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Pre Conference 2015 "Best Practices in Auditioning & Casting” – Call for Submissions
ATHE Acting and Directing Programs Pre-Conference July 29th and 30th, 2015 Montréal, Québec, Canada Fairmont, the Queen Elizabeth Hotel The Acting and Directing Programs of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) seek proposals for presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, and visual presentations for our Pre-Conference exploring Auditioning and Casting. Those wishing to apply should email 150-250 word abstracts that include the applicant’s name, rank, academic affiliation, address, telephone, email, presentation format (interactive demonstration, presentation, roundtable discussion, or workshop), title of presentation, and a brief description of the paper, panel or presentation. Please include any special technology needs. Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2015 Please send submissions electronically as MS Word or PDF files to BOTH: Veronda Carey, & Boone Hopkins,
1 4/15/2015
Speaking of Heightened Language in Contemporary Plays
I would like to propose a multidisciplinary panel/workshop at the upcoming ATHE conference in Montreal, involving performance (Acting) with speech/voice pedagogy (VASTA). In brief, my work focuses on the Speaking of Heightened Language in Contemporary Plays. At UMass, I have been developing a system of actor training that freely adapts classical techniques of rhetoric and applies them to verbally adventurous contemporary plays (e.g., from Tom Stoppard to Suzan-Lori Parks). In this way, actors develop verbal "chops" (as jazz musicians used to say) for high-octane contemporary texts, as they come to see that it is not just Shakespeare that requires verbal muscle. So, to summarize, I would like to propose a workshop that features the speaking of heightened language in contemporary plays and how actors can borrow techniques from the classical arena to power their speaking. I would welcome any similar or like-minded partners in this enterprise. Milan Dragicevich Associate Professor/
1 10/27/2014
2017 ATHE Acting Focus Group Pre-Conference
Call for Presenters and an Invitation to the 2017 ATHE Acting Focus Group Pre-Conference
1 5/22/2017
Acting Program
12 1/5/2016
ATHE 2015 Focus Group Meetings Notes/Minutes
Acting Focus Group Meeting Friday, July 31, 2015 and Sunday, August 2, 2015 51 participants Miriam Mills and Jeanne Leep led the meetings, and Marjorie Gaines recorded notes as secretary. The Friday, July 31 meeting began with all participants signing in and introducing themselves to the assembled group. Carin Silkaitis raised a question about how to receive emails from the Acting Focus Group. Lionel Walsh explained that we all have to sign and register for specific focus group emails on the ATHE website; Miriam Mills reminded us all to make sure we have joined the Acting Focus Group on the ATHE website. Alicia Tafoya has been our “media guru’ and we need someone to take over this position. Laura Rikard said she would consider doing this, and meet with Alicia to find out more about what the position entails. Hillary Bucs and John Kaufmann are our new co-conference chairs in preparation for the 2016 conference in Chicago, August 11 - 14. MIriam asked for conference
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News from the Acting Focus Group Rep
Notes before our annual business meeting and by law revisions
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Planning to Have a Career and a Life for Actors
Would you be interested in taking part in Ia panel concerning career planning for actors encompassing not only the mechanics of getting work in various media, but also having a life while doing it. In addition to covering the “business” (agents, casting directors, managers, and unions)? My intention is to discuss ways in which actors can avoid early burnout due to personal and financial difficulties. If you are interested please e-mail me at
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