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New Governing Council Members


Patricia Herrera is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Richmond. Her teaching and research focus on contemporary theater and performance with an emphasis on social justice, identity politics, and community formation. Her book manuscript, under contract with the University of Michigan Press, critically examines the work of the female artists of the Nuyorican Poets Café between 1973-2010. She has published articles in the African American Review, Public: A Journal of Imagining America, Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy, and Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS.

Vision Statement: It is an honor to be nominated for ATHE’s Secretary position. Since 2003, I have served several leadership positions within the Latina/o Focus Group, including Focus Group Representative, Conference Planner, Secretary, and Graduate Student Representative. Currently, I am a member of the ATHE Conference Planning Committee. This experience has equipped me with important skills that I hope to use in the capacity as secretary. I will diligently work to foster communication and archival management of important records to ensure the continuity and legacy of ATHE. ATHE has been a pivotal part of my professional development, and I welcome the opportunity to give back to this community.
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Scott Shattuck first joined ATHE in 1988. A Finance Committee member since 2008, he is treasurer of the Directing Focus Group. He attended the ATHE Leadership Institute® twice and has been a mentor three times. Scott is director of the School of Theatre at Stephen F. Austin State University, and formerly director of theatre at Marymount College, director of the London Dramatic Academy, producing artistic director of Jean Cocteau Repertory, and chair of the Dramatic Arts Department at Dickinson College. From 1995 to 2007 he was also a financial consultant for nonprofit theatres in NYC.

Vision Statement: In this time of rapid change, ATHE’s role in keeping us connected to colleagues nationally and internationally is more vital than ever. We need to increase access to ATHE for faculty members, artists, students, theatre departments and smaller programs at a time when money is scarce. We also need to support ATHE’s efforts to bring us together to collaborate, learn, strategize, and inspire one another throughout the year (between conferences). What new efficiencies could allow us do these things? What new income streams might we open? I would be honored to work with the members, focus groups, the Finance Committee, and the Governing Council on these tough questions.


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Vice President-Elect for Conference 2016

 Kelly Howe, based in Oak Park, Illinois, is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies at North Central College. Kelly served two terms as President of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) and twice co-chaired PTO’s international conference. She is a member of the ATHE 2014 Conference Committee and secretary of the Theatre and Social Change Focus Group. Her writing appears in Theatre Topics, Theatre Journal, TPQ, etc. She recently co-edited, with Julian Boal and Scot McElvany, Theatre of the Oppressed in Actions: An Audio-Visual Introduction to Boal’s Forum Theatre.

Vision Statement: ATHE’s 30th anniversary returns us to Chicago, a city I call home. I would collaborate with the Governing Council and conference committee to facilitate a dynamic gathering that respects the diverse needs of ATHE’s many constituencies, aims to attract new participants, and attends carefully to multiple forms of accessibility. The conference should host all the reflection on pasts/presents/futures that milestones inspire, while also exploring our responsibilities to communities outside our membership. An experienced conference planner and organizational administrator, I would be a conscientious steward of resources and work hard to balance local, national, and international interests and opportunities.
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Vice President for Membership and Marketing

Chase Bringardner is an Associate Professor at Auburn University and holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism/Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Book Review Editor of Theatre Topics and is the immediate past Vice President of Conference (Orlando, 2013). His research centers on popular entertainments, with specific focus on regional identity construction and intersections of race, gender, and class. He has contributed articles and reviews to publications such as Theatre Topics and Theatre Journal.

Vision Statement:
Since joining our association in 2001, ATHE has served as my primary professional community, enriching and enlarging my perceptions of theatre artistry, pedagogy, scholarship, and activism. As V.P. of Conference, Focus Group Representative, Conference Planner, Membership and Marketing Committee member, and Conference Committee organizer, I learned the vital role ATHE has in encouraging, facilitating, and sustaining dialogue. As V.P. of Membership and Marketing, I would strongly advocate for our membership and facilitate your involvement in the association. ATHE is its members, and the Governing Council needs to hear your diverse range of voices. In giving voice to your ideas and investments, I believe I can help ATHE face the challenges of an ever-evolving field.
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Vice President for Research and Publications

Soyica Colbert is Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of The African American Theatrical Body: Reception, Performance and the Stage (2011), several articles in South Atlantic Quarterly, Boundary 2, African American Review and Theatre Topics, and editor of the Black Performance special issue of African American Review (2012). Colbert is currently working on a second book project entitled Black Movements: Performance and Politics and an edited volume entitled Do You Want to Be Well: The Psychic Hold of Slavery. She has served ATHE as the BTA Focus Group Representative and Conference Planner as well as a member of the 2013 Conference Committee.

Vision Statement: The V.P of Research and Publications stewards the ongoing ATHE research agenda and promotes, envisions, and helps to implement new publication and research initiatives. It is my experience that conferences serve as rich environments to develop research and publications. Given the ever-evolving nature of academic publishing in print and digital mediums, as the V.P of Research and Publications, I would strive to provide spaces within the conference and throughout the academic year for collaborative research, project development, and mentoring for each stage of the research and publication process.


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Nominating Committee Member

Sara Warner is an associate professor in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. Her first book, Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure, received the Outstanding Book Award from ATHE, an Honorable Mention for the ASTR Barnard Hewitt Award, and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. She is working on two manuscripts: Suzan Lori Parks on Stage and Screen and SCUM: The Life and Times of Valerie Solanas. Sara has served as President of WTP, Drama Division Delegate for the MLA, and Secretary of ATHE.

Vision Statement: As a member of the Nominating Committee, I will work to identify a diverse pool of innovative, dedicated, and passionate candidates to run for election on the ATHE Governing Council, candidates who will promote the mission of the organization by serving as fierce advocates for theater artists, scholars, and teachers while laboring to develop and implement novel approaches to creating work in a discipline that is very much in flux.
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