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ATHE's 25th Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
August 11-14, 2011
Palmer House Hilton Hotel

The Lobby of the Palmer House

"Performance Remains, Global Presence:
Memory, Legacy, and Imagined Futures"
The Palmer House Hilton Hotel - Chicago, IL - August 11-14, 2011

During its first 25 years, ATHE has played a crucial role in advancing theatre and performance in higher education in North America. This year's conference pauses to celebrate ATHE's unique impact and to advance these conversations in ways that transcend national borders and disciplinary lines. As we move forward, how can we build on ATHE's strength for bringing together artists and scholars to better respond to and shape the discipline of theatre and performance?

Returning to Chicago, the site of ATHE’s founding, challenges us to think about theatre’s insistence on repetition and presence. Theatre necessarily exists in the present, but how does this live moment remember the past and imagine the future? How might we re-imagine the place of performance beyond boundaries of time and space, nation and discipline, practitioner and scholar?

Plan your schedule for the 2011 Conference - ATHE's 25th!

New this year and in addition to the online program book, the 2011 Conference Schedule is now online with the following features:

  • An interactive event calendar
  • Personal agenda builders for attendees
  • Attendee, Speaker, & Exhibitor Directories
  • Simple, detailed, grid and print-ready schedule views
  • Mobile apps for IPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices

Click here to visit ATHE 2011 Online!

Click the links below to view the "Performance Remains"
Program Book in printed format.

Front Pages
ATHE President's Welcome
ATHE Vice Presidents' for Conference Welcome
ATHE's Mission and Governing Council
(.pdf file, 825KB)

Table of Contents

Focus Group Representatives and Conference Planners
2011 Conference Committee and ATHE Staff

(.pdf file, 298KB)

ATHE Leadership Institute ®
(.pdf file, 194KB)

ATHE Graciously Acknowledges the Following Sponsors of
the 25th Anniversary Conference:

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, New York
Northwestern University, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Routledge Press
University of Michigan Press

Helpful Sessions for First Time Attendees
and a Handy Guide to Registration Hours and All-Conference Events

(.pdf file, 196KB)

Keynote Performance - Split Britches
All-Conference Opening Reception
25th Anniversary Champagne Toast
ATHE 2012 Conference Theme and Committee

(.pdf file, 243KB)

ATHE Annual Awards Ceremony and Recipients:
(.pdf file, 465KB)

  • Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award in Professional Theatre
  • ATHE Career Achievement Award in Academic Theatre
  • ATHE Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in Higher Education Award
  • ATHE Award for Outstanding Book
  • ATHE Award for Oustanding Article
  • ATHE Excellence in Editing Award
  • ATHE Award for Leadership in Community-Based Theatre and Civic Engagement
  • David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award
  • Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
  • ATHE 2011 Awards Committee


The ATHE 25th Annivesary Conference Committee has worked with our plenary speakers to provide Plenary Prompts - short pieces which will prompt participants to begin thinking about the issues that the speakers will raise during the Plenary Session. They have also provided biographies. Access the Plenary Prompts and Biographies by clicking on any of the links below.

Plenary Prompt Biography
Marin Blaževic Marin Blaževic
Pascale Lecoq
Mshai Mwangola Mshai Mwangola
Miguel Rubio Zapata Miguel Rubio Zapata

All-Conference Plenary, All-Conference Forum, and the Annual Meeting

All-Conference Plenary: Interdisciplinarity in Global Contexts
Plenary Response Panels: Interdisciplinarity in Local Contexts
All-Conference Forum - ATHE at 25: What's Next?
ATHE Annual Membership Meeting
(.pdf file, 234KB)

Abstracts from the Past Presidents Participating in ATHE at 25: What's Next?

Annual Membership Meeting Agenda

Performances, Paid Workshops and a Late-Night Party
(.pdf file, 254KB)
Reverend Billy
Guillermo Gomez-Pena and Roberto Sifuentes
Love the Doctor
Solitaire (Dalia Basiouny)
"Six Spaces and Twelve Tools" - Dexter Bullard and Plasticene
"Tools for the Actor in the Process of Collective Creativity" - Miguel Rubio Zapata
"The Ethics of a Popular Theatre" - Nathan Allen and The House Theatre
"Mimodynamic Approach of the Human Body in Relation to Space" - Pascale Lecoq
"How to Book Acting Jobs in TV and Film" - Cathy Reinking

Exhibits and Advertisers
Birthday Bingo Raffle
Exhibit Hall Hours
Author Signings

(.pdf file, 751KB)

Exhibitors and Advertisers as of July 7 Include:
City University of New York, School of Professional Studies - M.A. in Applied Theatre
Actor's Biomechanics Lab
Actors from the London Stage - Shakespeare at Notre Dame
ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center
Drama Education Network
Focus Publishing, R. Pullins Co. Inc.
Johns Hopkins University Press
Lewis Center for the Arts
Maricopa Community Colleges
Mid-America Theatre Conference
Methuen Drama / Bloomsbury Academic & Professional
New York University
Northwestern University Press
Northwestern University - Theatre & Performance Studies
Roehampton University
Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group
Stanford University Drama Department
Southern Illinois University Press
TDR / The Drama Review
The Catholic University of America
The Scholar's Choice
Theatre Communications Group
Timothy Mooney Repertory Theatre
University of Michigan Press
University of Toronto Press Journals
Wadsworth Cengage Learning
New York University, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

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