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Directing Program 2017 Brainstorming Summary
Potential Topics for ATHE 2018, Boston

2018 Theme –Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest

From the conference committee:
“The 2018 ATHE Conference focuses on revolution, resistance, and protest, and the multiple ways these ideas – and the actions that spring from them – impact theatre in higher education. Drawing on the city of Boston for its historical significance in the American Revolution, and as a site of both academic excellence and artistic innovation, we aim to explore revolutions at the multiple intersections of politics, theatre education, and professional practice."  (Full call available here.)

Initial ideas generated at 2017 DP meetings:
THEME – Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest

a.    Future pre-con or double paid session – pairing with ATME & SAFD, huge intensive on fight choreography, safety, hiring guest artists & Intimacy choreography (Acting would be on board)

b.    KJ Sanchez

c.    Donald and Devising

d.    Covert/Subversive Protest Theatre (how to do the work as non-tenure faculty) – how to incorporate into curriculum/season

e.    Not just mentor option, but peer review option (for bigger ATHE) - Session on how to peer review directing work as research

f.     Bubble – our responsibility in telling stories (who may do it?), community-engaged directing

g.    Role of Assistant or Associate Director – career path (SDC collab)

h.    Casts revolting

i.      Quiet room – recorded SDC podcast?

j.      How we work in the room when material is demanding (with Dramaturgy); artifact that could be pulled apart and problematized

k.    Protest resistance on campus and beyond, reaching outside “normal” theater audiences

l.      Theatre classroom as site for protest pedagogy – critical literacy

m.  Devil’s advocate – how do we keep communication lines open

n.    When you create collaboratively, who gets ownership as it lives on

 o.    Appropriation, revolutionizing canonical texts

p.    Global scope? Protest theater as immersive theater

q.    From Safe Space to Risky Play

r.     *2020 Detroit – tunnel to Canada (University of Windsor for pre-con) – explore an international theme/ border

s.     Digital storytelling techniques (transmedia)

t.     How to deal with reactionary public to academic pursuits (threats); local vs. national protest/resistance and how they impact each other

u.    Director’s responsibility in response to protest/resistance

v.    Dichotomy between revolution/protest and reality of working with company of students & their capabilities

w.  In defense of entertainment

x.    *Get Reverend Billy to give keynote?

y.    New practices that aren’t on the radar (i.e. micro theater)

z.     How do we protect student actors in revolutionary theater making?


Information on Submitting Panels:

FULL panels submit on ATHE website

 Deadline November 1st

 Guidelines should be on website for submission (FAQs)

Look at the form first! Then reach out to collaborators

Full Panel proposals only, use Directing page to offer up ideas and seek collaborators/panelists

Thoughtful use of A/V (very costly)

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