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Call for Performers


a workshop performance devised and presented during Conference 2012
under the direction of Tim Miller

The Association for Theatre in Higher Education seeks performers for the upcoming “DocumentNation” performance on the National Mall on Saturday, August 4, 2012 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

How does the bill of sale for a slave in Virginia in 1857 collide with the Declaration of Independence and then ricochet off a Marriage License for a same sex couple in Iowa in 2009? This is the kind of question the “DocumentNation” performance project will engage as it explores what national documents mean to different communities/identities across time. Under the direction of Tim Miller, an internationally acclaimed solo performer and devised performance director, a group of volunteer performers will examine the collision of foundational documents that inform our society. Using a fast-paced workshop process, participants will create an ensemble piece and perform it on the Mall as part of ATHE’s 2012 conference. This performance project offers ATHE members a unique opportunity to enhance their creative experience at the 2012 conference, while also engaging in valuable professional development.

Any individual attending ATHE’s 2012 conference may volunteer to participate in the “DocumentNation” performance. This performance is one event within the larger Foundational Documents Project. Individual focus groups have also sponsored sessions on the Foundational Documents theme, and these separate events are scheduled throughout the conference (see the list provided at the end of this document)

To participate, volunteers must be available to commit to rehearsals on the following days and times:

  • Thursday, August 2: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 3: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 4: 11:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

In addition, pre-conference communication with Tim Miller is expected. As part of this work, Miller will ask participants to select a founding document that speaks strongly to their sense of self. The performance itself will be on Saturday, August 4th from 5:00-7:00pm.

Performers must be or become ATHE members, register for the conference and select/check off “Performer in Foundational Documents Project DocumentNation Performance” once registration is available in late March. Rehearsals are mandatory.

Participation is on a first come, first served basis. Performers will be listed in the Onsite Program book schedule. The sign-up deadline is July 1.

The following focus groups are currently scheduled to present panels in the Foundational Documents Project. These may be of interest, but are not required of participants in DocumentNation: Dramaturgy (8/3-1:45 pm); Directing (8/3-3:30 pm); Religion and Theatre (8/3-5:15 pm); Theatre and Social Change (8/3-5:15 pm); Theory and Criticism (8/3 -7:00 pm); Performance Studies Focus Group (8/4-11:30 am); Women & Theatre Program (8/4 -3:30 pm).

The “DocumentNation” event continues ATHE’s effort to integrate collaborative performance opportunities into the conference experience. At the 2007 New Orleans Conference, ATHE offered members and attendees the opportunity to create performance pieces during the conference in the “Interactions” project. ATHE also offered MicroFringe events at the 2008 Denver Conference and the 2010 LA Conference, giving members and nonmembers a space to showcase their work.

You can contact Tim Miller at, but as a reminder: you must register for the ATHE conference in order to volunteer to perform.

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