association for theatre in higher education
February 2016

National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative

National Jewish Theater FoundationWe welcome your involvement in an event we mutually support. The National Jewish Theater Foundation - Holocaust Theater International Initiative urges your participation in its 2nd annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Play Readings - 5/2/16. Monday has been chosen since most theaters do not perform that day. It also avoids conflicts with events held on Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) that falls on 5/5.

Last year our inaugural Monday before event honoring the victims and survivors involved more than a dozen theaters, universities, Jewish organizations and embassies throughout the U.S.A. Each selected their choice of a play to read from our NJTF Holocaust Theater Catalog. All followed their reading with a conversation or panel discussion that included their audiences. These simultaneous events took place in San Diego, New York, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, cities in Florida, confirming the unique power of theater in Holocaust awareness and education.

We have set the modest goal of doubling last year’s participants. Please go to and find Remembrance Readings.

You will be able to read more about this program and find a form to fill out with your organizations information. This project is greater than any one institution and invites collaboration among Artists, Educators, and people who collectively wish to use theater as a moral compass to enlighten current and future generations.


Teresa Eyring
Executive Director/Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

Dr. William Shulman
President/Association of Holocaust Organizations (AHO)

Arnold Mittelman
President/National Jewish Theater Foundation (NJTF)

David Chack
President/Association for Jewish Theatres (AJT)

The India Theatre Programme - Call for Applications

The India Theatre Programme
2nd July - 31st July 2016
Pondicherry, India

The Drama School, Mumbai invites applications from theatre makers, actors, dancers and performance artists for this intensive 4 week training and creation workshop in Pondicherry, India.

This immersive residency is for 24 individual practitioners from across the world, seeking to inform and enhance their own personal practice through understanding universal principles of performance as found in three Indian traditional performing art forms. The training will be conducted by nationally recognized masters of these forms, and guided throughout by the award winning ex-director of The National School of Drama, India’s foremost training institution for the dramatic arts.

Indian dramatic practice dates back to the 1st century BCE, if not earlier, and its fundamental principles have informed performance practices from across the world (such as Grotowski, Stanislavsky, Zarrilli and Schechner to name a just a few).

The first three weeks of the programme will be dedicated to training in the various forms and understanding the principles that can be taken into contemporary practice, the final week will be a guided creation exercises designed to assimilate and apply these learnings.

Deadline for Application: 15th March, 2016
Selection and Skype Interviews: March - April 2016
Final Selections Announced: 15 April, 2016
Residency: 2nd July, 2016 - 31st July, 2016

To express interest in attending the programme, and know more about application timelines and criterion, fees and funding options, please click here or write in to Ragini Khushwaha,


VASTA Post-Conference 2016

VASTA has received exciting proposals for panels for the 2016 summer conference, “Dynamic Dialogues and Connections" which will be held in Chicago, August 8 to 11. Member presentations include experiential workshops that give deep meaning to conference participation, as our conferences are known for showcasing an exceptional diversity of skills and approaches to voice teaching and coaching. Highlights of the conference include feature presenters in Middendorf Breath work, sessions in various approaches to leadership skills training, and opportunities to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Speech-Language Pathologists.

Plan to join us in Chicago this August! VASTA

Feminist Media Histories

Call for Papers
Feminist Media Histories: An International Journal

Special Issue on Histories of Celebrity
Guest Editor: Hilary A. Hallett, Columbia University

Feminist Media HistoriesWe invite proposals for a special issue of Feminist Media Histories devoted to Histories of Celebrity to be published in the FALL 2016. This volume will explore celebrity’s relationship to the development of, and contestation over, new ideas about gender and sexuality emerging from the early modern period through the 1970s. It seeks articles that interrogate men and women whose “mediated” celebrity became bound up with public debates about sexuality and gender roles. We are interested in articles that are historical and international in their scope and that consider celebrity’s engagement with a range of media including print, theater, film, television, and digital technologies.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • the labor of celebrity
  • celebrity and gender performativity
  • race, ethnicity and celebrity
  • feminist/anti-feminist celebrities
  • scandal and celebrity
  • celebrity’s audience: fans and fan culture

Interested contributors should contact guest editor Hilary Hallett directly, sending a 300-word proposal and a c.v. by February 7, 2016: The Contributors will be notified by February 15, 2016; completed articles will be due April 1, 2016 when they will be sent out for peer review.

Feminist Media Histories is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to feminist histories of film, video, audio, and digital technologies across a range of periods and global contexts. Inter-medial and trans-national in approach, Feminist Media Histories examines the historical role gender has played in varied media technologies, and documents women's engagement with these media as audiences and users, creators and executives, critics and theorists, technicians and laborers, educators and activists. Feminist Media Histories is published by the University of California Press. More information is available here:

ATHE Awards Nomination Submission Dates Are Approaching!

Honor your Hero: Call for ATHE for Award Nominations

Whose work has changed your life as an artist, a teacher, or a scholar? This is your opportunity to honor that individual’s accomplishments.

The following awards nominations are due by February 15, 2016:
Career Achievement Awards:
Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education
Career Achievement in Higher Education
Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre
Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement

Scholarship Awards:
Outstanding Article in a Scholarly Journal
Excellence in Editing (in 2016 we honor excellence in editing of an individual project)
Joint ATHE-ASTR Award for Excellence in Digital Theatre and Performance Scholarship (new this year!)

The following award nominations are due by March 1, 2016:
Jane Chambers

More information on nomination processes for all awards can be found on the ATHE website.

Save the Date - ATHE 2016