association for theatre in higher education
March 2016

Governing Council Welcomes Adjunct Instructors to ATHE

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:

  1. A large scale, three part adjunct labor survey will be conducted in association with ASTR. This survey will include a short quantitative survey followed by a longer qualitative questionnaire and interviews with selected participants. We feel that this survey will give us the data we need to understand our field and advocate effectively. Adjunct faculty who choose to do part 2 and 3 of the survey will receive a free membership to ATHE for a year.
  2. We will offer a discounted rate for adjunct faculty to attend the 2016 and 2017 conferences on par with the rate for graduate students.
  3. ATHE will offer free access to the job bank for job seekers until further notice.
  4. We will offer a plenary panel at the 2016 conference about adjunct labor in Chicago that will be free and open to the public, with targeted invitations to adjunct faculty members in the Chicago area. We hope that we can offer this type of programming for local groups of contingent laborers at future conferences as well, as we visit different areas of the country.

Lastly, we write to affirm that we are in constant dialogue about how the realities of contingent labor –and the financial conditions of the field as a whole--might alter our understanding of our membership categories, future programming, and financial structures of the association.

We, as the governing council are happy to announce these initiatives, and, as always, would love to hear from you about your ideas.


Patricia Ybarra, President
Harvey Young, President Elect
Patricia Herrera, Secretary
Chase Bringardner, VP, Marketing and Membership
Soyica Diggs Colbert, VP Research and Publications
Amy Hughes, VP, Professional Development
Alicia Tafoya, VP Elect, Conference 2017
Barbara Parisi, Member at Large, Outreach
Kareem Khubchandani, VP Advocacy
Jocelyn Buckner, VP, Awards
Scott Shattuck, Treasurer
Kathryn Edney, Member at Large, Liaison to the Operations Committee
Becky Prophet, Member at Large, Liaison to the Focus Groups
Jeff Wax, Member at Large, Liaison to the Finance Committee
Kelly Howe, VP Conference 2016
Henry Bial, Immediate Past President
Eric Ewald, Executive Director

VASTA is Seeking Articles for the Voice and Speech Review!

VASTA is the only organization that publishes a journal for voice and speech professionals in the performing arts, and the Voice and Speech Review is the first journal of its kind and the only scholarly journal that exclusively publishes work about voice and speech training for stage, film, TV and radio. The VSR seeks cutting-edge writing that explores, describes, challenges, critiques and advances practical and theoretical voice and speech work for performing artists, in a broad spectrum of disciplines! For more information visit the call for papers page at Routledge or visit the VASTA/VSR page.

In Honor of the 88th Academy Awards, Pace University Press is offering an $8.00 discount on METHODS!

MethodsMethods: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy, is a peer reviewed journal dedicated to the art and craft of acting and its philosophies, exercises, and history. Methods explores acting for stage, film, and television, their similarities and differences, deconstructing old techniques and constructing new ones. Including interviews with important industry professionals, news about the performing arts, book reviews, and historical documents, Methods will embody everything about the craft and entertainment of acting, from culture to spirituality to truth. Learn more here.

METHODS Book Reviews 2016

METHODS is a new, peer-reviewed journal on actor training being published annually by Pace University Press, edited by Dr. Ruis Woertendyke of Pace University ( We invite proposals for book reviews for the 2016 volume of METHODS. The Book Review section is being edited by Dr. Charles Grimes of UNC-Wilmington. If you would like to review a specific book on actor training, please write to Inquiries will be promptly responded to. If you are interested in reviewing one of the following titles, I can send it to you. --- Charles Grimes

Why Acting Matters, David Thomson, Yale UP 2015

Acting on the Script, Bruce Miller, Applause, 2014

The Shakespeare Workbook and Video: A Practical Course for Actors, David Carey and Rebecca Clark Carey, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

The Outstanding Actor: Seven Keys to Success, Ken Rea, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

From Stage to Screen: A Theatre Actor's Guide to Working on Camera, Bill Britten, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice: 2nd Edition, Patsy Rodenburg, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015 (ISBN hardback 978-1-4725-7306-3, ISBN paperback 978-1-4725-7302-5)

Acting with Passion: A Performer's Guide to Emotions on Cue, Niki Flacks, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

An Actor's Craft: The Art and Technique of Acting, David Krasner, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012

An Actor's Companion: Tools for the Working Actor, Seth Barrish, TCG, 2015

Essential Acting: A Practical Handbook for Actors, Teachers, and Directors, Bridget Panet, Routledge, 2nd edition, 2015

ATHE Member Brings Broadway History to London

Doug Reside, Curator of the Billy Rose Theatre Division at NYPL and member of ATHE's Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, has co-curated (with Anna Landreth Strong, Victoria and Albert Museum) "Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York," a display running until August 31 at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, prior to transferring to the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center October 19, 2016-June 2017. The display is presented in partnership with the Society of London Theatre. You can watch Doug giving a tour of the display with his collaborators on the Olivier Awards Facebook page (scroll down):

Through this theatrical experience by acclaimed stage designer Tom Piper and RFK Architects, Curtain Up invites you to glimpse behind the scenes and immerse yourself into the world of artistic collaboration to discover how all aspects of a production come together in great theatre. Find yourself on stage with Joey from War Horse and see the award statuettes up close with a spotlight on the Olivier Awards themselves. Showcased are costumes from The Producers, Romeo and Juliet, worn by Rudolf Nureyev and The Audience, worn by Dame Helen Mirren. See set models, scripts, photographs and film from past productions such as Carousel, Arcadia, and Sunday In The Park With George, including footage from the V&A’s National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Theatre on Film and Tape Archive (TOFT), New York. Admission is free and more information on the display is available here:

USITT Appoints Eileen Curley as TD&T Editor

Eileen CurleyUSITT announces the appointment of Eileen Curley, Ph.D., as the new editor-in-chief of Theatre Design & Technology. Curley is an associate professor of English at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She fills a vacancy after the retirement of former TD&T Editor David Rodger.

Rodger and former Art Director Debra Hazlett built a foundation on which Curley will grow TD&T’s status as the journal of record on the history of and innovations in entertainment design, production, and management.

Curley holds a BA in Theatre from Grinnell College, and an MA and Ph.D. in theatre history, theory, and literature from Indiana University.

She brings to TD&T a wide range of theatrical writing and editing experiences. She has published in Theatre Journal, Theatre Topics, Popular Entertainment Studies, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Theatre Symposium. She has served as a reader for the Canadian Review of American Studies, Texas Theatre Journal, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Theatre History Studies. She was on the publications committee for the American Theatre and Drama Society. Read more here.

USITT Expands Diversity Sessions for 2016 in Salt Lake

USITT ConferenceAs part of its initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in entertainment production, USITT is offering new sessions on accessibility and the arts at USITT 2016 in Salt Lake City March 16-19.

The Arts Are For Everyone on Thursday, March 17, is a three-hour panel on making the arts more inviting to all—including improving accessibility for people with disabilities such as hearing impairment, mental health challenges, physical disabilities, and neurological or intellectual challenges.

Finding an Accessible Path to Technical Theatre on Wednesday, March 16, will discuss working with mobility impairment in technical theatre, including creating accessible workspaces, career paths for students with mobility limitations, and recent revisions to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more about the diversity expansion here.

Dear Colleagues, Your Participation Requested. Join Others On 5/2/2016

NJTF LogoThe National Jewish Theater Foundation-Holocaust Theater International Initiative invites your participation in our 2nd annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Play Readings to be held on 5/2/2016. Monday has been chosen to avoid audience conflicts and competing with events previously planned for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) that falls this year on 5/5/2016. Read more here.

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