Association for Theatre in Higher Education

The application deadline for the ATHE Leadership Institute® has been extended to May 19, 2017.

Don't miss your chance—apply today.

The ATHE Leadership Institute® provides professional development opportunities for faculty members to prepare for leadership roles in higher education and serve more effectively. Since 2000, more than 200 faculty members have participated in the workshops and mentoring. Presenters include national leaders in higher education as well as experienced chairs, deans, and other executives who volunteer their time and expertise to mentor faculty.

To learn more or apply click here.

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2018 Conference Upcoming Important Dates


May 1, 2018 Registration opens
May 15, 2018 Materials due to your Focus Group Conference Planner:
  • Finalized session description for the printed program (no more than 30 words)
  • Finalized session title
  • Finalized listing of session participants, paper titles, and institutions for the printed program
June 4, 2018 Early Bird Registration ends
June 15, 2018 Conference Registration required for all presenters



Ann Shanahan
Associate Professor of Theatre
Loyola University Chicago

Co-editor, SDC Journal Peer-Reviewed Section
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

Vice President for Conference 2018
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)


[Photography credit (top to bottom) Kyle Klein, reprinted with permission from; Nicolas Woolf, reprinted with license CC 2.0 from; GBCVB, reprinted with permission from]

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As we face increasing costs alongside often fixed or declining University budgets and changes in academic hiring practices, we are looking to diversify and expand our offering around exhibit space, sponsorship, and advertising. To do this and to help ensure that the conference remains affordable for all who want to participate, we’ve sought to expand the possibilities for sponsorship, ranging from wi-fi, videography, and A/V in the venue to supporting attendance from graduate students and historically underrepresented populations to sponsoring particular events, such as the Chairs and Deans’ Forum or GSSC Social. You can see and download the full brochure here. This year in Boston, we’re expecting attendance of approximately 800 people, with over 2000 following the conference through social media, and digital/online discussions.

We’re also open to other new and different sponsorship possibilities, and happy to discuss these with members and potential sponsors/exhibitors/advertisers. As we develop these opportunities, we’d like to ask you for your assistance. Do you know an individual or an organization that might be interested in reaching our membership? Can you present the brochure to your employer(s) and your alma mater, as well as passing it along to appropriate contacts you might have at corporate and charitable organizations.

Is there a particular product or service you’ve found useful in your program or department that you think could benefit others within the ATHE community? Can you help us by reaching out to them and/or putting us in touch with them to help us build those relationships?

President-elect Josh Abrams leads ATHE’s sponsorship, helping to allow continuity and enabling us to begin to focus on building longer-term relationships. If you’d like to discuss or assist with any of this, please contact Josh at


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From Dr. Charles Grimes, Book Review Editor, METHODS

Senior Editor of METHODS is Professor Ruis Woertendyke, Pace University

Following is a list of books selected for possible review in volume 3 of METHODS: A Journal of Acting Pedagogy, to be published in 2017 by Pace University Press. If you would like to review another title, please email me ( If you would like to review two of the books below that are on the same subject, that could be worked out. And please share this list if you know of a colleague who may be interested in reviewing a book.

I have a copy of each of the books below, ready to send out to any reviewer:
Purdy, Stephen. Musical Theatre Song: A Comprehensive Course in Selection, Preparation, and Presentation for the Modern Performer. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama,2016. 978-1-4725-6656-0.
Clifton, Alex. The Actor’s Workbook: A Practical Guide to Training, Rehearsing, and Devising + Video. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016. 978-1-4725-3004
Soto-Morettini, Donna. Mastering the Shakespeare Audition: A Quick Guide to Performance Success, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016, 978-1-4742-6685-7
Brody, Jane Drake. The Actor’s Business Plan: A Career Guide for the Acting Life. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015. 9781472573698.
Hunter, Kelly. Cracking Shakespeare: A Hands-On Guide for Actors and Directors + Video. Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015. 9781472532831.
Ewen, Vanessa and Debbie Green. Actor Movement: Expression of the Physical Being.  Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015. 9781408134412.
Kelly, Baron.  An Actor’s Task. Hackett Publishing, 2015. 9781585103782. 
Brennan, Amanda. The Energetic Performer: An Integrated Approach to Acting for Stage and Screen. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016. 978-1848190979.
Wilkie, Ian.  Performing in Comedy: A Student’s Guide.  Routledge, 2016. 9781138913882.
Sharp, David Maurice.  The Thriving Artist: Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists, and the Stage & Film Industries. Routledge, 2015. 9781138809178.
Olsen, Christopher.   Acting Comedy.  Routledge, 2015. 9781138891418.
Cohen, Lola. The Method Acting Exercises Handbook.  Routledge, 2016. 9780415750059.

These are additional possibilities for review: Again, please email me at if you have other suggestions.
Zinn, Jeff. The Existential Actor: Life and Death Onstage and Off. Smith and Kraus, 2015.  9781575259000.
Ley, Graham. Acting Greek Tragedy. University of Exeter Press, 2015. 9780859898935.
Morris, Eric. Acting, Imaging, and the Unconscious. Ermor Enterprises, 2015. 9780962970948.
Hafler, Max.  Teaching Voice: Workshops for Young Performers.  Nick Hern Books, 2016.  


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CALL FOR PAPERS – ATHE 2018 – Theatre as a Liberal Art DEBUT PANEL – Boston, Massachusetts

The Theatre as a Liberal Art Focus Group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) invites submissions for its debut panel at the 2018 ATHE Conference in Boston, Mass.  Submissions are solicited from new and emerging artist-scholars who have neither published articles with ATHE nor previously presented at ATHE.  Junior faculty and graduate students in higher education are encouraged to participate in the Debut Panel. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2018. 

Papers must address theatre as a liberal art, but there are several ways to approach this goal.  Consider teaching approaches and pedagogical practices in theatre classrooms – including acting, directing, theatre history, design, technology, and intersections among them.  Papers might also examine administrative challenges of theatre as a liberal art, teaching in a small department, or interdisciplinary campus work. Papers may engage explicitly the conference theme – Theatres of Revolution: Performance, Pedagogy, and Protest – but thematic papers are not required. What are the revolutions in your classrooms, pedagogy, department, campus? In what ways are you resisting, reinventing, revolutionizing your work with students?

Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of theatre scholars. The top three papers will be presented at the national conference in Boston. The panel will also include a response from a senior scholar in Theatre as a Liberal Art. Papers should be standard conference length for a 20 minute presentation (8-10 pages). Those selected should plan to attend the conference in Boston, MA August 1-5, 2018. Information about registration and further information on the conference may be found at

Please send your paper as a .pdf email attachment to the TLA Focus Group Representative Janice Pohl ( with “TLA Debut Panel Submission” in the subject line. Please do NOT put your name on the paper. However, in the body of your email message, please indicate: the title of your paper, your name, institution, address, telephone number, and email address. Please email a copy of your paper April 30, 2018. 

The selected panelists will be notified by mid-May 2018.

Panelists may receive a small honorarium to help defray the cost of conference attendance.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Janice Pohl or Peter Harrigan (

Please share this call for papers with any graduate students, new faculty, and others entering the academic job market who might want to get involved with ATHE.

Janice Pohl
ATHE TLA Focus Group Representative


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ATHE's Playwrights Program (PACT—Playwrights and Creative Teams) is seeking actors, directors, dramaturgs, and designers to work with the twenty-ninth annual New Play Development Workshop/Showcase and annual ATHE Excellence in Playwriting Award Reading events at the ATHE Conference in Boston, August 1-5, 2018.

EVENT #1--NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP: Directors, dramaturgs, designers, and actors are invited to submit applications to work with one of the eight 10-minute scripts selected for the New Play Development event. Each playwright will be assigned a director, a dramaturg, a designer (who will function as a scenographer during the development process) and a group of actors; these creative teams will work on the scripts throughout the four-day conference for an average of two to three hours per day (attendance at the rest of the ATHE conference is possible and encouraged). The Workshop will culminate in a public, script-in-hand reading of the plays in a SHOWCASE OF SCRIPTS.

EVENT #2 – The annual ATHE EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRITING AWARD DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP AND SHOWCASE READING: a full length ATHE Excellence in Playwriting winner will also have a script-in-hand showcase performance of the play presented during the conference week.

These New Play Events afford playwrights, actors, directors and dramaturgs, and designers the opportunity to work with artists from all over the United States and Canada who are experienced in dealing with original material and to have their work presented at the conference.

Applicants should send letters of application and a brief resume which indicates, in particular, the applicant's experience with original scripts. (Actors include a photo.) The letter of application should also include mailing address and telephone/e-mail numbers for now and for the summer, should that be different from your current information.


We are now developing the creative teams for the selected plays.

Applications should be sent to Judith Royer, 7847 Flight Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone, (310) 670-0362,


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August 1-5, 2018


One Actor needed for the ATHE EXCELLENCE IN PLAYWRTING AWARD/SHOWCASE (full-length winner of the EPA award workshop and all-conference development workshop/showcase performance)

  • 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, TEEN-20’S-30’S, Mid-Eastern/South Asian. Some knowledge of Arabic would be great but not essential.

Dramaturgs and actors needed for the NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP/SHOWCASE (eight short plays, development and script-in-hand showcase performance)

Several Dramaturgs and still needed.

Actors needed for roles listed below:

  • 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S,  successful banker, any ethnicity.
  • 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, environmental activist, slight build, nervous, hipster look, any ethnicity.
  • 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, environmental activist, big, sloppy look, any ethnicity.
  • 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, TEEN, about to graduate, genuinely likable, somewhat impulsive, coming of age story, any ethnicity.
  • 1 MALE – AGE RANGE, TEEN, about to graduate, intelligent, seemingly self-assured, coming of age story, any ethnicity.
  • 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, attractive blond banker’s wife.
  • 1 FEMALE/MALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, transgender, at high school reunion, any ethnicity.
  • 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, environmental activist, retro punk look, any ethnicity.
  • 1 FEMALE – AGE RANGE, 20’S-30’S, young woman on worker’s picket line, 1936, white.

Anyone interested (or persons you wish to recommend) should contact New Play’s Program Coordinator, Judith Royer, as soon as possible. Need brief dramaturg/acting resume and photo for actors. Include mailing address and telephone/e-mail numbers for now and for the summer, should that be different from your current information. E-mail submission encouraged. If you send by overnight mail, be sure to waive the need for a delivery signature.

Contact Judith Royer, 7847 Flight Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone, (310) 670-0362,



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