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Monday, September 23, 2013

Volume 27, Number 7

Baby Steps from ATHE President, Henry Bial

At this year’s conference in Orlando, I laid out a vision for ATHE that included serving the field by moving more decisively into the realm of data collection and analysis. If we are to fulfill our mission of supporting and advancing the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education, we need to gain a greater understanding of the full shape and texture of our profession. How can we set goals, plan actions, and even know if we’re advancing our mission if we don’t know where we are as a field? If we don’t know the full measure of the challenges we’re facing?

Toward that end, the Governing Council has dedicated resources toward increasing ATHE’s capacity for data collection and analysis. It is the first, very preliminary results of that effort that I want to share with you in this article. ... Read more.

2013 ATHE Membership Research Groups Provide Valuable Member Insights in This Three-Year Project

Three membership research groups led by Maria Berg-Stark, Avenue M Group, brought together a broad spectrum of ATHE members at the Orlando Conference to probe members about: their decision to join, the value of membership programs and services, future services, issues/challenges, level of Involvement, communications, other resources, recommendations and final thoughts. Read more about the groups here.

ATHE Welcomes New Affiliate: Indie Theater Now 

At its annual meeting in Orlando, the Governing Council voted unanimously to accept a request for Affiliate status from digital publisher Indie Theater Now and its parent organization The New York Theatre Experience. Indie Theater Now (ITN) joins a list of formally recognized affiliate organizations that receive several benefits in partnership with ATHE, including articles in ATHENews, access to ATHE’s listservs, a link from the ATHE website to the affiliate’s site, and panels at ATHE’s annual conference. Read more.

Focus Group News

Visit the Focus Group News page for news and calls for proposals / papers for the conference from many focus groups.




Propose a Session for ATHE 2014!

The ATHE 2014 Session Proposal Process is now available on the website at Proposals and grant requests are due by November 1, 2013. Visit the following links:

Got questions? We have answers. Many answers to the most frequently asked questions are available on the website. Scroll over conferences, down to sessions, and click!

“Dreaming”of and Preparing for ATHE 2014 Conference in Scottsdale, AZ!

As ATHE members create their session proposals by the November 1 deadline, thinking about funding issues is also top-of-mind for many graduate student members. Read more about hotel costs and other details.

Want to Participate in ATHE? These Online Training Webinars Will Help!

ATHE is pleased to announce online training webinars for various conference-related tasks.

How to Submit a Successful Session Proposal will be offered on September 24 (12:30 - 2 p.m., EDT - click to register for 9/24) and October 15 (7 - 8:30 p.m., EDT - click to register for 10/15).

Plan an Outstanding Pre- or Post-Conference will be offered on September 27 (12 - 1:30 p.m., EDT - click to register for 9/27) and October 4 (7 - 8:30 p.m., EDT - click to register for 10/4).

The ATHE Focus Group Conference Planners’ Training will be offered on October 4 (12:30 - 2 p.m., EDT - click to register for 10/4) and October 16 (7 - 8:30 p.m., EDT - click to register for 10/16).

Webinars are facilitated through GoToMeeting; a computer headset including a microphone and earbuds is recommended, but audio can also be accessed through the telephone.



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