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Directing Program

For more information about the Directing Program, click here to send an e-mail to the Directing Program leadership.

The Directing Focus Group (DFG) serves ATHE members interested in directing practice, pedagogy, theory and history. DFG officers facilitate conference planning for the Annual ATHE Conference and work with other ATHE focus groups to present workshops of interest to its members at other times during the year.

Find out more about the Directing Program and their activities:


Focus Group Representative

Emily Rollie (Central Washington University)

Focus Group Conference Planner

Kathleen McGeever (Northern Arizona University)


Karen Dabney (Westminster College) 


Dana Resnick (Loyola Marymount University)

Communications and Publications

William Lewis (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Graduate Student Representatives

Joelle Arp-Dunham (University of Georgia)

Niki Tulk (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Immediate Past Focus Group Representative

Lewis Magruder (Miami University, Ohio)

Group Feed
Joelle R. Arp-Dunham, Circle Ensemble Theatre Company wrote on the Focus Groups A-D: Directing Program wall: CALL FOR PROPOSALS ATHE 2018 Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest DIRECTING PROGRAM DEBUT PANEL – Boston, MA The Directing Program (DP) is searching for submissions for our Debut Panel at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. We encourage applicants to submit exercises, demonstrations, and/or traditional papers as scholarship. The chosen presenter(s) for the 2018 DP Debut Panel will receive a monetary award to offset the cost of conference attendance. Additionally, we are currently developing a one-on-one mentorship program to take place during the summer, in preparation for the conference panel. Faculty, graduate students and other teaching directors in higher education who have not yet presented at an ATHE conference are eligible to participate in the Debut Panel. Two or three presentations (of no more than 20 minutes each) will be selected through a rigorous juried review process. Time will be allotted for discussion and feedback. Please email a one-page description of your directing exercise (with goals and expected outcomes, procedures, materials and space requirements) and/or your completed paper (8-10 pages) to DP Graduate Student Representatives Niki Tulk (, Joelle Arp-Dunham ( and DP Conference Planner Kathleen M. McGeever ( by May 1, 2018. Proposals should be sent as a Word document or PDF file attachment. Please email Niki Tulk, Joelle Arp-Dunham and Kathleen M. McGeever directly; do not submit through the ATHE website. We will notify those chosen to participate by mid-May 2018. Please note: you must register for the conference (day or full) to accept the award and serve on the panel. If you have questions, feel free to contact Niki Tulk, Joelle Arp-Dunham or Kathleen M. McGeever. Please share this call for proposals with any graduate students, new faculty, and emerging scholar-directors who might want to get involved with ATHE. Thank you!
Posted Saturday, April 7, 2018
Levi Kaplan joined the group Focus Groups A-D: Directing Program.
Posted Sunday, March 11, 2018
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