association for theatre in higher education
November 2015

ATHE Facebook Group Policy

Dear ATHE members,

I am writing to you as the president of the association to discuss ATHE’s policy on posting job ads on social media forums associated with ATHE other than ATHE’s website ("job bank"). Namely, members of the ATHE facebook site have posted ads on the ATHE Facebook page without paying for placing ads in the ATHE job bank. We assume this is because of convenience, habit, or lack of knowledge about the presence of the job bank. Presently, we will be asking the posters of these ads to remove these posts within a reasonable timeframe if they do not plan to also place the ads in the job bank. Once a paid job ad is in the ATHE job bank, we are happy to re-post or retain the posting in Facebook, for ATHE Facebook members who prefer that outlet, for financial or other reasons. The simultaneous posting, to my mind, as an association leader, holds institutions accountable for the opportunity to reach highly qualified job seeking ATHE members, while allowing the ad to be seen by the most people possible.

Rest assured that given trends in social media use for career planning and job acquisition, ATHE, along with many other institutions, is re-thinking how to best utilize our social media options of ATHE members and the profession at large. We plan to discuss these issues at the Governing Council's mid-year meeting. We will be in touch as we continue to think through these challenges and opportunities.

We are proud of the vitality of the ATHE Facebook page and all of the energy you are pouring into it.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestion that you may have at president@athe.org.


Stars of the Stage and Page: Call for ATHE 2016
Award Nominations

Who do you consider a "star" artist, teacher, or scholar? Whose work do you seek out and admire, whether on stage or in scholarship? Whose achievements most inspire you to "reach for the stars" and strive for excellence in your own work? Here is your opportunity to honor that individual’s accomplishments.

ATHE gives four prestigious awards recognizing the outstanding lifetime or career achievements of individuals whose excellent work has made a sustained and meaningful impact on the fields of educational and professional theatre:

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

To nominate a “superstar” for one of these awards, write an impassioned letter of nomination and solicit up to ten letters of support. More information on criteria and the details of each award is located on the ATHE website. The deadline for submissions is 15 February 2016.

ATHE awards excellence in scholarly projects published in the last year:

Outstanding Book
Outstanding Article in a Scholarly Journal

The deadline for submissions for Outstanding Book is 31 December 2015 and the deadline for submissions for Outstanding Article is 15 February 2016.

ATHE recognizes excellence in editing of an individual project, or in sustained excellence for a lifetime body of work. These categories are awarded every other year, with publications from the previous two years eligible. In 2016 we will be honoring excellence in an individual project:

Excellence in Editing

The deadline for submissions for Excellence in Editing is 15 February 2016.

ATHE honors excellence in Playwriting via two awards:

Jane Chambers
ATHE Excellence in Playwriting

The deadline for submissions for the ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award is 1 November 2015. The deadline the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award is 15 February 2016.

In 2016, ATHE and ASTR will begin to jointly honor excellence in digital scholarship with the inaugural presentation of the award:

Excellence in Digital Scholarship

The deadline for submissions for Excellence in Digital Scholarship is 15 February 2016.

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


Theatre Topics Inroduces Online-Only Content

Beginning with the September 2015 issue (25.3), Theatre Topics is publishing Notes from the Field, peer-reviewed essays, and other materials, that will only be available online through Project Muse and the ATHE website. This new initiative is meant to generate discussion of the works in online forums and take advantage of such an environment to enhance the kinds of materials that are shared, analyzed, and discussed for the Theatre Topics and ATHE communities. The first installment, Rob Roznowksi’s manifesto “Transforming Actor Education in the Digital Age,” is currently available at https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theatre_topics/v025/25.3.roznowski.html; the discussion forum can be found at http://www.athe.org/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1156321. For future issues we will be expanding the discussions and offering content that depends upon and engages more fully with online and digital environments. If you have comments, suggestions, or are interested in submitting material to be considered for this initiative, please contact Peter A. Campbell, the Online Editor for Theatre Topics, at pcampbel@ramapo.edu.


Call for Papers: Performance Studies international (PSi)

PSi#22: Performance Climates

6-9 July 2016 at the University of Melbourne, Australia

www.psi2016.com

Keynote speakers: Richard Frankland, Bruno Latour, Rebecca Schneider, Peta Tait

  • Climates in, of, and for performance
  • The performativity of climates
  • Performance and climate change

Climates of many scales and durations testify to the irreducible complexity of the modern world. Diffuse in structure and unpredictable in their effects, they are both the general conditions in which events take place, and the ambience produced as a result. Performance Climates invites participants to explore the qualities and component parts of these intricate, elusive, yet all-encompassing phenomena.

Performance events have long served as potent sites for the creation of atmospheres and affects. Today, performance arts and inter-disciplinary scholarship are increasingly reflecting on the climactic conditions within which societies function, and under which life can best flourish. Activism, art-science collaborations and new theatre aesthetics provide provocative means of interpreting and acting upon such circumstances. And innovative research methodologies and new conceptual paradigms offer ways of re-thinking this radically inter-connected world across many scales of human and non-human activity.

It is in this context that research into performance intersects with climate change. A fact of life for increasing numbers of people, animals and other organisms, there is widespread agreement that action is required to mitigate its effects. Creative responses are needed in many domains: from governance and policy, through technology and economics, to daily life and the ways people interact with each other and the world around them. Cultural practice is integral to all these domains. And as artists and scholars work to apprehend the scale and complexity of the problem, performing arts practice and performance interpretation more broadly conceived have distinctive contributions to make to this project.

Taking place a year after PSi explored a radical model of distributed conferencing (www.fluidstates.org), Performance Climates will invite consideration of all these issues, along with the question of whether Performance Studies is adapting appropriately to new conditions, institutional frameworks, and localized challenges, while undergoing its own global transformations. These issues are intensified by the location of the conference in Australia, where debates over biodiversity and energy use, and land custodianship and resource extraction, are politically fraught and bear directly on the country’s populations.

We therefore invite papers and performative presentations exploring how performance creates, illuminates, and participates in climates of all scales and compositions. Four themed days will then structure and focus the conference as follows:

Day 1: Weather and Events
Day 2: Land and Durations
Day 3: Habitat and Environments
Day 4: Atmosphere and Affects

Submissions open 1 November 2015.
Submissions close 1 December 2015.
See psi2016.com for details.


The Patron Murders by Edwin Wilson

Edwin Wilson, a member of ATHE for over 40 years, taught at Hunter College in New York City and at the CUNY Graduate Center. Now retired from teaching, he was also, from 1972 to 1944, the theatre critic of The Wall Street Journal. While teaching at Hunter, Wilson began to write theatre textbooks published by McGraw-Hill. His intro book The Theatre Experience appeared last year in its 13th edition. His other intro book, Theatre: The Lively Art (written with co-author Alvin Goldfarb) came out this year in its 9th edition. His theatre history book, Living Theatre, also co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb, is currently in its 6th edition. The 7th edition of Living Theatre will be published in 2017 by W. W. Norton & Co. In many years over the past four decades, each of the three texts has been the most widely used text in its field.

In his retirement, Wilson has recently entered an entirely new field – fiction, specifically the murder mystery. His book The Patron Murders was published earlier in the fall by Prospecta Press. ATHE members will be interested to know that the hero of the book is a full-time stage actor who is also an amateur detective, one who, through the years, has helped the NYPD solve a number of crimes. During the course of The Patron Murders the actor, Matt Johanssen, is in rehearsal for a play about to open on Broadway. There are three murders in the book, two of them sensational homicides taking place in well-known arts institutions: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. Johanssen is instrumental in solving all three murders. While this is occurring, the book also follows the rehearsals of the play in which Matt is appearing.

The book may be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at independent bookstores. For more information, visit the book’s website:

http://www.edwinwilsonwrites.com/


Call for Submissions for VASTA’s Voice and Speech Review

ATHE members will be keenly interested in the publishing opportunities afforded by VASTA’s Voice and Speech Review! We publish three issues a year electronically that are bound and published as an omnibus hard copy annually. This is an important journal in the field of performance, voice and speech and communication. VASTA members, also have free access to the Theatre, Dance and Performance Training journal. Contact Editor Jeff Morrison on our website for details. Also on the website you can find terrific resources about the field for actor training. VASTA’s next annual conference: Chicago Aug 8-11, 2016. After that, plans are for Singapore!

VASTA website


Call for Applications for Theatre Journal Book Review Editor

Theatre Journal is accepting applications for the position of Book Review Editor. Responsibilities include: commissioning reviews of books relating to theatre and performance; editing reviews; and establishing and maintaining relationships with book publishers. The Book Review Editor is also an ex officio member of the ATHE Research and Publications Committee.

The Book Review Editor will serve a three-year term beginning in Jan. 2017 and ending in Dec. 2019. Theatre Journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal featuring social and historical studies and theoretical inquiries that analyze dramatic texts and production.

Please email a letter of interest outlining qualifications, a current CV, and two letters of recommendation to Soyica Colbert, ATHE Vice President for Research and Publications, at sdc71@georgetown.edu. Complete applications are due by Dec. 1, 2015.

Call for Applications for Theatre Journal Performance Review Editor

Theatre Journal is accepting applications for the position of Performance Review Editor. Responsibilities include: commissioning reviews of theatre and dance performances in the United States and internationally, fielding queries about conducting reviews, and editing reviews. The Performance Review Editor is also an ex officio member of the ATHE Research and Publications Committee.

The Performance Review Editor will serve a three-year term beginning in Jan. 2017 and ending in Dec. 2019. Theatre Journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal featuring social and historical studies and theoretical inquiries that analyze dramatic texts and production.

Please email a letter of interest outlining qualifications, a current CV, and two letters of recommendation to Soyica Colbert, ATHE Vice President for Research and Publications, at sdc71@georgetown.edu. Complete applications are due by Dec. 1, 2015.