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Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal

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July 24 - 27, 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona
Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess Hotel

In 2014 we come together in a setting that seems impossible – the desert, in July! – and yet speaks to the human capacity to dream, imagine, transform, and overcome. At the same time, the geopolitical landscape of Arizona offers us a chance to reflect on our responsibilities as artists and educators to the land, to the multiple histories it harbors, and to the next generation of artist/activist/citizens who have charged us with nurturing and shaping their dreams. The historical DREAM Act speaks to this charge. But the conjoining of dreaming to action engages the particular work of performance. ATHE 2014 invites you to take inspiration from the desert to consider how performance dreams forth the possible from the impossible, offering opportunities for refuge, resistance, resilience and renewal.

Fully Integrated Online Schedule

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Conference Program Addendum

Check here for cancellations, additions, and schedule changes.

The sessions that had been scheduled in Casitas 5232 and 5320 have all been moved to different locations due to mechanical problems with the air conditioning in those rooms. Check this addendum for those location changes.

The 2014 Conference Program Book is here!
(Click on any of the links below to view .pdf pages.)

Welcome Letters from ATHE President Henry Bial and ATHE Vice President for Conference 2014 Sonja Kuftinec

ATHE's Mission and Goals
ATHE Governing Council
ATHE Focus Group Representatives and Conference Planners
2014 Conference Committee

ATHE Leadership Institute ® Pre-Conference Workshop

ATHE’s Professional Development Committee, chaired by Vice President James Peck, and Co-Directors Barbara O. Korner, Penn State University, and Mark Heckler, Valparaiso University, present the 14th ATHE Leadership Institute ®. The ATHE Leadership Institute® begins on Tuesday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 24. Designed for new and aspiring theatre chairs and administrators, this workshop matches participants with leaders in the field who have several years of experience as chairs, deans, directors, and provosts. (All of the institute information is available at the link above this paragraph.)

Information for First Time Attendees

2014 Conference Keynote Presentation and All-Conference Reception: Luis Alfaro with Tiffany Ana Lopez (Thursday, July 24 - 6 p.m.)

2015 Conference Information
Annual Membership Meeting and All-Conference Forum: Saturday, July 26 - 10 a.m.
2014 ATHE Annual Awards Ceremony: Thursday, July 24 - 5 p.m.

ATHE proudly salutes its nine award winners in this plenary.

  • Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award for Professional Theatre: Luis Valdez
  • ATHE Career Achievement Award for Academic Theatre: Harry Elam, Stanford University
  • Oscar Brockett Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education: Gretel Geist Rutledge, Michigan State University
  • ATHE Excellence in Editing Award: Harvey Young, Northwestern University
  • ATHE Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement: John Somers, Freelance Theatre-Maker
  • ATHE Award for Outstanding Book: Joshua Takano Chambers-Letson for A Race So Different: Performance and Law in Asian America
  • ATHE Award for Outstanding Article: Jennifer Parker-Starbuck for "Animal Ontologies and Media Representations: Robotics, Puppets, and the Real of War Horse" (Theatre Journal 65:3, October 2013)
  • Jane Chambers Playwriting Award: Gina Young for FEMMES: A Tragedy
All-Conference Plenary: Friday, July 25 - 10:15 a.m.

Dream Activism and Pedagogies for a Changing America

The American Dream has long been aligned with national westward expansion, in the desire both to settle and occupy as well as to generate and convert local economies and ways of life. This panel proposes an alternative direction for dreaming: starting from indigenous perspectives and on-the-ground activism in Arizona and moving through institutions of higher education. Panelists share local models of production and activist engagement that meet a new imperative in the classroom: to understand and respond to the shifting demographics and economic conditions that affect our students, our jobs, our universities and the state of the field. “Dream Activism” proposes models for sustainable movement-building to envision new ways to teach and practice theater in higher education around the country.

Panelists will include: Tomás Stanton, Co-Founder of Phonetic Spit, Phoenix; Raquel Rubio, University of Arizona, Tucson; Barclay Goldsmith, Borderlands Theater, Tucson; Dulce Juarez, ACLU, Teatro Nopalero and DREAMer activist, Phoenix; Catherine Cole, University of California, Berkeley; Respondent Patricia Ybarra, Brown University and ATHE President-Elect

Videos: Lines and Ormiguero by Phoenix filmmaker Efrain Robles

Moderator: Tamara Underiner, Arizona State University, Tempe

Remarks from Tamara Underiner
Remarks from Catherine Cole
Remarks from Patricia Ybarra

Exhibit Hall, Exhibitors and Advertisers

Refuge : Hidden Stories - Transit Performance - Wednesday, July 23 | 7 - 9 p.m.
Vessel presents Spectrum: Community Waterfall - Friday, July 25 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Vessel presents Unreal City: Remixes of the Arizona Landscape - Saturday, July 26 | 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Intimate Acts: Banned Play Readings - Saturday, July 26 | 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Paid Workshops

Teatro Grottesco - Movement and Gesture as Genetic Cultural Memory - Thursday, July 24 | 1:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Teatro Grottesco - Silent Story-Telling - Friday, July 25 | 12 - 3:15 p.m.
Luis Alfaro - Getting Your Hands Dirty: A Playwriting Workshop - Friday, July 25 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m.
Kinan Valdez - Theatre of the Sphere: An Ancient American Approach to Activist Theatre - Saturday, July 26 | 2:15 - 5:30 p.m.

All-Conference Schedule and Concurrent Session Listings

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