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Focus Group Meetings at ATHE 2016

Posted By Kelly Howe, VP Conference 2016, Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Hi ATHE Members! Though the draft schedule of the whole conference is available online, I wanted to draw your attention to the scheduling of this year’s focus group meetings on Thursday, August 11th—during the first two concurrent sessions of the conference, right before the ATHE Annual Awards Ceremony and Keynote. This scheduling is something ATHE is trying this year with a few goals in mind:

  • To promote the ability of new community members to connect with their focus groups right away.
  • To avoid—as much as possible—meetings being scheduled across from other panels. That said, people with membership in multiple groups will still likely hop from one meeting to another within a single session, as has always been the case.
  • To provide focus groups the chance to meet once at the beginning of the conference AND connect again (for the groups who would like this option) after the all-conference annual ATHE membership meeting. We’ve scheduled an additional half hour after that meeting for focus groups to re-connect to work on other business, discuss ideas for panels for 2017, etc. This second, shorter meeting could be especially well-suited for discussing ideas for next year’s proposals given that members will have just heard a preview of ATHE 2017 at the membership meeting.

As always, processes are subject to revision, and we’ll see how this works this year and then re-visit how these meetings are scheduled.

Here are the group meetings scheduled for those first two concurrent sessions of the conference on Thursday afternoon, August 11, 2016:

Concurrent Session 1 (1:30 PM-3:00 PM):
Acting Program Focus Group Business Meeting
American Theatre and Drama Society Annual Board Meeting
Association of Theatre Movement Educators Business Meeting 1
Black Theatre Association Focus Group Membership Meeting
Directing Program Focus Group Membership Meeting #1
LGBTQ Focus Group Business Meeting
Performance Studies Focus Group Membership Meeting
Theory and Criticism Annual Business Meeting
Women in Theatre Program Business Meeting
Professional Development Committee Meeting
Research and Publications Committee Meeting

Concurrent Session 2 (3:15 PM to 4:45 PM):
American Theatre and Drama Society Membership Meeting
Association for Asian Performance Membership Meeting
Design, Technology, and Management Membership Meeting
Dramaturgy Focus Group Business Meeting
Music Theatre/Dance Membership Meeting
Playwrights and Creative Teams Membership Meeting
Religion and Theatre Focus Group Business Meeting
Senior Theatre Focus Group Meeting
Theatre & Social Change Focus Group Membership Meeting
Theatre as a Liberal Art Business Meeting
Theatre History Focus Group Membership Meeting
VASTA Focus Group Meeting
Latina/o Focus Group Membership Meeting
Electronic Technology Committee Annual Meeting
Finance Committee Meeting
Advocacy Committee Meeting
Membership & Marketing Committee Meeting

All my best,
Kelly Howe
Conference 2016 VP

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