The Circle is always open to accepting applications for new members. If you review theatre or are engaged in theatre on a regular basis in one or more of the nine Bay Area counties, you may be eligible. 

We are particularly interested in increasing our membership with those who regularly attend, review, write, blog, broadcast or are otherwise involved in the theatre communities of Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

For requests to join the Circle as a member, please first read the Membership Guidelines:


                                          SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle

                                                Guidelines for Membership

                                              Membership Levels and Duties

FULL membership is available to those members of the community who regularly review theatre via print (daily, weekly, or monthly distribution), radio, television or digital media (see below).  FULL members should : pay annual dues of $25, make every effort to attend at least two (2) meetings (one of which may be the Gala), participate in and vote on Circle business, make every effort to see a recommended minimum of thirty (30) productions annually, fill out an affidavit of attendance, nominate and vote for awards, submit ledes and links to reviews that appear in our respective outlets and otherwise contribute to the website and social media pages.

ADJUNCT membership is available to those who, through their participation in the community as directors, designers, performers, non-reviewing media members, etc., bring an additional level of critical perspective and experience or other theatrically-related background to the Circle. ADJUNCT Members should: pay annual dues of $25, make every effort to attend at least two (2) meetings (one of which may be the Gala), make every effort to see a recommended minimum of thirty (30) productions annually, fill out an affidavit of attendance, and nominate and vote for awards, but have no requirement to post reviews.

Credibility of Writer

Applicants for Full membership must regularly attend Bay Area theatre and should have at least one year of experience in reviewing or covering theatre or have other substantial interaction with the local theatrical community. Venues for theatre reviewing include print media (daily, weekly or monthly newspapers), radio, television, and digital (note stipulation below). Sample reviews (regardless of length) should indicate knowledge and appreciation of theatre and critical analysis skills. Three reviews should accompany membership application.

                                                                          Digital-Only Reviewers

The writer's venue must be an ongoing:

• News and/or entertainment-related site (such as,

• Substantive blog, or

• Professional digital media site.

The Circle is not considering writers whose only venue is a service-oriented website (such as Goldstar, Yelp or CitySearch).


Does the applicant currently work in theatre or have a theatrical background? If so, in what capacity and for how long?

Interested?  Then please download our membership application here: 

Download Membership Application

and send the completed application along with a cover letter which gives us some idea of your background, your interest in theatre, the geographic area in which you attend most theatre, why membership in the Circle is of interest to you and what you feel your membership would bring to the Circle along with sample reviews or links (if applying for full membership) to:

You are also encouraged to write us at the above address with any questions you may have.