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Members-at-Large Election 2017 0 A. Thomas, University of Central Florida Question for all ATHE LGBTQ members: Is anyone interested in being an ATHE Member-at-Large? The MALs are the liaisons between the focus groups and the ATHE governing body. We will elect two positions in August, neither of which will have an incumbent: 1. The MAL for Operations. (Responsibilities for this position include serving on the Operations Committee (OC), representing the Focus Groups both on the OC and the Governing Council. 2. The MAL for Advocacy (Responsibilities for this position include serving on the Advocacy Committee (AC), representing the Focus Groups both on the AC and the Governing Council. If you're interested in serving ATHE in this way, or if you have ideas for who might be great in these positions, please send me an email ( and I can share more details. This would be a great opportunity for getting more involved in ATHE governance, particularly for those interested in advocacy.
by A. Thomas, University of Central Florida
Sunday, July 2, 2017
ATDS John W. Frick Book Award (15 Feb. 2015) 0 A. Hughes, Brooklyn College (CUNY) ATDS John W. Frick Book Award for the Best Book in American Theatre and Drama published in 2014     Deadline: February 15, 2015   Purpose: The American Theatre and Drama Society’s John W. Frick Book Award honors the best monograph published each year on American theatre and/or performance, recognizing that notions of “America” and the United States encompass migrations of peoples and cultures that overlap and influence one another. The award recipient will receive a cash prize of $200 and be recognized at the annual ATDS membership meeting at the ATHE Conference (July 30-August 2, 2015, in Montreal). For more information about ATDS, visit   Evaluation and eligibility: Books will be evaluated on the basis of originality, critical rigor, and contribution to the field of American theatre and drama. Books must exhibit a copyright date of 2014. Edited collections, anthologies, and plays are not eligible.   Nominations: The author, the publisher, or any member of ATDS may submit nominations.             Submissions: Please submit 1 copy of the book each to:   1. Amy E. Hughes (Chair, Frick Award Committee), Department of Theater, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210   2. James Fisher, 3516 Regents Park Lane, Greensboro, NC 27455   3. Ariel Nereson, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Avenue, Box 598, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604   4. Harvey Young, Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University, The Wirtz Center, 1949 Campus Drive, Room 215A, Evanston, IL 60208-2430   Questions? Please contact Dr. Amy E. Hughes at   Notification: The award recipient will be notified by May 1, 2015.     Dr. Amy E. Hughes Associate Professor, Theater History & Criticism Deputy Chair for Graduate Studies, Dept. of Theater Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY  11210 718.951.5000 x2767 // Author of Spectacles of Reform: Theater and Activism in Nineteenth-Century America: Co-editor, A Player and a Gentleman (critical/digital edition of the Harry Watkins Diary): Bio and CV:
by A. Hughes, Brooklyn College (CUNY)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
ATHE 2015 - CFP: Femininst Pedagogies 0 J. Del Vecchio Fantasy Feminisms: Remembering and Reimagining Feminist PedagogiesIn response to ATHE 2015’s conference theme, Je me souviens (“I remember”), this roundtable seeks to foster a community that reflects on their experiences of teaching theatre and performance with feminist intentions. We invite participants to remember a course or particular moment in a course---an assignment, a lesson plan, a discussion of a text or performance, for instance---that stands out as a success or a failure of feminist pedagogy. What did you do, what were your intentions, and what would you do differently in retrospect? We encourage participants to collect digital “souvenirs” to share---assignment sheets or (with students’ permission) examples of student writing, videos, images of projects, etc.---to enrich our conversation and to create an archive of feminist teaching practices. We seek participants eager to discuss such questions as:How do pedagogies that explicitly engage race, sexual and gender identity, ethnicity, and class, for example, intersect with feminisms in the classroom? How do feminist pedagogies work in practice-based classrooms? (This could address acting, directing, or design classes.) In what ways can digital connectivity be harnessed for sustained engagement and meaningful student learning in the classroom? This session builds on the ATHE 2014 Women and Theatre roundtable “Fantasy Feminisms: Dreaming of the Perfect Syllabus” in which five participants shared syllabi and assignment strategies on the blog This year, we will ask participants to post a 200-400 word reflection on the blog one month prior to the conference. At the conference, participants will share their memories and souvenirs with each other and the audience. The remainder of the session will be dedicated to a roundtable discussion of feminist classroom practices, allowing ample time for audience observations and contributions.If interested, please submit an abstract that includes the title of your course and a 1-3 sentence description of the memory you would like to present to and by Monday, October 27th.
by J. Del Vecchio
Monday, October 13, 2014
CFP, LGBTQ Focus Group/ATHE 2015 0 L. Sloan LGBTQ Focus Group Call for ProposalsAssociation for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) ConferenceJuly 30-Aug 2, 2015 | Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montréal, Québec, CanadaSubmission Deadlines:Individual presentations: October 10 (submit to sessions: November 1 (submit online directly to LGBTQ Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education invites proposals for panels, performances, roundtables, seminars, “text-and-response,” working groups, etc. at ATHE 2015. • We encourage submissions that think through underrepresented subject positions in LGBTQ studies such as disabled, trans, indigenous, non-white, and women-identified persons.  • We hope that session coordinators will consider not only disciplinary and institutional diversity as they curate submissions, but also assemble participants of different races, genders, and sexual orientations.  • Proposals that approach the conference format queerly and creatively are very welcome.  • We encourage participants to develop ideas related to the conference theme, “Je me souviens,” though we will consider all topics related to theater, performance, and LGTBQ issues. • Three particular areas of interest are addressed more fully below: memory and remembrance; nationalism, imperialism, and (anti)colonialism; and questions of translation, language, and cross-cultural encounter. Je me souviens.I remember.Lest we forget.Québec’s motto is a reminder to remember.  Performance has the potential to unsettle distinctions between memory and history in ways that might imagine more radical and just futures.  As a palimpsest, the stage permits LGBTQ people to riff on traditional notions of theatre in profane and unexpected ways.  Using various memory practices—testimony, autobiographical performance, and recuperations of uncanny ancestors—LGBTQ folk have (re)inscribed our experiences into the master narratives and dominant discourses that repeatedly script us out.  Gestures, poses, costumes, and sonic elements carry forward traces of queerness beyond the archive.  In this vein of memory and remembrance, we encourage submissions that reflect on: LGBTQ folk tales & myth makingQueering archivesOral history as performanceQueer childhoods & queer ancestorsDance, ritual, & gesture as memoryForgetting, amnesia, & disabilityAutobiography & autoethnographyRevivals & parodies The conference theme is also an acknowledgement of Canada’s layered histories of colonialism and nationalism, of British imperial conquest over French Canadians, and of European settlement on indigenous land.  Imperial projects have historically portrayed LGBTQ folks, alongside ethnic minorities, as threats to national security.  More recently, scholars such as Scott Morgensen and Jasbir Puar have demonstrated the complicity of LGBTQ movements with settler colonialism and ethnic apartheid, though little work has been done to ground theatre, dance, and performance in these conversations.  On this track of nationalism, imperialism, and (anti)colonialism, we seek submissions that explore: Queer Nation & Lesbian SeparatismPinkwashing & homonationalismCitizenship & sexual devianceQueer activism as performanceAnti/Post-colonial theatreNation-making, kinship, & (re)production The English translation of “Je me souviens” is contested: “I remember,” and “Lest we forget.”  This draws attention to tension in the labor of remembering as an individual or collective project; it also reflects the challenge of translation.  Theatre, as we well know, is always an exercise in translation: from script to speech act, from improvised movement to repeatable gesture, from director’s vision to lighting director’s equipment limitations.  Translation involves compromise and negotiation.  What is lost when LGBTQ subcultures are translated for mainstream theatergoers?  What is learned when western LGBTQ aesthetics are performed outside of the U.S. and Europe?  Can queer pleasure come from the inevitable différance of translation?  Attending to questions of translation, language, and cross-cultural encounters, we seek submissions that discuss: Adaptation & interpretationNon-English & multilingual LGBTQ theatreTransnational circulations of queer theatreThe globalization of LGBTQ identitiesIndigenous critiques of LGBTQ identityTwo spirit ritual, performance, & representationLGBTQ theatre in the borderlands  INFORMATION ON SUBMITTING PROPOSALS:1. Completed proposals (with all session members assembled) may be submitted directly to ATHE no later than November 1, 2014.  Please forward a copy of your completed proposal to Kareem Khubchandani (  Please note that all technology requests must be included in your completed proposal.  Consultation with the LGBTQ conference planner well in advance of the November 1deadline is recommended and appreciated.2. While complete sessions are strongly encouraged, individual paper proposals may be submitted to the LGBTQ Focus Group conference planner (  The conference planner will attempt to group submissions into cohesive sessions but cannot guarantee inclusion.  In order to be considered, individual proposals must be submitted by October 10, 2014.  Abstracts (250 words) must include the presentation title and the submitter’s contact information and must specify any A/V needs.  ATHE does not accept individual paper submissions: do not submit your individual proposal on the ATHE website.3. All A/V support is fee-based.  Grants for A/V support are available and encouraged.  To apply, follow the directions on the proposal submissions form at ATHE’s website and fill out any additional information required.  You will be notified of grant monies at the same time that you are notified of the status of your session.  ATHE cannot accommodate A/V requests submitted after November 1 without substantial cost to the individual presenter.4. Please note that ATHE runs from Thursday through Sunday in 2015.  The application form will not accept scheduling preferences.5. We encourage session coordinators with proposals that encompass the interests of multiple focus groups to pursue a multidisciplinary session.  Presenters wishing to create multidisciplinary sessions should contact the Focus Group conference planners for each of the three groups that they propose as co-sponsors of their sessions, since multidisciplinary session coordinators who do not complete this step are likely to have their sessions ranked low or rejected.6. Presenters proposing sessions outside the traditional panel format are asked to be specific in their proposals concerning the structure and number of participants so that ATHE can be notified about time/space needs.7. ATHE will notify the LGBTQ Focus Group concerning accepted or rejected panels in February.  Presenters should expect to hear from the conference planner or the session coordinator by early March.
by L. Sloan
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Dream/Wish Post-Its from the 2014 Business Meeting 1 C. Browning With the conference in Montreal next year, I would suggest a couple of possibilities for rockstar performers:Brendan HealeySky GilbertBrad FraserMichel TremblayMichel Marc BouchardRobert LePageHillar LitojaAnd for rockstar theorists, getting Sue Golding, who currently teaches in England, would be a real coup.
by F. Miller
Monday, August 4, 2014

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