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The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

Posted By Vicki Hoskins, University of Pittsburgh, Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Music Theatre and Dance Focus Group is pleased to announce its Call for Papers for The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance. Panelists whose papers are selected will present their papers at the ATHE conference in Chicago and their essays will also appear in Studies in Musical Theatre. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in the fields of music theatre, dance scholarship, or performance studies with music/dance components. Please circulate the CFP to your students or consider submitting yourself! 

The CFP is listed below and it is attached to this blog post in a convenient PDF format.  

Please circulate the CFP widely and help us find the next group of MT/D super stars!

 

Call for Papers

ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group:

The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

 

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/ Dance at the 2016 ATHE conference in Chicago, Illinois, August 11 - August 14, 2016. This annual panel is held in memory of Professor Bruce Kirle, scholar of musical theatre and longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group. Along with presenting in Chicago, the successful panelists will have their papers published in the esteemed journal Studies in Musical Theatre.

 

Dr. Stuart Hecht, Associate Professor of Theatre at Boston College, will serve as this year’s respondent and editor for the panelist’s articles in Studies in Musical Theatre. In addition to teaching and directing, Dr. Hecht has published and presented extensively on the subject of the American Musical and Jewish identity. He is the author of Transposing Broadway: Jews, Assimilation and the American Musical (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). He is also the long-standing Editor-in-Chief of New England Theatre Journal, sits on the board of the New England Theatre Conference, and is past treasurer and membership secretary of the American Theatre and Drama Society. His articles in theatre history have appeared in Theatre History Studies, Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Theatre Journal, Chicago History, The Journal of Popular Culture, among others. Dr. Hecht was also named to the New England Theatre Conference’s College of Fellows. Dr. Hecht was an advisory board member for, and appeared as an interviewee in, the Peabody Award-winning PBS documentary, “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.”

 

Paper submissions may address any area within the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, which encompasses opera, operetta, musical theatre, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy of music theatre and dance.

 

Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not yet presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not previously presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on music theatre or dance topics at any other national conference prior to the submission date, and papers may not be cross-submitted to other ATHE panels for the 2016 conference. Scholars may, however, present or serve on other panels at this conference. For consideration, please e-mail your paper, 10 to 12 pages in length, as a Microsoft Word attachment to the MT/D Graduate Representatives, Vicki Hoskins and Janet Werther at mtdgradrep@gmail.com by February 1, 2016. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but remove your name from the body of the essay. A committee of select MT/D officers and senior scholars will select three papers for inclusion on this competitive panel. The authors selected will be expected to attend the August conference and to present their papers there. They will receive a yearlong subscription to the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect Books), and their essays will be prepared for publication in that journal. Presenters will also receive a small honorarium and a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle's Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family. Please direct any and all questions to Vicki Hoskins and Janet Werther at mtdgradrep@gmail.com. For more information on the ATHE 2016 conference, visit http://www.athe.org.

 

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Conference 2015 Session Proposals: Just In Time

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Just in time.
I found you just in time.
Before you came my time,
Was running low.


The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2015 meeting of ATHE in Montreal is less than five days away. If you are receiving this message and find that you have just now arrived at the panel development party, then welcome! You are just in time! You have until this coming Saturday (November 1) to submit your session proposals to the ATHE website. 

If you are wanting to participate in a session at the Montreal conference, but have yet to align yourself with a panel, then head over to the Music Theatre/Dance webpage (http://www.athe.org/group/MTD) today! Several MT/D members are looking for session participants and have posted queries to our blogs and discussion forums. In particular, Stephanie Dean is interested in proposing a practice-based workshop and posted a call for collaborators (http://www.athe.org/blogpost/1090175/200574/Workshop-Proposal). Additionally, Robert Dean (no relation to Stephanie, I believe) is working to organize a paper panel on musical theatre and dance performances developed during periods of conflict (http://www.athe.org/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1022966). If you are currently unattached and have something to contribute, be sure to contact them!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns prior to submitting your final proposal, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I have enjoyed conversing with many of you over e-mail these past few weeks and am excited about the array of panels that have been described to me thus far. I will say that I have not heard much in terms of multi-disciplinary panels – and would very much like to! One of the easiest ways to increase the reach and attendance of your session is to join forces with other focus groups committee and propose a multi-disciplinary panel. If you plan to propose a multi-disciplinary session, do remember that you will need to query the other focus groups and/or committees from which you will be requesting co-sponsorship.

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Call for Papers ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

Posted By Barrie Gelles, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As many of you may know, the Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/ Dance is a wonderful feature of our focus group. Many of our current members have been featured in this panel over the years.  Past debut panelists include Kati Donavan, Kathryn Edney, Sandra Graham, Vicki Hoskins, Bryan M. Vadevender, and many others who have since taken on leadership roles in our focus group.

The CFP is listed below and it is attached to this blog post in a convenient PDF format.  

Please circulate the CFP widely and help us find the next group of MT/D super stars!

 

Call for Papers

ATHE’s Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group: 

The Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance

 

The Music Theatre/Dance (MT/D) Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) announces its call for papers for the Bruce Kirle Memorial Debut Panel in Music Theatre/Dance at the 2015 ATHE conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 30- August 2, 2015

 

This annual panel is held in memory of Professor Bruce Kirle, scholar of musical theatre and longtime member of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group. Dr. Bud Coleman, Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder, will serve as this year’s respondent. In addition to his work as a director and choreographer, Professor Coleman has published on the subjects of women in musical theatre and gender in performance, as well as the textbook (co-written with Pamyla Stiehl), Back Stage Pass and the edited collection, Women In American Musical Theatre: Essays on Composers, Lyricists, Librettists, Arrangers, Choreographers, Designers, Directors, Producers and Performance Artists (co-edited by Judith A. Sebesta). The recipient of a 2008 U.S. State Department Cultural Envoy Grant and a 2009–2010 Fulbright Fellowship, he is currently investigating the role of theatre criticism in the 21st century.

 

Paper submissions may concern any area within the purview of the Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group, which encompasses opera, operetta, musical theatre, dance theatre, performance art with music or dance elements, and pedagogy of music theatre and dance. Submissions are open to graduate students and scholars who have not yet presented at a national conference, as well as established scholars who have not previously presented or published in the areas of music theatre or dance. Scholars must not be scheduled to present on music theatre or dance topics at any other national conference prior to the submission date, and papers may not be cross-submitted to other ATHE panels for the 2015 conference. Scholars may, however, present or serve on other panels at this conference.

 

For consideration, please e-mail your paper, 10 to 12 pages in length, as a Microsoft Word attachment to Barrie Gelles at mtdgradrep@gmail.com by February 1, 2015. Please include a cover page with your name, paper title, institutional affiliation, and contact information, but remove your name from the body of the essay.

 

A committee of select MT/D officers and senior scholars will select three papers for inclusion on this competitive panel. The authors selected will be expected to attend the July/August conference and to present their papers there. They will receive a yearlong subscription to the journal Studies in Musical Theatre (Intellect Books), and their essays will be prepared for publication in that journal. Presenters will also receive a complimentary copy of Bruce Kirle’s Unfinished Show Business, generously donated by his family.

 

Please direct any and all questions to Barrie Gelles at mtdgradrep@gmail.com. For more information on the ATHE 2015 conference, visit http://www.athe.org.

 

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Book roundtable call for participants

Posted By Kathryn Edney, Regis College, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MT/D Book Discussion Roundtable: Marvin Carlson’s The Haunted Stage


 Engaging with the ATHE 2015 Conference Theme of "Je Me Souviens/I Remember," this book discussion roundtable sponsored by the Music Theatre/Dance focus group seeks a wide variety of scholars to re-remember a classic text in theater scholarship, Marvin Carlson’s The Haunted Stage.
 
Any scholar from any of ATHE’s focus groups is welcome to submit to this roundtable, with the understanding that a significant part of the framework for the discussion will involve the ways in which Carlson’s theories of ghosting and memory can be applied to musical theater.
 

Please note that if selected for the roundtable, participants must purchase their own copy of the book. In preparation for a fruitful in-person discussion during the conference itself, participants will engage in an online exchange of ideas prior to the conference.

 

Please submit your name, contact information, and a 100-word description of how you hope to contribute to this book discussion to: Dr. Kathryn Edney (kathryn.edney@hotmail.com) by October 27.

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Conference 2015 Session Proposals: Remember? Remember?

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The funny little games that we played-

Remember? Remember?

- - -  

Yesterday, as I walked from one end of my campus to the other, I tried to think of as many musicals as I could that address the subject of memory—particularly works in which memories or the act of remembering play a significant dramaturgical role. My list included the following works:

 Ballroom

The Boy From Oz

A Chorus Line

A Class Act

Fiorello!

Follies

Fun Home

Funny Girl

Grey Gardens

Hallelujah, Baby!

The Happy Time

Lady in the Dark

A Little Night Music

Lorelei

Merrily We Roll Along

My Favorite Year

Nine

Now. Here. This.

On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Passing Strange

The Rink

Road Show

The Will Rodgers Follies

Given the parameters that I gave myself, the inclusion of some of these works is certainly debatable. However, it occurs to me that any of these musicals could serve as the subject for conference paper or even a panel at ATHE 2015.

Now I would like to challenge you to play this funny little game with me. What other musicals dealing in memory can you identify? I have posted this list of musicals in the ATHE 2015 CFP discussion forum on our MT/D website. To participate, follow this link [http://www.athe.org/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1016198] and add your titles. You can also debate titles that I have included. I then challenge you to think about how you might tailor a paper or panel to these works.

Let the game begin!

As you work to solidify your proposal plans for the November 1 deadline, please remember to inform the MT/D leadership. You are more than welcome contact me via e-mail (vandeveb@uwosh.edu) to share session ideas. You may also include me in your e-mail correspondence with other MT/D members.

I have included the formal MT/D Call for Papers to this blog posting. Please feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues.

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Conference 2015: MT/D Call for Papers

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group Call for Papers

Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference

July 30-Aug 2, 2015 | Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, Canada

 

The Music Theatre/Dance Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites panel proposals for the 2015 conference. Panel proposals must be submitted to the ATHE website by November 1, 2014.

 

This year’s conference theme—Je me souviens (I Remember/Lest We Forget)—is particularly provocative for music theatre and dance scholars as memory (its construction, re-construction, preservation, and circulation) often plays a central role in our work as historians, theorists, actors, directors, and choreographers.

 

Possible avenues of investigation include:

·      The materials that we use to remember past musical theatre and dance performances.

·      The role that nostalgia plays in our memory of musical theatre and dance performances.

·      The role that memory plays in the production or reception of revivals or adaptations.

·      The role that memory plays in the re-creation of musical theatre and dance repertoire.

·      The ways in which memory organizes and sustains fan communities

 

The 2015 conference theme also acknowledges Canada’s histories of colonialism and nationalism. The theme and conference location also invites us to consider questions of transnationalism, globalization, and musical theatre/dance performance created outside of the United States.

 

In addition to the traditional format of panels and papers, MT/D welcomes proposals for practice-based workshops or interactive, site specific, and alternative-format presentations. Presenters submitting proposals outside of the traditional panel format are asked to be very specific in their proposals concerning the structure and number of participants so that ATHE can be advised about space/time needs.

 

More details on the 2015 conference theme are provided below:

 

ATHE 2015 Je me souviens (I Remember/Lest We Forget)

Quebec’s simple but provocative motto, which is not without controversy over interpretation, caught our imagination — both metaphorically and geographically. It invokes thoughts of remembering — remembering theatre at its best, when its immediacy and humanness is embraced, remembering our past and how it points to the future, and remembering our power to instigate change.

As most of our members will cross the national border of Canada and the provincial border of Quebec—which is recognized as a nation within Canada, and onto territory claimed by the First Nations Iroquois people, “Je me souviens” can be defined by considerations of place as well. Issues of country/isolation/assimilation that began in Phoenix, as well as acts of revolt/revolution, quiet and otherwise, give rise to consideration of the silences, the unsaid, the gestures, the sub-text, the dangers, the misunderstandings, the non-discursive in the “in-between” terrain between cultures, countries, and constituencies in Canada and beyond. Building on this, we can also embrace inter/trans-national and inter/trans-cultural exchanges in performance texts, process, or production.

 

There are a range of resources available on the ATHE website to help you through the proposal process, including a webinar on submitting a successful proposal: http://athe.site-ym.com/general/custom.asp?page=152.

 

To submit a proposal online, please use the following link: http://www.athe.org/?2015SessProp_1.

 

Panel proposers are asked to keep Bryan M. Vandevender (vandeveb@uwosh.edu), the MT/D focus group conference planner, informed of planned submissions, ALONG WITH making the formal submission online.

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Conference 2015 Session Proposals: A Very Good Place to Start

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Friday, September 26, 2014
With the November 1 deadline fast approaching, I trust that many of you are in the midst of preparing your session proposals for the 2015 ATHE Conference in Montréal. If you are wanting to propose a session, but struggling to find an idea upon which to build it, I offer you some links that were given to me by Lionel Walsh, Vice President for Conference 2015. The following websites will give you information regarding the broader meaning of this year's conference theme--"Je me souviens"--as well as the Quiet Revolution and the OKA Crisis.

http://www.ameriquefrancaise.org/en/article-579/The_Motto_of_Quebec:_%E2%80%9CJe_me_souviens%E2%80%9D_.html

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/quiet-revolution/

http://www.historyofrights.com/flq1.html

https://www.google.ca/search?q=The+OKA+crisis&client=firefox-a&hs=zDx&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=visXVOD6M-b6igKCt4GwBg&ved=0CDUQsAQ&biw=1920&bih=969

A quick browse through these websites might spark some inspiration for session topics.

If you would like to converse with fellow MT/D members about session ideas, consider using the discussion forum (ATHE 2015 CFPs) on the new MT/D group page. Also, please remember to keep the MT/D leadership informed of your proposal plans. You are more than welcome contact me via e-mail (vandeveb@uwosh.edu) to share session ideas. You may also include me in your e-mail correspondence with other MT/D members. I am willing to assist you at any point in your session planning process.

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Conference 2015 Session Proposals: A September Song

Posted By Bryan M. Vandevender, Bucknell University, Friday, September 26, 2014
Updated: Friday, September 26, 2014

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.
September, November . . .

The Conference Session Proposal system for ATHE 2015 is now operational and available for your submissions. Even though we are only nearing the end of September, the November 1 deadline for session proposals will be upon us soon. I know that many of you were in the process of dreaming potential panels, roundtables, and workshops several weeks back in Scottsdale. With the deadline a little over a month away, I would encourage you to remember those initial plans and start to formulate your proposals.

We have created a discussion forum (ATHE 2015 CFPs) on the new MT/D group page so that you can talk amongst yourselves about session proposals. It is our hope that your will use the forum to post your own calls for papers/panelists, share session ideas, recruit chairs, or suggest roundtable/workshop topics.

Please do keep the MT/D leadership informed of your proposal plans. You are more than welcome to e-mail me your session ideas or include me in your e-mail correspondence with other MT/D members. I am willing to assist you at any point in your session planning process. Also, if you are hoping to propose an multi-disciplinary panel, be sure to reach out to the focus groups from whom you will be asking co-sponsorship. I look forward to hearing more about your session plans in the coming weeks.

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Try to Remember, In Time For November

Posted By Barrie Gelles, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The semester is in full swing and summer is officially over.  You know what that means, don't you?  Time to start thinking about our next summer conference - ATHE 2015 in Montreal!

 There is a forum on our MTD ATHE page designed as a place for us to bounce ideas of each other, circulate CFPs for potential panels, and start conversations.

 Remember, we don't have the listserv this year, so we should use the new resources to ensure that our usually vibrant proposal season stays that way.

 Do you have an idea for a panel? Are you looking for collaborators?  Do you have a paper that you are hoping to find a spot for?  Visit the forum for ATHE Conference 2015 on our site and speak up!

For general information about proposing a session to ATHE, visit the Session Proposal page and read through the FAQs.

Remember to communicate with our fearless conference planner, Bryan Vandevender, so that he can help us plan the best possible sessions.

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