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ATHE's 25th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
August 11-14, 2011
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

The Lobby of the Palmer House

"Performance Remains, Global Presence:
Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures"
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel - Chicago, IL - August 11-14, 2011

During its first 25 years, ATHE has played a crucial role in advancing theatre and performance in higher education in North America. This year's conference pauses to celebrate ATHE's unique impact and to advance these conversations in ways that transcend national borders and disciplinary lines. As we move forward, how can we build on ATHE's strength for bringing together artists and scholars to better respond to and shape the discipline of theatre and performance?

Returning to Chicago, the site of ATHE’s founding, challenges us to think about theatre’s insistence on repetition and presence. Theatre necessarily exists in the present, but how does this live moment remember the past and imagine the future? How might we re-imagine the place of performance beyond boundaries of time and space, nation and discipline, practitioner and scholar?

Click on any of the links below for information about the 2011 Conference - ATHE's 25th!

A Welcome from the 2011 ATHE Conference Co Vice Presidents,
Josh Abrams and Gwendolyn Alker

(.pdf file, 1.3MB)

Conference Highlights and Paid Workshops
Keynote Performance, Conference Paid Performance,
Ticket Blocks at Local Theatres!

(.pdf file, 803KB)

Helpful Guide for First-Time Attendees, Conference Paid Performance, and
Focus Group Membership Meetings

Times and Dates of Important Sessions like the Awards Ceremony, Keynote, Raffle Drawings, the Plenary, and the Forum, plus Reverend Billy!
(.pdf file, 643 KB)

All-Conference Plenary, Plenary Response Panels,
and the All-Conference Forum
(.pdf file, 1.2MB)

  • All-Conference Plenary: Interdisciplinarity in Global Contexts - Featuring Pascale Lecoq, Miguel Rubio, Mshai Mwangola, & Marin Blazevic

  • Plenary Response Panel: Interdisciplinarity in Local Contexts - Panels Exploring Interdisciplinary Challenges that Face Us Today
  • The All-Conference Forum - ATHE at 25: What's Next - Past Presidents of ATHE Join Current President Steve Peters for a Look at ATHE's Future

Special Conference Offerings, Keynote Performance, Staged Performances

Group Tickets for Conference Attendees
Split Britches Performs
Lost Lounge
Other Conference Staged Performances

(.pdf file, 2.8 MB)

Paid Workshops
Dexter Bullard and Plasticene
Nathan Allen and The House Theatre: The Ethics of a Popular Theatre
Miguel Rubio: Tools for the Actor in the Process of Collective Creativity

NOTE: The Miguel Rubio Zapata paid workshop will now be conducted in Spanish with English translation, so please sign up as soon as possible.
Pascale Lecoq: LEM Laboratory of Movement Studies Mimodynamic Aproach
of the Human Body in Relation to Spac
Cathy Reinking: How to Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film

(.pdf file, 2.2MB)

ATHE Leadership Institute ® Pre-Conference Workshop
Gregory Northcraft, Leadership Expert, and
Dr. Al Goldfarb, President of Western Illinois University

ATHE Membership Meeting & Exhibition Hall Information
Help Celebrate ATHE's 25 Years!:
Breakfasts, Raffles, and the Opening Reception

Exhibitors and Advertisers as of May 26 Include:
City University of New York, School of Professional Studies M.A. in Applied Theatre
Actor's Biomechanics Lab
Actors from the London Stage Shakespeare at Notre Dame
Focus Publishing, R. Pullins Co. Inc.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Methuen Drama / Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
Northwestern University Press
Northwestern University - Theatre & Performance Studies
Roehampton University
Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group
Stanford University Drama Department
TDR / The Drama Review
The Scholar's Choice
Theatre Communications Group
University of Michigan Press
Wadsworth Cengage Learning
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

(.pdf file, 2.2 MB)

Registration Information

Hotel Information

Focus Group Pre-Conferences and Debut Panels
Pre-Conferences: AAP, ATME, LGBT, PSFG, PACT & TASC, Theatre History & Theory Criticism, VASTA
Debut Panels: Acting; ATDS, BTA, & LFG; Directing, Dramaturgy, LGBT, Music Theatre/Dance, Performance Studies, Religion & Theatre, TASC, Theatre History, Theatre Management, VASTA, WTP

All-Conference Programming and Daily Listings of Sessions
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View the exhibitor and advertiser prospectus (.pdf file).

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