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The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

Posted By Vicki Hoskins, University of Pittsburgh, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Music Theatre and Dance Focus Group is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance. Panelists whose papers are selected will present their papers at the ATHE conference in Chicago and their essays will also appear in Studies in Musical Theatre. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in the fields of music theatre, dance scholarship, or performance studies with music/dance components. Please circulate the CFP to your students or consider submitting yourself! 

The CFP is listed below and it is attached to this blog post in a convenient PDF format.  

Please circulate the CFP widely and help us find the next group of MT/D super stars!

 

Call for Papers

ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group:

The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

 

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/ Dance at the 2016 ATHE conference in Chicago, Illinois, August 11 - August 14, 2016. This annual panel is held in memory of Professor Bruce Kirle, scholar of musical theatre and longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group. Along with presenting in Chicago, the successful panelists will have their papers published in the esteemed journal Studies in Musical Theatre.

 

Dr. Stuart Hecht, Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College, will serve as this year’s respondent and editor for the panelist’s articles in Studies in Musical Theatre. In addition to teaching and directing, Dr. Hecht has published and presented extensively on the subject of the American Musical and Jewish identity. He is the author of Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation and the American Musical (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is also the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of New England Theatre Journal, sits on the board of the New England Theatre Conference, and is past treasurer and membership secretary of the American Theatre and Drama Society. His articles in theatre history have appeared in Theatre History Studies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Journal, Chicago History, The Journal of Popular Culture, among others. Dr. Hecht was also named to the New England Theatre Conference’s College of Fellows. Dr. Hecht was an advisory board member for, and appeared as an interviewee in, the Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary, “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.”

 

Paper submissions may address any area within the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, which encompasses opera, operetta, musical theatre, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy of music theatre and dance.

 

Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not yet presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not previously presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on music theatre or dance topics at any other national conference prior to the submission date, and papers may not be cross-submitted to other ATHE panels for the 2016 conference. Scholars may, however, present or serve on other panels at this conference. For consideration, please e-mail your paper, 10 to 12 pages in length, as a Microsoft Word attachment to the MT/D Graduate Representatives, Vicki Hoskins and Janet Werther at mtdgradrep@gmail.com by February 1, 2016. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but remove your name from the body of the essay. A committee of select MT/D officers and senior scholars will select three papers for inclusion on this competitive panel. The authors selected will be expected to attend the August conference and to present their papers there. They will receive a yearlong subscription to the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect Books), and their essays will be prepared for publication in that journal. Presenters will also receive a small honorarium and a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle's Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family. Please direct any and all questions to Vicki Hoskins and Janet Werther at mtdgradrep@gmail.com. For more information on the ATHE 2016 conference, visit http://www.athe.org.

 

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A Roundtable on Assessment: Music, Theatre, Dance

Posted By Kathryn Edney, Tuesday, October 6, 2015

For the 2016 ATHE Conference in Chicago I hope to present a roundtable exploring the various ways in which the student learning outcomes in musical theatre courses can be assessed. Questions to consider include, but are not limited to: what sorts of rubrics are used in your courses? What assessment tools have worked and which ones didn’t?  How are you linking course-specific outcomes to your institution’s mission? What are the ways in which musical theatre programs have been built or revised in an era when assessment data has become more and more important? Where does accreditation—programmatic, institutional, etc.—fit in? Please note that this roundtable is intended to foster discussions about best practices of assessment, and is inclusive of courses which emphasize the history and theory of musical theatre/dance, and those courses which emphasize performance.

 

If you are interested in participating, please send the following information to Kathryn Edney (kathryn.edney@regiscollege.edu) by October 23:

 

Name

Affiliation

Rank (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, Adjunct, Graduate Student, etc.)

A brief (200 words or less) description of what you hope to discuss in the roundtable. 

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Visiting Musical Theatre Instructor

Posted By Rene E. Pulliam, The University of Mississippi, Monday, April 27, 2015

Dear MTDers,

The University of Mississippi has an opening for a one-year Visiting Musical Theatre Instructor.  This is a replacement for a tenure track position recently vacated, which will go up for search next spring.  It could be a great “foot in the door” for a talented musical theatre person!  Naturally, I thought of you all!

I have pasted the information below and attached a flyer for you to use.

Please help spread the word!

Yours,

Rene E. Pulliam, Interim Chair

Department of Theatre Arts

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI

 

 

Visiting Musical Theatre Instructor

 

The Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Mississippi seeks applicants for a One-Year Visiting Instructor Professor of Performance and Musical Theatre scheduled to begin August 15, 2015. A terminal degree is required for this full time, nine-month position. The department is seeking a candidate to teach in the areas of performance and musical theatre. Responsibilities include teaching acting classes, musical theatre performance, and vocal coach musical theatre students. Candidates with keyboard skills are preferred. The department currently enrolls 130 majors and 13 full time faculty and offers a BA and BFA degree in Acting, Musical Theatre, and Design and Theatre Production.

The University of Mississippi, named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For”, is located in Oxford, MS, ranked as one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns”.More information about the department can be found at theatre.olemiss.edu. Applicants should complete the University’s on-line application form AND submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and provide three letters of reference at jobs.olemiss.edu. Review of applications scheduled to begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled. The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/ Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer

For more information contact Rene E. Pulliam, Interim Chair at rpulliam@olemiss.edu

Websites:   www.theatre.olemiss.edu

www.olemiss.edu

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Happy Birthday to The Sound of Music!

Posted By Laura MacDonald, University of Portsmouth, Monday, March 9, 2015

Monday March 2 was the 50th anniversary of the film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music. I was approached by the academic news website, The Conversation, to contribute an article relating to the anniversary. You can check out the article here: How Austrians learned to stop worrying and love The Sound of Music You might also consider whether The Conversation might be a good outlet for YOUR work; it would be great to see MTD members sharing their research with an even wider public.

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Happy now and happy hence, and happy ever ASTR!

Posted By Barrie Gelles, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hello MT/D-ers,

 

I just got back from ASTR 2014 in Baltimore!  I wanted to let you know about all the wonderful work that our colleagues presented and congratulate our colleagues that were honored with awards.

 

There were many MT/D focus group members in attendance and almost all of them presented in a working group or plenary.*  Take a look:

 

Plenary 4 - Material Strategies in Performance

featured David Savran, Graduate Center, City University of New York

“The Glass of Water”

 

Working Group - Facing the Other: Reconsidering Transracial Performance

featured Donatella Galella, Graduate Center, City University of New York

“De-facing Yellowface, Objectifying Yellowness in Anything Goes

 

Working Group - Pedagogical Objects: Materials, Media, and Messages in the Theatre History Classroom

featured Virginia Anderson, Connecticut College

“Documenting an Epidemic: Teaching Performance and Social History through Cultural Ephemera”

 

Theatre Library Association Plenary— The Paradox of the Post-Human: Archival Subjects, Systems, and Sites

featured Doug Reside, Digital Curator for the Performing Arts, New York Public Library

“Perserving Digital Designs”

 

Working Group - Machine Labor + Machanical Logic

featured Chase Bringardner, Auburn University 

“Southern Schematics: Taxonomies of Musical Theatre and Southern Identity”

and

featured Stacy Wolf, Princeton University

“The Anti-Mechanistic Machinery of the Junior (Musical) Theater Festival”

 

Working Group - What Makes and Archive Perform?

featured Barrie Gelles, Graduate Center, City University of New York

“I Go Students, I Got Music, I Got YouTube, Who Could Ask for Anything More: How Can We Make a Practically (Im)Perfect Archive Perform in the Musical Theatre Classroom?

 

Working Group - Performing the Boundaries between Theatre Studies and Dance Studies

featured Ryan Donovan, Graduate Center, City University of New York

“Strike a Pose: Louis XIV, Madonna, and the Spectacular Economy of Image”

 

 

We had a great time at the Awards Luncheon.  It was incredibly exciting to see so many musical theatre scholars among the awardees.  The honorees were:

 

Laura MacDonald, University of Portsmouth

was awarded a “Grant for Researchers with Heavy Teaching Loads”

for 

“Broadways Transnational Lullabies: The Growth of Musical Theatre in Postwar Europe and Asia”

 

Alisa Solomon, Columbia University

received an Honorable Mention for the Bernard Hewitt Award

for 

Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof

 

David Savran, Graduate Center, City University of New York

was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award 

for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship in Theatre Studies

 

David Savran has been a teacher, mentor, and colleague, to many MT/D focus group members.  He was one of the first champions in the field of musical theatre studies and he is an unwavering advocate for our work.  

His recent article in Theatre Journal, “‘You’ve got that thing’: Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, and the Erotics of the List Song,” is an excellent example of the nuanced close reading of the musical form that David cultivates in the field.

His latest article in Theatre Survey, “Trafficking in Transnational Brands: The New ‘Broadway-Style’ Musical,” is a taste of his forthcoming book.

 

Congratulations to everyone who participated at ASTR 2014! 

 

 

*[If I missed anyone, please email me and I will update the listing.]

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Proposals are Due in 2 days!

Posted By Tracey Chessum, Thursday, October 30, 2014

I hope this finds everyone well and finishing up their final proposals!

Just a reminder that conference proposals are due on Saturday!  If you are having trouble with submissions, please feel free to email your officers!

We're excited to see what our focus group members will bring to ATHE 2015!

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Conference 2015 Session Proposals: Just In Time

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just in time.
I found you just in time.
Before you came my time,
Was running low.


The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2015 meeting of ATHE in Montreal is less than five days away. If you are receiving this message and find that you have just now arrived at the panel development party, then welcome! You are just in time! You have until this coming Saturday (November 1) to submit your session proposals to the ATHE website. 

If you are wanting to participate in a session at the Montreal conference, but have yet to align yourself with a panel, then head over to the Music Theatre/Dance webpage (http://www.athe.org/group/MTD) today! Several MT/D members are looking for session participants and have posted queries to our blogs and discussion forums. In particular, Stephanie Dean is interested in proposing a practice-based workshop and posted a call for collaborators (http://www.athe.org/blogpost/1090175/200574/Workshop-Proposal). Additionally, Robert Dean (no relation to Stephanie, I believe) is working to organize a paper panel on musical theatre and dance performances developed during periods of conflict (http://www.athe.org/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1022966). If you are currently unattached and have something to contribute, be sure to contact them!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns prior to submitting your final proposal, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I have enjoyed conversing with many of you over e-mail these past few weeks and am excited about the array of panels that have been described to me thus far. I will say that I have not heard much in terms of multi-disciplinary panels – and would very much like to! One of the easiest ways to increase the reach and attendance of your session is to join forces with other focus groups committee and propose a multi-disciplinary panel. If you plan to propose a multi-disciplinary session, do remember that you will need to query the other focus groups and/or committees from which you will be requesting co-sponsorship.

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Call for Papers ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

Posted By Barrie Gelles, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As many of you may know, the Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/ Dance is a wonderful feature of our focus group. Many of our current members have been featured in this panel over the years.  Past debut panelists include Kati Donavan, Kathryn Edney, Sandra Graham, Vicki Hoskins, Bryan M. Vadevender, and many others who have since taken on leadership roles in our focus group.

The CFP is listed below and it is attached to this blog post in a convenient PDF format.  

Please circulate the CFP widely and help us find the next group of MT/D super stars!

 

Call for Papers

ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: 

The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

 

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance at the 2015 ATHE conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 30- August 2, 2015

 

This annual panel is held in memory of Professor Bruce Kirle, scholar of musical theatre and longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group. Dr. Bud Coleman, Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder, will serve as this year’s respondent. In addition to his work as a director and choreographer, Professor Coleman has published on the subjects of women in musical theatre and gender in performance, as well as the textbook (co-written with Pamyla Stiehl), Back Stage Pass and the edited collection, Women In American Musical Theatre: Essays on Composers, Lyricists, Librettists, Arrangers, Choreographers, Designers, Directors, Producers and Performance Artists (co-edited by Judith A. Sebesta). The recipient of a 2008 U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy Grant and a 2009–2010 Fulbright Fellowship, he is currently investigating the role of theatre criticism in the 21st century.

 

Paper submissions may concern any area within the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, which encompasses opera, operetta, musical theatre, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy of music theatre and dance. Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not yet presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not previously presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on music theatre or dance topics at any other national conference prior to the submission date, and papers may not be cross-submitted to other ATHE panels for the 2015 conference. Scholars may, however, present or serve on other panels at this conference.

 

For consideration, please e-mail your paper, 10 to 12 pages in length, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Barrie Gelles at mtdgradrep@gmail.com by February 1, 2015. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but remove your name from the body of the essay.

 

A committee of select MT/D officers and senior scholars will select three papers for inclusion on this competitive panel. The authors selected will be expected to attend the July/August conference and to present their papers there. They will receive a yearlong subscription to the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect Books), and their essays will be prepared for publication in that journal. Presenters will also receive a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle’s Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family.

 

Please direct any and all questions to Barrie Gelles at mtdgradrep@gmail.com. For more information on the ATHE 2015 conference, visit http://www.athe.org.

 

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Workshop Proposal?

Posted By Stephanie C. Dean, University of Michigan - Flint, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Updated: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hi Everyone,

I know this comes late . . . tech for my musical is next week.  So, I have not had a lot of time to think.  But, I would really love to do a hands on workshop with someone.  If anyone is interested in conjuring something up with me, let me know.

 

Thanks,

Stephanie Dean

scdean@umflint.edu

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Conference 2015 Session Proposals: "No Memory"

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Saturday, October 18, 2014
Updated: Sunday, October 19, 2014

 

The deadline for session proposals for the 2015 meeting of ATHE in Montreal is exactly two weeks from today. I have very much enjoyed hearing from you over the last few weeks and am excited about the range of panels and roundtables and workshops that seem to be in the works. As you work to put the final touches on your session proposals, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need assistance. I’m happy to help guide you through any aspect of the submission process. 

Everyone knows that the key to an attractive proposal and a well-attended panel is a strategically chosen session title. Our members frequently turn to show tunes for inspiration. In order to stimulate your thinking about possible session titles, I have provided a short list of songs from musicals whose titles refer to remembering or forgetting. I have, by design, not included the song about the cat and the moonlight and the old days. It was too easy and I couldn’t afford live with the earworm for the rest of the day. Therefore, you won't see "Memory" on my list. 

I received several notes over the past few days thanking me for the challenge that I extended to you last week. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Many thanks to those you suggested additional titles to add to our list of musicals whose dramaturgy is determined by the subject of memory. This week, I challenge you to add to my list of show tunes. In addition to titles of songs, I encourage you to think of lyrics that address the act of remembering or forgetting.     

Here is what I’ve come up with thus far: 

“Don’t Forget the Lilac Bush” – Street Scene
“Forget About the Boy” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Forget All Your Books” – Three’s a Crowd
“I Don’t Remember Christmas” – Starting Here, Starting Now
“I Remember” – Evening Primrose, Rags
“I Remember It Well” – Gigi, Love Life
“I Remember Mama” – I Remember Mama
“It’s Nice Looking Back on the Past” – Lorelei
“I Wish I Could Forget You” - Passion 
 “Remember Me” – Little Fish
“Remember That I Care” – Street Scene 
“Something to Remember You By” – Three’s A Crowd
“There’s Always One You Can’t Forget” – Dance a Little Closer
“Try to Forget” – The Cat and the Fiddle
“Try to Remember: - The Fantasticks
“Will You Remember Me?” – Knickerbocker Holiday, Lady, Be Good!

It’s a modest list, but I trust that we can expand it quickly! I have posted it to the ATHE 2015 CFP discussion forum on our MT/D website. To participate in the discussion, follow this link [http://www.athe.org/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1020779] and add your titles. You can also debate titles that I have included. 

My best wishes to all of you as you prepare to submit your proposals. The MT/D leadership and I very excited to receive them on November 1. 


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