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Pre-conference details!

Posted By Laurelann Porter, Benedictine University, Friday, July 20, 2018

Hello LGBTQ members!

For those of you arriving in Boston by Tuesday evening and/or Wednesday all day, please consider coming to our pre-conference! I've attached a PDF with details. Dinner is complimentary. You only need to pay for your own drinks.

You can attend all or part of the pre-conference, just email me at to confirm your spot. There is no cost for your attendance. (We know how expensive ATHE can be and we wanted this to be a free event for all!) The only portion that requires a small payment is the late night cabaret on Tuesday evening at Bella Luna right after our dinner. That event is co-sponsored by the Performance Studies focus group. For details, consult the pre-conference page for Performance Studies.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Boston!


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Bad and Nasty Collective Press Release

Posted By Aaron C. Thomas, University of Central Florida, Thursday, February 2, 2017

Posting on behalf of Sara Warner.

Are you a bad hombre, a nasty woman, a Trump voter with buyer’s remorse? Will
you be celebrating February 20 as Not My President’s Day? If so, join us in staging a
nationwide day of protest through performance.

BAD AND NASTY (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) is a loose knit coalition of
artists and activists from the US and beyond who are tired of waking up every
morning since Election Day 2016 feeling angry, scared, and sad, and not having
anything useful to do with those emotions. The collective is the brainchild of Holly
Hughes (who fought Jessie Helms for her artistic freedom all the way to the Supreme
Court) and Lois Weaver (co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre, Split Britches, and
WOW Café Theatre).

Our collective has over 1700 members, and counting, from across the country and
around the globe, throughout the month of February. There may be an event
happening near you. If not, create one (or brand an existing performance as “bad
and nasty”) and add it to our website. Our DIY technology toolkit will make it easy
to promote your work.

Go to our website, join our FaceBook group, and follow us on
social media: Twitter: @badnastyevents; Tumblr: @badandnastyevents; Instagram:
@badnastyevents; and YouTube.

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New Masculinities Festival in NYC on May 2, 2015

Posted By Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Sunday, April 26, 2015

The New Masculinities Festival
Saturday, May 2
The Clemente Soto V
élez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk St, NYC

Tickets: $10/$20
Get your ticket now!

A day of performances and dialogue breathing new life into what it means to be a man.


Performances include plays, monologues, poetry, spoken word, dance, and music. Topics include sex scandals, incarceration, coming of age, life in rural Albania, and imaginary girlfriends.  See the full schedule online.

Facilitated dialogues follow performances.  Come speak, or simply listen.

More details at

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Call for Papers for ATHE 2015

Posted By Frank Miller, Sunday, October 5, 2014


A Multidisciplinary Panel for the LGBTQ and Religion and Theatre Focus Groups

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Conference 2015

Call for Papers


The proposed panel seeks to explore the intersection of queerness and Catholicism in theatrical performance by bringing together scholars with interests in LGBTQ studies and religion in theatre to present 15-20 minutes papers on the work of theatre artists from Catholic communities. With our presence in Montreal, a natural choice would be LGBTQ French-Canadian playwrights and performance practitioners, but the panel could include presentations on people from a variety of ethnic, national and cultural backgrounds that have been strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. That influence can be revealed directly, through the artist's depiction of Catholicism in her/his work, or indirectly as an influence on the artist's approach to theatre, worldview, etc. As an example, I will be writing about the failure of knowledge in Normand Chaurette's plays, primarily Provincetown Playhouse, July 1919 and Fragments of a Farewell Letter Read by Geologists, as both a reflection of faith and a reaction against church dogma.


If you'd like to participate in this panel, please contact me at with your name, affiliation, proposed title (which can be changed later), email address and phone number so I may put in the proposal in a timely manner. I would like to receive proposals by October 20 at the latest.

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From ForePLAY to Wet Dreams: The LGBTQ Focus Group’s Outside-of-the-Box Pre-Conference

Posted By Cassidy Browning, Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In 2013, the LGBTQ Focus Group found success in Orlando with an outside-of-the-box pre-conference format—a performance cabaret cosponsored by the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Black Theatre Association, the Latino/Latina Focus Group, the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, and the Women and Theatre Program, which offered ATHE members an opportunity to perform and socialize across focus groups. Unlike previous LGBTQ Focus Group pre-conferences that have taken place in the morning or afternoon, ForePLAY was held the night before the conference proper. While the change in schedule helped to mark the event as “play,” it was also a more cost-effective solution to rising conference expenses, as it allowed participants to choose a shorter hotel stay. The later start-time also demonstrated our focus group’s interest in and commitment to trans-disciplinarity and collaboration, as it afforded those with interest in other focus groups’ pre-conferences a chance to participate in the LGBTQ pre-conference event.

The LGBTQ Focus Group has again taken a queer approach to programming for the 2014 pre-conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, which will take place on Wednesday, July 23. Building upon the ATHE 2014 conference theme, our pre-conference, titled Wet Dreams, looks to the in-between status of a pre-conference as that which exists both inside and outside the official conference structure to craft a space where members can imagine and desire as freely as they might in slumber. Scheduled events include an interactive installation paying tribute to the contributions of José Esteban Muñoz and a “Dream Date” with pre-conference Queernote speaker John Fletcher. Other featured participants in sessions on “Closet Research” topics and devising manifestos from our work as practitioner/teacher/scholars include Cassidy C Browning, Joshua Bastian Cole, Bud Coleman, Meiver del la Cruz, Nikki Eschen, Shane Grant, James McMaster, Frank Miller, Wes Pearce, Aaron C. Thomas, Bryan Vandevender, and Ron Zank.

To help ensure affordability and access, the 2014 LGBTQ pre-conference will take place in the conference hotel, begin late in the day, and continue into the night. Generous support from ATHE has allowed the LGBTQ Focus Group to waive pre-conference registration fees - although a $5 (or more) donation would be greatly appreciated. We also encourage all ATHE attendees to participate in creating the Banned Books altara facilitated by the Latino/Latina Focus Group and join the Women and Theatre pre-conference, which will honor LGBTQ Focus Group member Joan Lipkin for her achievements in activism and performance and feature her as their keynote speaker. 

For more details about our pre-conference, please see the schedule included below:

Dreaming Utopia: Registration and Happy Hour

Only in Dreams: Closet Research Projects

Dreamsicle: Dinner and Conversation at La Hacienda

Dream Date with John Fletcher: A Queernote Presentation

Sweet Dreams (Are Made of Theory): From Practice to Manifesto

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LGBTQ / WTP Debut Panel Call for Papers - Deadline: 4/15/14

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 3, 2014

We invite submissions to a competitive debut panel jointly presented by the Women and Theatre Program (WTP) and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Focus Group at the 2014 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference. Any graduate student who has not presented academic work at ATHE, or any faculty member or independent scholar who has not yet presented at a national conference, is invited to submit presentations for consideration. Papers must engage women’s and/or LGBTQ issues in relation to any aspect of theatre and performance. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2014.

Jennifer DeVere Brody will serve as the respondent for the conference presentation. Professor Brody is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stanford University and Affiliate in the CCSRE. Her two books, Impossible Purities (1998) and Punctuation: Art, Politics, and Play (2008), bave been published by Duke University Press. Her scholarship has also appeared in Theatre Journal, Signs, Genders, Callaloo, Text and Performance Quarterly and in several edited volumes.

A committee composed of select WTP and LGBTQ Focus Group board members will vet submissions. Depending on the variety and quality of submissions, three or four essays will be chosen for inclusion on the debut panel. Those selected may also receive a small cash award, which may be used to offset costs associated with conference attendance.

The 2014 ATHE conference will be held July 24-27, 2014 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate fees for the conference. For information on the conference (including applicable costs), please visit the conferences page on the ATHE website at this link..  

Papers should be an appropriate length for a fifteen-minute presentation (approximately eight pages).  Submit your paper as an MS Word attachment to Jason Fitzgerald ( To maintain anonymity, please do not put your name in the body of the paper. Instead, use the first page of the document as a cover sheet, and include the title of your paper, your name, address, telephone number, and email address. Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decisions in May 2014. Questions or concerns may be directed to Jason Fitzgerald or Rose Malague (, conference planners for LGBTQ and WTP respectively.

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