An advocate for the field of theatre and performance in higher education, ATHE serves as an intellectual and artistic center for producing new knowledge about theatre and performance-related disciplines, cultivating vital alliances with other scholarly and creative disciplines, linking with professional and community-based theatres, and promoting access and equity.
From the President, Patricia Ybarra
The field of theatre studies, like much of the arts and humanities is in a labor crisis. Many indicators suggest that the number of adjunct laborers in the academy has increased as the opportunities for fair labor conditions there have decreased—including both tenure line and stable contract positions. This reality is compounded by well-founded fear and anxiety: many arts professors and aspiring arts professors feel precarious on a daily basis. Over the last few years, an adjunct labor subcommittee and the Governing Council of ATHE, have committed ourselves to educating ourselves about labor conditions, finding ways to advocate for members and non-members alike who are in contingent positions and making ATHE more accessible for all members. We believe that these modes of advocacy are best launched together. And that they are best launched with the full knowledge of the specificity of conditions for theatre faculty in our institutions. Therefore I am excited to announce the following programs: