaters embrace online programming – Pat Launer, Times of San Diego

Sheltering at home for Bard lovers – Pat Launer – Times of San Diego

Blindspot Collective produces radically inclusive online theater – Pat Launer – Times of San Diego

Digital Storytelling from Moxie – David Dixon – San Diego Story

Old Globe going online with community programming – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Arts in the time of crisis – James Hebert – San Diego Union-Tribune

Tough times in the San Diego theater community – Pat Launer, Times of San Diego

Jacole Kitchen: From the arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Vanessa Dinning: From the Arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Sean Fanning: From the arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Lance Arthur Smith: From the arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Barry Edelstein: Theater in the time of virus – commentary in the U-T

All the world’s a stage for quarantine’d actor’s Sofa Shakespeare project

Theatre is the Cure monologues aim to unite the world

San Diego Opera reschedules rest of season due to COVID-19

San Diego Opera’s “Aging Magician” canceled – Pam Kragen

Arts in the time of crisis – James Hebert & George Varga

Old Globe offers online programming – James Hebert

San Diego Opera reschedule rest of season – Pam Kragen

Spring theater picks for 2020 – James Hebert

Theater artist profile: Sibongile Ngako – James Hebert

Streamed plays and performances pop up online – James Hebert

Tough times for San Diego theater community – Pat Launer

With new initiatives, theaters quickly shift programming online – Pam Kragen

As quarantine extends, theaters struggle with cancellations – Pam Kragen

San Diego live theaters unite to save struggling industry – Pam Kragen

All the world’s a stage for Sofa Shakespeare project – Pam Kragen

Sheltering at home with the Sofa Shakespeare Project – Pat Launer

San Diego Repertory Theatre announces 2020-2021 season – Pam Kragen

With tour on hold, ‘Hamilton’ star plans Moonlight happy hour concert – Pam Kragen

Popular North Coast Repertory Theatre actor J. Todd Adams dies – Pam Kragen

San Diego theaters preparing for when audiences come back – Pat Launer

Old Globe cancels summer festival for first time since 1947 – Pam Kragen

National audience survey highlights San Diego’s resilience – Bill Eadie

The challenges of making theater on Zoom – Pat Launer

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